Tennis Facts

 

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Mens singles

John Isner beat Nicolas Mahut - 11hrs 5mins at Wimbledon 2010

Womens singles Vicki Nelson beat Jean Hepner - 6hrs 31mins
Doubles Argentina beat Russia in the Davis Cup semi - 6hrs 20mins
Rally Vicki Nelson v Jean Hepner 29-minute, 643-shot rally
Tiebreak Vicki Nelson v Jean Hepner - 1hr 47mins

 

 

Men

Nicolas Mahut had to play three matches to qualify for Wimbledon 2010. His qualification route included a 24–22 set against Alex Bogdanovic and a five set match against Stefan Koubek.

 

The longest professional tennis match, in terms of both time and total games, was the Wimbledon 2010 first-round match between Nicolas Mahut and John Isner on 22, 23, and 24 June 2010.

  • Longest match by time and games: It took 11 hours and 5 minutes of playing time, and required 183 games.
  • Longest set by time and games: The 5th set took 8 hours and 11 minutes of playing time, and required 138 games.
  • Longest play in a single day: The first 118 games of the fifth set, played on 23 June 2010, lasted 7 hours and 6 minutes.

This time is longer than the entire Nelson-Hepner match (below) and all other matches in tennis history.

  • Most games in a single day: 118, on the 23 June.

 

Women

  • The longest women's match (by time) took place at a tournament in Richmond, Virginia, in 1984, when Vicki Nelson took 6 hours, 31 minutes to defeat Jean Hepner 6–4, 7–6(11). The match featured a 29-minute, 643-shot rally, the longest in professional tennis history. This match is also the longest professional match completed in a single day; the Mahut-Isner match was twice suspended by darkness, lasting three days.
  • The longest women's match (by games) occurred in 1995 when Chanda Rubin defeated Patricia Hy-Boulais 7–6(4), 6–7(5), 17–15 in the second round at Wimbledon. This match lasted 58 games in 3 hours 45 minutes.

 

Doubles

  • Longest doubles match by time: In a 2002 Davis Cup semifinal tie, the Argentina team of Lucas Arnold and David Nalbandian defeated the Russia team of Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin in 6 hours, 20 minutes 6–4, 6–4, 5–7, 3–6, 19–17.
  • Most games in a doubles match before the introduction of the tiebreaker: In the American Zone Final of the 1973 Davis Cup, the United States team of Stan Smith and Erik Van Dillen took 122 games to defeat the Chile team of Patricio Cornejo and Jaime Fillol 7–9, 37–39, 8–6, 6–1, 6–3.
  • Most games in a doubles match after the introduction of the tiebreaker: In 2007 at Wimbledon, the team of Marcelo Melo and André Sá took 102 games to defeat the team of Paul Hanley and Kevin Ullyett 5–7, 7–6(4), 4–6, 7–6(7), 28–26

 

The longest professional tennis match between Nicolas Mahut and John Isner
Longest match by time and games took 11 hours and 5 minutes and required 183 games

The longest professional tennis match between Nicolas Mahut and John Isner on 22, 23, and 24 June 2010 took 11 hours and 5 minutes of playing time, and required 183 games.

 

Longest ladies match: Vicki Nelson took 6hrs 31mins to beat Jean Hepner. This included the longest rally: 29-minute, 643-shots and tiebreak: 1hr 47mins

Longest ladies match: 6hrs 31mins
Longest rally: 29-minute, 643-shots
Longest tiebreak: 1hr 47mins