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Longest tennis match records

At the 2010 Wimbledon Championships John Isner (left) defeated Nicolas Mahut (right) 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–3), 70–68 in the world's longest ever tennis match. The match lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes.
A plaque commemorating the Isner-Mahut match exists on Court 18 at Wimbledon.

This article details longest tennis match records by duration or number of games. The 1973 introduction of the tiebreak reduced the opportunity for such records to be broken. However, among the Grand Slams, only the US Open uses the tiebreak in the final set; the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and Olympic tennis instead use the advantage set rules in the final set – in such a set there can be an indefinite number of games until there is a winner. This resulted, for example, in the record-obliterating Isner v. Mahut match at Wimbledon 2010.

Overall

Men

The Isner–Mahut match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships holds the record for the longest tennis match both in time and games played. Only two official ATP matches have lasted longer than 7 hours. Seven matches have lasted longer than 6 hours and 37 matches have lasted longer than 5 hours.[1]

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(11–9). The match featured a 29-minute, 643-shot rally, the longest in professional tennis history.[3]

The longest women's match (by games) occurred in 1995 when Chanda Rubin defeated Patricia Hy-Boulais 7–6(7–4), 6–7(5–7), 17–15 in the second round at Wimbledon.[4] This 58 game match took 3 hours 45 minutes to complete.

Doubles

Australian Open

Men

Longest match by time played
2012 final, 5 hours and 53 minutes
Novak Djoković (details) 5 6 6 65 7
Rafael Nadal 7 4 2 77 5
Also the longest grand slam singles title final in the Open Era.
Longest singles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[7]
1927, 71 games
Gerald Patterson 3 6 3 18 6
John Hawkes 6 4 6 16 3
This was the longest Grand Slam final in games played until the Federer v Roddick final at Wimbledon in 2009.[8]
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring[9]
2003 quarterfinals, 83 games
Andy Roddick 4 77 4 6 21
Younes El Aynaoui 6 65 6 4 19

Women

Francesca Schiavone won the longest ever match at a women's Grand Slam event in 4 hours 44 minutes.
Longest match by time played
2011 fourth round, 4 hours and 44 minutes
Francesca Schiavone 6 1 16
Svetlana Kuznetsova 4 6 14
Also the longest women's match in a Grand Slam in the Open Era,[10] and the second-longest women's match in the Open Era.[11]
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring
1996 quarterfinals, 48 games
Chanda Rubin 6 2 16
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 4 6 14
Longest singles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[12]
1956, 33 games
Mary Carter Reitano 3 6 9
Thelma Coyne Long 6 2 7

Mixed

French Open

Arnaud Clément (pictured) lost the longest ever match at the French Open to Fabrice Santoro in 6 hours 33 minutes. He expressed his disappointment at losing the match which until 2010 held the record for the longest ever match stating: "Frankly, I don't give a damn...What world record? Do I get a medal? If I'm not getting anything, frankly, I'm not interested. It doesn't count."[13]

Men

Longest match by time played[14]
2004 first round, 6 hours, 33 minutes
Fabrice Santoro 6 6 65 3 16
Arnaud Clément 4 3 77 6 14
Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[14]
1951 semifinal, 76 games
Eric Sturgess 10 7 8 5 9
Ken McGregor 8 9 6 7 7
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring
2012 second round, 76 games
Paul-Henri Mathieu 62 6 6 3 18
John Isner 77 4 4 6 16
Longest singles final match by time played[14]
1982, 4 hours and 42 minutes
Mats Wilander 1 78 6 6
Guillermo Vilas 6 66 0 4
Longest singles final by games, before introduction of the tiebreaker[14]
1927, 61 games
René Lacoste 6 4 5 6 11
Bill Tilden 4 6 7 3 9

Men's doubles

Longest men's doubles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[15]
1934, 63 games
Jean Borotra
Jacques Brugnon
11 6 2 4 9
Jack Crawford
Vivian McGrath
9 3 6 6 7
1971, 63 games
Arthur Ashe
Marty Riessen
6 4 6 6 11
Tom Gorman
Stan Smith
8 6 3 4 9

Women

Longest match by time played[16]
1995 French Open, 4 hours 7 minutes
Virginie Buisson 6 7 6
Noëlle van Lottum 73 5 2
Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1972 third-round match, 56 games
Kerry Melville Reid 9 4 16
Pam Teeguarden 7 6 14
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring
1991 second round, 46 games
Linda Harvey-Wild 79 67 11
Laura Gildemeister 67 79 9
Longest singles final match by number of games
1996 French Open, 40 games
Steffi Graf 6 6 10
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 3 7 8
Longest doubles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[17]
1955, 50 games
Beverly Baker Fleitz
Darlene Hard
7 6 13
Shirley Brasher Bloomer
Patricia Ward Hales
5 8 11
This is also the longest women's doubles match in terms of games that has occurred at The French Open.[17]

