This point was determined following a review of matches in the previous 20 tournaments and a consultation with players and officials. "But we played the greatest match here in the greatest place to play. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images After 11 hours, five minutes and 183 games – spread across three days – the longest tennis match in history finally ended at … IBM programmers said it was only programmed to go to 47–47 but would be fixed by the next day.  Because the match between Daniel Brands and Victor Hănescu lasted almost 3 hours, 30 minutes and ended around 8:45 pm local time, the doubles match was postponed again; it was rescheduled as the first match on Court 14 on 26 June. Whoever wins today, I think both of them are winners". Their match would become the longest tennis match in history. The previous longest match took 6 hours, 33 minutes at the 2004 French Open. Total aces in a match (Mahut's 103 aces, the second highest number by a player in a match, brought the total to 216). "Honestly, when I left the match, I really thought it was a dream. John McEnroe said, "This is the greatest advertisement for our sport. The longest tennis match became international news long before it ended. But as so often happens, he was the one to get broken as Isner made two of his best passing shots of the match to clinch victory. 6:45 pm – Isner wins the first set by 6–4, 7:14 pm – Mahut wins the second set by 6–3, 8:03 pm – Mahut wins the third set by 7–6, after winning the tiebreak 9–7. "I don't think I've ever said five words to the guy prior to our match, not that he's a bad guy, it just is what it is. Isner won the first set 6–4, breaking Mahut's serve in the ninth game of the set after Mahut had twice double faulted. The match started on the tournament's second day. Last updated: 13 July 2018 - 8.19pm American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, who had already comfortably broken the record for the longest professional tennis match in history, finally ended their mammoth contest after a total … After being eliminated from the tournament, Isner said, "I'll watch sports, I'll take in the World Cup, I'll go fishing, I'll do whatever. It makes me proud to be a part of it. The match set at least ten tennis records: The previous record for games played in a match was the 122-game 1973 Davis Cup match in which the United States team of Stan Smith and Erik van Dillen defeated the Chile team of Patricio Cornejo and Jaime Fillol 7–9, 37–39, 8–6, 6–1, 6–3. Mahut, who was not ranked high enough to qualify for the tournament automatically, earned his place by winning in the qualifying pre-tournament, where he was seeded 27th. Isner said he hoped he will have enough left in the tank today when he takes on the Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker, a former junior champion here. To commemorate the match a plaque entitled 'The Longest Match' hangs at court 18 bearing the score and duration. Isner drank a "recovery shake" and took an ice bath. In 2010, the longest documented match in the history of professional tennis was played at England's Wimbledon Championships.  On the second day of the match, two groups of 14 linespeople and four groups of 28 ballboys and ballgirls were used in a rotation. In total, the match took 11 hours, 5 minutes of play over three days, with a final score of 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–3), 70–68 for a total of 183 games. Isner accepted the award in Los Angeles on behalf of both men. Isner joked about Mahut's hairstyle: "Nicolas Mahut, I can't believe it's been 10 years. On 25 June, Mahut/Clément – Fleming/Skupski was scheduled as the fourth match on Court 18 because Clément had a third-round singles match on Centre Court against Roger Federer. As in all men's Grand Slam matches, the match was played as best of five sets.  A rule change instituted for the 2019 Championships introducing a tie break in the fifth set [or 3rd set for women's singles/doubles (all genders)] means that the Isner–Mahut match will remain the longest match in Wimbledon tournament history in terms of games played, barring any future rule change. "We played the greatest match ever in the greatest place to play tennis," Mahut said.  In lieu of an in-person reunion, John Isner and Nicholas Mahut celebrated their anniversary via social networks. For Isner his second match against Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands starts tomorrow. , Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim said that the victory might give Isner a self-esteem boost. Nicolas Mahut, Wimbledon 2010 (11h 5m)- This unusual first round match-up in Wimbledon has gone down as the longest tennis matches ever in the history of the game. The most memorable part of Wimbledon 2010, Day 4, was the fact that the seemingly never-ending match came to an end with the defeat of French qualifier, Nicolas Mahut at the hands of 23rd seeded American, John Isner. Roger Federer is being detained at 5-5 in the second set on Court One. At the 2012 edition of Wimbledon, Serena Williams had a women's record 102 aces for the entire tournament, falling short of both Isner's and Mahut's aces in a single round. But as the Frenchman faltered ever so slightly, Isner hit a forehand pass to set up his fifth match-point and then sent a backhand pass for a winner to clinch victory before falling to the grass in sheer joy. In the United States, ESPN and sibling channel ESPN2 telecast the match. As for Mahut, his doubles match with partner Arnaud Clément against Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski started late in the evening on 24 June (also on Court 18); the match was suspended after Mahut and Clément had lost the first set. All times in British Summer Time (UTC+1), 16.  