GO FOR DINNER I'M NOT COMING!
On May 22, 2010, two players went down in history, not by winning a tournament, but by facing each other in the longest tennis match, in the first round of Wimbledon. The sufferers were John Isner and Nicolas Mahut.
That day, they played the first four sets with a result of 6/4, 3/6, 6/7 and 7/6 and the match was suspended around nine at night due to lack of light. The next day they met again to decide the winner of the fifth set, but this was not possible since after playing 118 games (59/59) none was able to break the opponent’s service. Nobody gave credit for what was happening.
On May 24, two days after the start, Isner managed to break Mahut’s serve in game 183 of the match, completing a result of 6/4, 3/6, 6/7, 7/6 and 70/68 (yes, I was not wrong 70/68).
Several records in the history of tennis were broken, among others the longest match and the longest set ‘only’ 11 hours and 5 minutes and the fifth lasted 8 hours and 11 minutes. More games in a set, a whopping 138 and more games in a game, 183. As many direct aces, the gunner Isner got 113 and his opponent 103; This contrasts with what happened two days later when Isner had to face Thiemo de Bakker in the second round, he was literally swept away by 6/0, 6/3 and 6/2, physical and mental exhaustion got the better of him and one more circumstance occurred. Striking if possible, Isner was unable to achieve a single direct serve in that game.