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This Day in Georgia History

June 24, 2010

Isner Won Record Match at Wimbledon

Former University of Georgia tennis All-American John Isner won the longest tennis match every played by defeating Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in a three-day marathon at the Wimbledon tournament in England. The match actually began on June 22 but was suspended twice by darkness. Each player had won two sets, when the incredible record-breaking fifth set began. Neither player could gain a two-game advantage to win the set until Isner finally broke Mahut’s serve in the 138th game of the tiebreaker. Their match lasted eleven hours, five minutes - with the tiebreaker alone going longer than any prior tennis match. Previously, the longest match on record was six hours, 33 minutes. Isner’s history-making win came in the first round of Wimbledon, advancing him to the second round. Unfortunately, in part because of sheer exhaustion, Isner lost the next day. But expert commentators predicted that his three-day match that ended on June 24 would never be equaled or surpassed. In 2007, Isner led the men’s Bulldog tennis team to an undefeated season and the 2007 NCAA title.