He slept for less than four hours before arising. This match also has a mention in Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer's 2016 song "Open String" from the album There's a Rumpus Going On.. We should take some time together to remember that amazing story. The match began at 6:13 pm (British Summer Time, or 17:13 UTC) on Tuesday, 22 June 2010, on Court 18 at Wimbledon. In tennis, the ATP Masters is an annual series of nine top-level tennis tournaments featuring the elite men's tennis players on the ATP Tour.The tournaments are important for the top players on the professional circuit as the series constituted the most prestigious tournaments in men's tennis after the four Grand Slam events. It was McIntosh's first ever Wimbledon commentary and became the longest continuous commentary for a single match in broadcasting history. [But] I think it really is better than a dream because you can't even dream of something like this. , In October 2018, three months after another marathon match featuring Isner – this time against Kevin Anderson in the semifinals of 2018 Wimbledon, which Anderson won 7–6(8–6), 6–7(5–7), 6–7(9–11), 6–4, 26–24 after 6 hours and 36 minutes, the All England Club announced that Wimbledon would be introducing a rule change to prevent such long matches occurring in the future. In 2010 John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played the longest match in tennis history, 11 hours and 5 minutes over 3 days, at Wimbledon. The 2018 novel Chance to Break by Owen Prell builds its narrative climax around the Isner–Mahut match. Total match time was 11 hours, 5 minutes. Isner failed to convert four match points on this day, the first when Mahut was serving at 9–10, the second and third when Mahut was serving at 32–33, and the fourth in the dramatic last game that they played at 58–59 on 23 June, with Mahut initially serving up 40–15 for the hold. ", The US Open is the only one of the four grand-slam tournaments to employ the tie-break in the final set. After resuming on Wednesday, 23 June, at 2:05 pm, the record for longest match was brok… But spare a thought for poor Mahut, who was sent back out to Court 18 to begin a doubles match with Arnaud Clément against Britain's Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski managing just one set before the light failed. 8 years ago at Wimbledon, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played the longest ever tennis match in history. The 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68 defeat was horribly cruel on Mahut, who had again served brilliantly after the two men resumed at 59 games apiece, around 18 and a half hours after they had left the court the night before. For his part, Mahut replied: "Happy birthday friend John Isner. This article details longest tennis match records by duration or number of games. "I wanted to keep on playing, but I don't know why, because he was the fresher one. It was the shortest men's Wimbledon match at that point in 2010, and Isner failed to serve a single ace.  Lahyani said afterwards that he was so "gripped by the amazing match" that his concentration stayed solid and he did not think about eating or going to the toilet. , In addition, the AELTC placed a plaque commemorating the match at Court 18. Their match was scheduled for Court 18. With Isner serving at 68–68, Mahut went up 0–30, but Isner won 4 points in a row to hold serve. The two next met at the 2011 Hopman Cup exhibition in Perth. • We will always be able to share this, says Isner, John Isner of the US and Nicolas Mahut of France (C) with Chair Umpire Mohamed Lahyani after the longest match in grand slam history. The final set alone was longer than the previous longest match.  Mahut subsequently donated memorabilia from the match for display at the International Tennis Hall of Fame's Museum in Newport, Rhode Island.  Mahut revealed that following the match, he spent three months suffering from depression and a back injury.  The online scoreboard at the official website lasted slightly longer; it was reset at 50–50. But later he was asked if he agreed with McEnroe and the answer was somewhat surprising. , On the second day of play, the courtside scoreboard stood still at 47–47 and later went dark. The Isner–Mahut match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships is the longest tennis match in history.  The previous record for most games in a singles match was the 112-game 1969 match in which Pancho Gonzales defeated Charlie Pasarell 22–24, 1–6, 16–14, 6–3, 11–9, also in the first round at Wimbledon. 