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6/23/2010

Wimbledon Tennis Match is Longest Ever

Filed under: Sports — DRJ @ 7:27 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

A Wimbledon tennis match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut has been halted on the second day due to darkness. The match is tied at 59-59 in the 5th set and will resume Thursday.

Wow.

– DRJ

13 Responses to “Wimbledon Tennis Match is Longest Ever”

  1. The happiest person is the winner’s next opponent.

    aunursa (484069)

  2. Reminds me of the dance marathons of the 1920s and 1930s, or maybe those old contests where contestants put their hands on a new car and the last one with his/her hand on it got the car.

    jim2 (813bf9)

  3. 59-59 in games?! Not points. Games. Wow.

    Great game by the Americans in the World Cup today. Nothing like waiting until the last minute.

    JD (23a165)

  4. Tennis is soccer for one-person teams.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  5. great sports on the courts and on the pitch for the USA today.

    I wonder what the ultimate toll on these two tennis players will be from an orthopaedic? view….89 aces … what does that do to the shoulder during such a (relatively) short period of time?

    drone (e62422)

  6. Comment by drone

    Interesting thought. I’m guessing the closest comparison would be a pro baseball pitcher who throws mainly fastballs. In the old days a starting pitcher often went over 100 pitches in a game, I think more like 80+ today before a reliever goes in. But that’s over a 2- 2 1/2 hour game.

    Now with a tennis serve there is a larger arc and potentially more leverage on the shoulder along with absorbing impact of racket on ball, as opposed to the smooth motion of a pitch.

    On the other hand, you would never ask a starting pitcher to pitch again after only one day’s rest, and I think tennis players do that often.

    From what I understand, though, pro tennis players practice many, many hours.

    MD in Philly (5a98ff)

  7. They’re actually playing two-man cricket.

    kishnevi (6273ad)

  8. If I was the TV producer, I’d being blowing my brains out about hour 6.

    lonetown (d7ec3b)

  9. I’m wondering if thsi throws off the schedules, and by how much. They don’t have lights at Wimbledon, do they?

    JEA (dffa7e)

  10. How crazy would it be if they didnt finish today

    Randy Handbag (1d67d6)

  11. It is finally over.

    JD (23a165)

  12. It is finally over.
    And at this point, the fact that one of them won seems trivial…

    For the record, final set was Isner 70 Mahut 68

    kishnevi (da26af)

  13. kish

    i assumed they would just keep going for eternity. you know, like guy from the matter universe fighting his anti-matter double, in that episode of star trek…

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)


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