Mixed doubles

Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[18]
1956, 38 games
Nicola Pietrangeli
Shirley Brasher Bloomer
9 6 6
Robert Howe
Lorraine Coghlan Robinson
7 8 2

Wimbledon

Men

The 2008 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal lasted 4 hours 48 minutes and is the third longest singles final by time played.
Longest match by time and number of games
2010 first round, 183 games, 11 hours and 5 minutes.[19]
This is the longest professional tennis
match ever played at any level.[19]
John Isner 6 3 67 77 70
Nicolas Mahut 4 6 79 63 68
Longest singles final match by time played
2008, 4 hours and 48 minutes[20]
Rafael Nadal 6 6 65 68 9
Roger Federer 4 4 77 710 7
Longest singles final match by number of games
2009 77 games[21] This match also had the longest final set in a Grand Slam final by games[21]
Roger Federer 5 78 77 3 16
Andy Roddick 7 66 65 6 14

Men's Doubles

Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1966 first round, 98 games[22]
Nikola Pilić
Gene Scott
19 12 6 4 9
Cliff Richey
Torben Ulrich
21 10 4 6 7
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring
2007 third round 102 games[22]
Marcelo Melo
André Sá
5 7(7) 4 7(9) 28
Paul Hanley
Kevin Ullyett
7 6(4) 6 6(7) 26
Longest doubles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1968, 70 games
John Newcombe
Tony Roche
3 8 5 14 6
Ken Rosewall
Fred Stolle
6 6 7 12 3
Longest doubles final match by time played
1992, 5 hours and 1 minute
John McEnroe
Michael Stich
5 7(7) 3 7(7) 19
Jim Grabb
Richey Reneberg
7 6(5) 6 6(5) 17
Also the longest doubles final by number of games (83).

Women

Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1948 second round, 54 games
Alice Weiwers 8 14 6
Rita Anderson 10 12 4
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring
1995 second round, 58 games
Chanda Rubin 77 65 17
Patricia Hy-Boulais 64 77 15
Longest match by time played[23]
1995 second round, 3 hours 45 mins
Chanda Rubin 77 65 17
Patricia Hy-Boulais 64 77 15
NB: The Bud Collins History of Tennis incorrectly lists this match as having occurred in 1996
Longest singles final match by time played[24]
2005, 2 hours and 45 minutes
Venus Williams 4 77 9
Lindsay Davenport 6 64 7
Longest singles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[25]
1970, 46 games
Margaret Court 14 11
Billie Jean King 12 9

Women's Doubles

Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1933 first round, 48 games
Pat Brazier
Christabel Wheatcroft
11 5 9
Mildred Nonweiler
Betty Soames
9 7 7
Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1933, 38 games
Simone Mathieu
Elizabeth Ryan
6 9 6
Freda James
Billie Yorke
2 11 4
1967, 38 games
Billie Jean King
Rosemary Casals
9 6 6
Maria Bueno
Nancy Richey Gunter
11 4 2

Mixed doubles

Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1967 quarterfinals, 56 games
Ken Fletcher
Margaret Court
6 7 16
Alex Metreveli
Anna Dmitrieva
8 5 14
Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1949, 48 games
Eric Sturgess
Sheila Piercey Summers
9 9 7
John Bromwich
Louise Brough Clapp
7 11 5

US Open

Stefan Edberg's (pictured) 1992 defeat of Michael Chang 6–7(3–7), 7–5, 7–6(7–3), 5–7, 6–4 in 5 hours 26 minutes remains the longest match at the US Open in terms of match duration.

Men

Longest match by time played[26]
1992, 5 hours and 26 minutes
Stefan Edberg 63 7 77 5 6
Michael Chang 77 5 63 7 4
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring
1979 second round, 63 games
John Lloyd 5 6 7 7 7
Paul McNamee 7 7 5 6 6
Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1966 third round, 105 games
Marcello Lara
Joaquin Loyo-Mayo
10 24 11 3 6
Manuel Santana
Luis-Augusto García
12 22 9 6 2
1967 quarterfinals, 105 games
Cliff Drysdale
Ray Moore
29 8 3 8 6
Roy Emerson
Ron Barnes
31 6 6 6 2
Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1969, 100 games
Franklin Robbins 22 9 6 8 6
Donald Dell 20 7 8 10 4
Longest singles final match by time played[27]
1988, 4 hours and 54 minutes
Mats Wilander 6 4 6 5 6
Ivan Lendl 4 6 3 7 4
2012, 4 hours and 54 minutes
Andy Murray (details) 712 7 2 3 6
Novak Djokovic 610 5 6 6 2
Longest singles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1949, 67 games
Pancho Gonzales 16 2 6 6 6
Ted Schroeder 18 6 1 2 4
Longest doubles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1946, 74 games
Gardnar Mulloy
William Talbert
3 6 2 6 20
Frank Guernsey
Don McNeill
6 4 6 3 18

