Longest Tennis Match
The longest tennis match took place at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. It featured John Isner, an American who was the 23rd seed in that year's event and Nicolas Mahut, a French qualifier who was more well known for his doubles play.
The epic bout between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut stands as being the longest match in professional tennis history. The Wimbledon encounter that lasted which was played over three days and lasted a total of eleven hours and five minutes of matchplay also broke several significant professional tennis records.
The longest tennis match also has the longest set on record. The marathon fifth set between the two required eight hours and eleven minutes. The two players also displayed their serving prowess by hitting a lot of aces. John Isner came up with a record-breaking 113 aces. Nicolas Mahut came up with 103 aces. Not quite a record-breaking feat but between the two players, the total output of 216 aces is also a record.
The longest tennis match not only showcased the athleticism of Isner and Mahut but also displayed the steely resolve of the two players. On the Wimbledon grass, the two fought tooth and nail to hold serve in the deciding set. In the fifth, both players held 168 combined consecutive service games with each player holding 84 games.
The final score was 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–3), 70–68 in favor of John Isner. The feat was so amazing that the both were awarded the 2010 ESPY Award for “Record Breaking Performance” edging out fellow tennis professional Roger Federer and Usain Bolt, the phenomenal Jamaican sprinter.