9:09 pm – Play is suspended for a second time, with the score tied at 59–59 in the fifth and deciding set. Mahut took the second set 6–3, having broken Isner's serve to love in the second game of the set. After resuming on Wednesday, 23 June, at 2:05 pm, the record for longest match was broken at 5:45 pm. The three-times champion John McEnroe, who was again in the crowd , had led the calls for Wimbledon to adopt a final-set tie-break and Isner said that from about 20 games all on Wednesday evening, he had wished the same thing. Isner outlasted Frenchman Mahut to win 6-4 3-6 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (7-3) 70-68 in the longest match in history, taking 11 hours and five minutes over three days. The match was resumed on 24 June, and both players continued to dominate their service games.  Novak Djokovic extolled both players, saying, "You have to give them credit, both of them. Mahut also failed to convert two break points on Isner's serve, at 50–50. At the end of the fourth set, the match was halted due to darkness. "I don't think so," he said. Longest set (the fifth set required 8 hours, 11 minutes). I guess in that regard it's a little bit better.". The 1970–1973 introduction of the tiebreak reduced the opportunity for such records to be broken. Having played through the qualifying stage, Mahut was drawn against Isner in the first round of Gentlemen's Singles. , On 14 July, Isner and Mahut were jointly awarded the 2010 ESPY Award for "Best Record-Breaking Performance", beating fellow nominees Roger Federer and Usain Bolt. The match went on for three days and took place over 11 hours and 5 … This new world record for the longest match ever was 4 hours and 32 minutes longer than the previous record, the first-round match between Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clément at the 2004 French Open, which had lasted 6 hours, 33 minutes.  They met again at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, again in the first round. For most of the afternoon, camera crews competed for space on the terrace of the media centre. 4:47 pm – Match ends in favour of John Isner, who won the final set 70–68.  Isner–Mahut's fifth set alone lasted some 90 minutes longer than the previous longest match. This set alone would have broken the previous record for longest match. Isner's doubles match was tentatively scheduled as the second match of that day on Court 19 following another men's doubles match; however, they withdrew from the doubles because Isner had a blister on his toe. She played for less than ten hours in the entire tournament.. Isner, far back in the court at the time, later said that he would not have had the energy to chase after that shot. "John deserved to win. Total match time at this point was 2 hours, 54 minutes. Instead, Wimbledon posted video coverage of the match in its entirety on its YouTube channel.  McEnroe speculated, however, that the match might have shortened Isner and Mahut's careers by six months. , Other players, former players, officials, media commentators and fans also praised the behaviour of both players. The previous official record for duration was set at the 2004 French Open when Fabrice Santoro defeated Arnaud Clément 6–4, 6–3, 6–7(5), 3–6, 16–14, in 6 hours, 33 minutes. At 11 hours and five minutes, their first-rounder was four hours longer than the second-longest match… At the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, he played the longest professional tennis match in history, defeating Nicolas Mahut in a total of 11 hours and 5 minutes, played over the course of three days.  The next morning, the BBC reported that Mahut had been practising and Andy Murray informed them that Isner had been on a treadmill before play resumed. Play resumed at 3:40 pm on Thursday, 24 June, and Isner won at 4:47 pm, the final set having lasted 8 hours, 11 minutes. However, among the Grand Slams, the US Open, Australian Open (since 2019) and Wimbledon (since 2019) use the tiebreak in the final set, while the French Open remains the only Grand Slam to use the advantage set rules in the final set, which allows for an indefinite number of games until one player is ahead by two. I'm kind of glad it happened. Indeed, even that portion of the fifth set played on the second day was about half an hour longer than the previous longest match, so it also broke the record for the longest play in a single day. It was a first-round Men's Singles match, in which the American 23rd seed John Isner played French qualifier Nicolas Mahut. 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An a cappella performance of "Isner & Mahut" recorded in 2010 appears on Bern's album Live in New York.. The final set totaled 8 hours and 11 minutes. , As the winner, Isner advanced to the second round where, on the day following the conclusion of his match with Mahut, he played Thiemo de Bakker on 25 June at 12 pm on Court 5.  An IBM programmer worked on a hotfix for the scoring system until 11:45 p.m. to accommodate the match's scores for the next day, although it would have again malfunctioned had the match gone beyond 25 more games. The first four sets passed without significant incident. The match was suspended for a second time because of darkness on the evening of 23 June at 59–59 in the fifth set despite chants of "We want more, we want more" from the spectators.. