The longest match in tennis history began June 22 at Wimbledon 2010 between 23rd-seeded John Isner of Tampa, Florida and qualifier Nicolas Mahut of France. The match is currently at 10 hours long and will resume June 25 for the continuation of the fifth set.
Isner and Mahut began their match Tuesday night, June 22 at Wimbledon. Play ended Tuesday after the 4th set due to fading light. The game resumed Wednesday, June 23, where Isner and Mahut played the fifth set for 7 hours and 6 minutes. The fifth set alone breaks the full game record of 6 hours and 33 minutes that was set at the 2004 French Open.
Isner and Mahut’s game was suspended Wednesday night because of darkness at 59-59 in the fifth set, which is set to resume Thursday, June 24, at 3:30 p.m. England time.
Never before in the history of Wimbledon had any match lasted more than 112 games, which was set in 1969. Isner and Mahut have played more games than that in their fifth set alone. Isner has come close to closing the match. He had four match points on Wednesday, but Mahut saved each one.
“He’s serving fantastic. I’m serving fantastic. That’s really all there is to it,” Isner said. “I’d like to see the stats and see what the ace count looks like for both of us.”
“I have almost no words anymore watching this. It’s beyond anything I’ve ever seen and could imagine. I don’t know how their bodies must feel the next day, the next week, the next month. This is incredible tennis,” defending champion Roger Federer said. “For them to serve the aces they served and stay there mentally is a heroic effort. As we know, we have no draws in tennis, so there will be a loser. But I guess in this match, both will be winners because this is just absolutely amazing.”
Both men are already warming up and practicing for their match today.
“I’m feeling great,” Mahut said. “I have to finish the match. It’s just unbelievable what happened yesterday and two days ago.
“I’m feeling good, I just feel the tiredness. I just want to come on court and enjoy it, finish the job and win it.
“We both enjoyed it a lot yesterday. We had fun. The crowd was fantastic, most amazing atmosphere. We had a lot of fun on court.
“I’m ready to play as I need to play.”
A total of 114 balls have been used so far during this epic battle.