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GoFlashback - The Story Of The Longest Tennis Match 


Tennis as a game is not time-bound, and a player needs to win a specified number of sets to be declared as a winner. It takes 2-3 hours for a match to complete and sometimes slightly more, but the longest Tennis match in the history of the game was played over 3 days and took more than 11 hours to complete.


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On 22nd June 2010, John Isner of the United States and Nicolas Mahut of France were competing against each other in the first round of the Wimbledon Championships. With a score of 2-2, the match was well-balanced when it was stopped due to bad light and was scheduled for the next day.

The spectators were looking for a close finish on the second day but to everyone's surprise, the final set alone turned out to be longer than the previous longest match played in tennis history.

The match was suspended on day two due to bad light. When the game stopped, 118 games were already played in the final set with a score leveled at 59–59.

Finally, on 24th June, Isner won the final set by 70-68. The final set alone lasted 8 hours and 11 minutes.

Longest tennis match

Final Score

John Isner beat Nicolas Mahut by 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–3), 70–68 

Records

  • Longest match - 11 hours, 5 minutes 
  • Longest set - The fifth set lasted 8 hours, 11 minutes 
  • Most games in a set - 138 in the fifth set 
  • Most games in a match - 183 
  • Most aces in a match by one player - Isner, 113 
  • Total aces in a match - 216
  • Consecutive service games held in a match - 168: 84 times each for both Isner and Mahut 
  • Most games won by both winning player - 92 and losing player 91 in a match 
  • Most points won in a match - Mahut, 502 
  • Most points in a match - 980
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