They Just Keep Going & Going & Going…

Posted: June 24, 2010 by amyaubrey in Uncategorized
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Today was the day that the longest tennis match in history finally came to an end.  John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahmut in an 11 hour, 5 minute match.  They began playing 2 days ago but the match was called because of darkness.  They continued their match bright & early yesterday at 9:30 AM but it too, was suspended due to darkness.  They continued again today & Isner finally was able to outduel Mahmut in the 5th set 70-68.  Isner finished with 112 aces & Mahmut finished with 103, completely blowing the previous record of 78 out of the water.

Let’s put this in perspective.  The previous record for longest match was 6 hours, 33 minutes, this almost doubled that.  Previous record of number of games was 112, this one had 183.  Previous longest set? 25-23.

Things you could do in 11 hours?  Watch the last season of Sex & the City plus the first movie.  Drive from San Francisco to Boise, Idaho or fly from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia.  Run a couple of marathons.  Walk a marathon’s length quite slowly.

This was just the first round, so now Isner has to go out again tomorrow & try to keep playing.  He’s pretty much screwed, but at least he’s making headlines none-the-less.  He wasn’t a favorite to win but he’s now the most talked about man at Wimbledon.  It sucks that anyone had to lose such a match, but either way it’s amazing.


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