3 days(11 hours and 9 minutes total). That’s how long the Wimbledon tennis match between two non-star tennis players–American John Isner and France’s Nicolas Mahut–lasted.
In the wake of the world’s biggest sport showcase (World Cup of soccer), Wimbledon has been flying a bit under the radar. I can’t watch more than five minutes of it in the morning before I have to leave. But, over the last three days, Wimbledon found a way to keep itself on the radar of the world.
Alongside Queen Elizabeth’s first visit in some 33 plus years (no doubt to pressure underachiever Andy Murray to break the British drought at Wimbledon), American player Isner and French player Nicolas Mahut engaged in a dramatic match that lasted three days and guaranteed them a spot in the history books, regardless of where their careers go from here.
The final score: Isner wins 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68. The longest match played previously:Arnaud Clement and Fabrice Santoro’s six-hour, 33-minute 2004 French Open epic
Match Stats for the Record Books
- 3 days: 11 hours, 9 minutes
- 183 games played (average tennis games played is 60)
- Fifth set number of games: 138
- Total number of points: 980
- Combined total of aces: 215
- Length of fifth set: 8 hours
So, congrats guys. I won’t watch this match in its entirety ever, but I appreciate it. It shows the dedication the two players have for the loved sport. Furthermore, it finally shows how ridiculous it is to not have a tiebreak in the fifth set–Wimbledon, French Open and Australian Open, listen up: introduce the fifth set tiebreak.