Record-Breaking Wimbledon Tennis Match Captures International Attention

June 24, 2010

(ChattahBox)—During the first round of play in the men’s Wimbledon tennis match, records were broken, heck even the digital scoreboard literally crashed under the weight of keeping score of the longest match in tennis history, capturing the attention of the world. The two Wimbledon warriors are an unlikely pair, U.S. player John Isner, seeded 23rd and an unseeded Frenchman Nicolas Mahut. After two-days of grueling play, including 163 games, the match will resume Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time.

Isner, exhausted, took a bathroom break and returned to play. During the marathon match on Wednesday, both players ran out of fresh shirts:

“Isner returned and scratched out his fifth match point, only to watch Mahut boom another ace. Shortly afterward, Mahut, a 28-year-old Frenchman, approached the chair umpire and said that he could no longer serve or see. Isner joined the conversation and threw his head back, clearly miffed at the direction — Thursday, round three — the match was headed.”

After darkness and exhaustion forced the players to stop playing last night, Isner and Mahut will try again to bring the match to a conclusion:

“The chair umpire suspended the match (again) at 9:11 p.m. because of darkness (again), 7 hours 6 minutes in. Not seven hours into the match. Seven hours into the fifth set. At that point, Isner and Mahut had produced an epic standstill, two sets apiece, 59-59 suspended in time.”

(Update: The match is now tied again 61-61. There are now 200 total aces for the match.

Photo Source: Isner website.


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