Jun 25, 2010

The Longest Match In Tennis History

The Longest Match In Tennis History 00 This article details longest tennis match records by duration or number of games. The 1973 introduction of the tiebreak reduced the opportunity for such records to be broken. However, among the Grand Slams, only the US Open uses the tiebreak in the fifth set; the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon instead use the advantage set rules in the fifth set. This allowed, for example, the record-smashing Isner v. Mahut match at Wimbledon 2010.

At the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, in the Gentlemen's Singles tournament, the American 23rd seed John Isner beat the French qualifier Nicolas Mahut in the longest match in tennis history, measured both by time and number of games. After 11 hours, 5 minutes of play over three days, the match finished 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7), 7–6(3), 70–68.

The match began at 6:18 pm British Summer Time (17:18 UTC) on Tuesday 22 June 2010. At 9:07 pm, due to fading light, play was suspended at two sets each. After resuming on Wednesday at 2:05 pm, the record for longest match was broken at 5:45 pm. The light faded again, and so play was suspended at 9:13 pm, with the final set tied at 59 games each. Play resumed at 3:40 pm on Thursday, and Isner won at 4:49 pm, the final set having lasted 8 hours, 11 minutes.

In addition, this match set duration records for:

  • Longest play in a single day: The first 118 games of the fifth set, played on 23rd of June 2010, lasted 7 hours and 6 minutes. This time is longer than the entire Nelson-Hepner match (below) and any other match in tennis history.
  • Most games in a single day: 118, on the 23rd of June.


LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24:  John Isner of USA (L) poses after winning on the third day of his first round match against Nicolas Mahut of France (C) with Chair Umpire Mohamed Lahyani on Day Four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 24, 2010 in London, England. The match is the longest in Grand Slam history.  (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images) John Isner, Nicolas Mahut and Chair Umpire Mohamed Lahyani

The Longest Match In Tennis History 02 John Isner

The Longest Match In Tennis History 04 Nicolas Mahut

Sources: Wikipedia.org, Hamish Blair/Getty Images


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