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 18:33, 23 June 2010 (UTC) Edit request from M337aw, 23 June 2010 Isner broke in the opening game to record a win in straight sets. , The fifth set of the match was covered by Xan Brooks of the Guardian on their Wimbledon Live Blog and continued the following day by Paolo Bandini.. It was the perfect combination. But it wasn't to be. "Nothing like this will happen again, not even come close, so I think they should just keep it the same. On this day in 2010, we witnessed the end of the longest tennis match in history.  The match was originally scheduled for 24 June but was postponed due to the continuance of Isner's first-round match against Mahut. Isner lost to De Bakker 0–6, 3–6, 2–6 in just 74 minutes.  The rule was first used in the singles in the 2019 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, after their fifth set ended that way.  The singles record since the introduction of the tie-break was the 2003 Australian Open quarter-final match, in which Andy Roddick and Younes El Aynaoui played 83 games; Roddick won 4–6, 7–6(5), 4–6, 6–4, 21–19.. At 9:07 pm, due to fading light, play was suspended before the start of the fifth set. The match was broadcast live in its entirety on the BBC Red Button. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images. Just anything away from the tennis court.". The match was … ", Mahut described Isner as "a champion" but found it difficult to articulate just how much losing had hurt him. At 30–30, Isner passed Mahut at the net with a difficult inside-out forehand from the middle of the court that landed just inside the line.  In all, Isner served 113 aces; Mahut also surpassed the previous record with 103 aces. The match was four hours and 32 minutes longer than the previous longest-ever match which was played between Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement.  Federer also added, "This is absolutely amazing. , Mahut shared his experiences on the match in the book Le match de ma vie (The Match of My Life), which he co-wrote with Philippe Bouin. It was too much". , Immediately after the match, both players and the umpire were presented with a crystal bowl and champagne flutes by Tim Henman and Ann Haydon-Jones on behalf of the All England Club, as special recognition of the match. , Former players and commentators have called the match historic and unlikely to happen again; many also praised both participants. The film was inspired by the Isner–Mahut match and included former and current professional tennis players in cameo roles playing themselves, including John McEnroe, Chris Evert and Serena Williams. No rest for the beaten, it seems. 9:07 pm – Isner wins the fourth set by 7–6, after winning the tiebreak 7–3. Both players broke numerous Wimbledon and tennis records, including each serving over 100 aces, with the match being referred to as "the endless match". "I was completely delirious," he admitted. I don't know if I was crying or laughing. De Bakker also had a lengthy first-round match against Santiago Giraldo, winning by a score of 16–14 in the fifth set, but unlike Isner, he had a day off before his second-round match. The Isner–Mahut match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships is the longest tennis match in history. #1 John Isner def. The odds of the unseeded players meeting in another first round match was 1 in 142. I didn't think that type of match was possible so I was really expecting to wake up, in all seriousness. The match consisted of 34 games. John Isner and Nicolas Mahut competed at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. John Isner served his 79th ace to take the final set to 39–38 with serve. After Isner threaded a backhand passing shot down the line for a winner, the two men hugged at the net, taking in a standing ovation from a crowd which will always be able to say it witnessed history in the making. 5.50pm: Bizarrely there is also tennis taking place on the other courts. The entire match over the 3 days lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes. Now, when I do see him in the locker room at other tournaments, we'll always be able to share that. I mean, I was watching this. John Isner and Nicolas Mahut tore up the record books as their epic first-round contest at Wimbledon became the longest in tennis history. The Frenchman had his head in his hands for a long time afterwards and looked like he would rather have been anywhere else when Tim Henman and Anne Jones, the 1969 Wimbledon champion, came on to court to give both men a memento of their efforts. Neither John Isner nor Nicolas Mahut expected to be involved in the longest tennis match in history when they kicked off their 2010 Wimbledon Championships runs. John Isner finally managed to break down his opponent and win the longest match in history ... 28 Days Later was out before the Dawn of the Dead re …  At the end of the match, Lahyani announced the score incorrectly, accidentally switching the scores of the two tie-break sets.  The unofficial record of 6 hours, 40 minutes, was set on 25 February 2009, when Chris Eaton defeated James Ward 6–3, 6–2, 6–7(3), 2–6, 21–19 in a playoff match to represent the Great Britain Davis Cup team in a 2009 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I second round tie versus Ukraine. , Wimbledon had planned to recognize the players on the 10th anniversary of the match, but was unable to do so owing to their decision to cancel the 2020 Wimbledon Championships in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.