A person can do a lot in 11 hours. You could drive from New Orleans to St. Louis. You could have started and finished a book. You could have gone to work and have eaten all three of your daily meals by that point. You could have even gone to an amusement park with the family and be worn down by the eighth hour. For a dare and $10,000 you might be willing to watch 4 baseball games or 7 World Cup soccer matches in a row (imagine that). But watch an 11 hour plus longest tennis match in history? As crazy as it sounds, there now has been such a marathon match. The longest tennis match in history was over 11 hours long! To see a post-match interview of the players of this epic and once in a lifetime match (click here). The players seem very groggy and tired…I don’t know why.
Longest Tennis Match In History (Started Tuesday June 22, 2010–Ended Thursday June 24, 2010)
The longest tennis match in history lasted a world record 11 hours and 5 minutes. To say these guys were about as evenly matched as one can get is a gross understatement. If you happened to stumble upon a channel covering this record setting match between American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, I would be curious to know for what length of time you viewed of it by leaving a comment at my site (click here).
Most tennis matches may last up to 3 hours. The fifth set alone in this longest tennis match in world history lasted more than twice that length–8 hours and 11 minutes. These two players ended up totaling 980 points. The scoreboard for the 5 set match so far reads: 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68. If you are a tennis fan, let me show that 5th set score again–70-68. Yes, 70-68! That is over 11 times the normal amount of the 6 games it usually takes to win a set.
This longest tennis match in history will never be beaten. To give us perspective, the longest tennis match before this one took place, was a 2004 French Open battle between Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement that lasted 6 hours, 33 minutes. The 2010 longest tennis match almost doubled the 2004 record.
Mahut, ranked 148th in the world, needs to be given the nickname “marathon Mahut” since he had to win three qualifying matches just to even get into Wimbledon. Isner, the 23rd ranked player said, “Nothing like this will ever happen again. He’s serving fantastic, I’m serving fantastic. We both couldn’t agree to play, so they canceled,” according to the chicagotribune.com.
Tennis Records (Human & Animal); 1 Obscure One You Have To See
The shortest tennis match in Wimbledon history occurred in the 1881 Wimbledon final in which W.C. Renshaw defeated J.T. Hartley 6-0, 6-1, 6-1 lasted 37 minutes.
Isner finished the 2010 longest tennis match in history with 112 aces while Mahut had 103; both marks eclipsed the old record of 78.
The fastest serve recorded by the Guiness Book of World Records is by Andy Roddick at 153 mph set on June 11, 2004.
Longest tennis rally is 25,944 strokes between twin brothers Ettore and Angelo A. Rossetti on Saturday August 9th 2008.
Most tennis balls held in mouth by a dog: 5, Augie, a golden retriever successfully held 5 regulation-sized tennis balls on July 6, 2003.—click here to see (pic).