Women

Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1898 challenge round, 51 games
best-of-five-sets match
Juliette Atkinson 6 5 6 2 7
Marion Jones 3 7 4 6 5
Longest doubles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1920, 43 games
Eleanor Goss
Marion Zinderstein
13 4 6
Helen Baker
Eleanor "Teach" Tennant
11 6 3
Longest match by time played[28]
3rd round, 2011. 3 hours 16 minutes
Samantha Stosur 7(7) 6(5) 7
Nadia Petrova 6(5) 7(7) 5

Mixed doubles

Longest mixed doubles final match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction
1959, 48 games
Neale Fraser
Margaret Osborne duPont
7 13 6
Bob Mark
Janet Hopps Adkisson
5 15 2

Summer Olympics

Overall

Men

Singles, best-of-three-sets system
Longest match by time played[30][31]
2012 semifinals, 4 h and 26 min (58 games)
Roger Federer 3 77 19
Juan Martín del Potro 6 65 17
Note: Match played on 3 August 2012. This is also the longest best-of-three-sets men's singles match ever played in the open era (with or without a tiebreaker in the final set).
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring[29][32][33]
2012 second round, 66 games (3 h 57 min)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6 3 25
Milos Raonic 3 6 23
Note: Match played on 31 July 2012. Beating the previous record of 61 games set during the five set doubles final in 1988. The third set also set a record for most games played in a set at an Olympics, beating the previous record set at the 2004 Summer Olympics by Fernando González and Taylor Dent, 30 games, by 18 games.
Singles, best-of-five-sets system
Longest match by number of games, before the tiebreaker introduction[29]
1920 semifinals, 76 games (6 hrs?) (See Note)
Gordon Lowe 14 8 5 6 6
Augustos Zerlendis 12 10 7 4 4
Note: World Tennis Magazine state that some media outlets have reported [this match] lasting approximately six hours.[34] This match therefore could have been the longest Olympic tennis match in terms of match duration as well as being the longest Olympic tennis match in terms of number of games.
Longest match by number of games, after the introduction of the tiebreaker[29]
1992 first round, 5 h and 53 min (56 games)
Boris Becker 3 77 5 77 6
Christian Ruud 6 62 7 62 3
Note: Tsonga vs. Raonic above (best-of-three-sets system) was longer by number of games.
Doubles
Longest match by time played[29]
2008 semifinals, 4 h and 44 min (59 games)
Simon Aspelin
Thomas Johansson
78 4 19
Arnaud Clément
Michaël Llodra
66 6 17
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring[35]
2012 second round, 63 games
Marcelo Melo
Bruno Soares
1 6 24
Tomáš Berdych
Radek Štěpánek
6 4 22
Note: This match was played on 1 Aug 2012, only a day after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Milos Raonic set the record of 66 games in a best-of-three-sets match.

Women

Singles
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring
1988 second round, 42 games
Larisa Savchenko 63 77 9
Sara Gomer 77 63 7
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring
2004 first round, 42 games
Paola Suárez 77 65 9
Nathalie Dechy 61 77 7
Doubles
Longest match by number of games, using tiebreaker scoring[29]
1988 first round, 63 games
Carling Bassett-Seguso
Jill Hetherington
710 5 20
Mercedes Paz
Gabriela Sabatini
68 7 18

Davis Cup

Longest rubber by duration
2013 World Group first round, Switzerland vs. Czech Republic. 7 hours and 2 minutes[36]
Stanislas Wawrinka
Marco Chiudinelli
4 7 4 7 22
Tomáš Berdych
Lukáš Rosol
6 5 6 6 24
Longest rubber by number of games (Doubles)
Doubles of the 1973 American Zone Final between Chile and the USA, 122 games[36]
Stan Smith
Erik Van Dillen
7 37 8 6 6
Patricio Cornejo
Jaime Fillol
9 39 6 1 3
the 39–37 second set is the longest set in Davis Cup history
Longest rubber by number of games (singles)
1982 American Zone Semifinal between Canada and Venezuela, 100 games[36]
Harry Fritz 16 11 9 4 11
Jorge Andrew 14 9 11 6 9

See also

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External links

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