Monthly Archives: June 2010

Wimbledon Match Turns Into Marathon, Breaks Records For Longest Grand Slam Tennis Match Ever

Tennis, anyone?

Hmm, I don’t know if we’ll have time considering all the things you would probably have to do in the time frame that it took John Isner and Nicolas Mahut to get through their epic 11-hour tennis match and 8-hour fifth set at Wimbledon.  Other things you could do in that time frame:

  • Watch the entire Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.
  • Fly across the country or take a trans-Atlantic flight.
  • Drive from Boston to Washington D.C. and have time to spare.

It’s true; the Isner/Mahut Wimbledon classic was the longest tennis match in Grand Slam history with it clocking in at 11 hours and 5 minutes (the fifth set alone lasted 8 hours and 11 minutes). For the 23rd seeded Isner and the 148th ranked Mahut, the match became something more than a match to see who would move on at one of tennis’ greatest venues and tournaments, Wimbledon. It became history in the making.

In the 133-year history of Wimbledon, nothing has even come close to the length that Isner and Mahut pushed their bodies to on Wednesday. Even from a games standard the match broke records considering that Isner and Mahut played more games in the fifth set than the longest full match in Wimbledon history (138 games). The best part it was that it wasn’t over! The match lasted so long (183 total games) in fact that play had to be suspended on Tuesday, continued on Wednesday, just to be suspended due to darkness again Wednesday night and continued on Thursday.

After 118 games played in the fifth set on Wednesday, no one had been declared the victor and the match continued on Thursday. Tied at 59-59 in the fifth on Wednesday night, the two walked, or better yet staggered, off the court to finish their duel in the light of the next day in which Isner finally walked away victorious by a margin of 70-68. This match finally clocked in at an overall eleven hours and five minutes.

The event was so historic, that both players and the umpire were given official gifts, from Wimbledon, to remember the past three day’s events.  The three also took pictures in front of the final scoreboard to capture the moment.  The crowd was magnificent.