Yes, I was indeed glued to the television for 2 reasons today. The U.S.A in World Cup action and the epic match going on in the Wimbledon Championships first round match between John Isner (USA) and Nicolas Mahut (FRA). I was thrilled to see the USA score a goal and become the outright leader of their group, but that was not what stole the show on this 23rd day of June of 2010. John Isner is currently ranked #19 in the world and Nicolas Mahut is currently ranked #148, but these two gentlemen are doing what no others have done in any sport, let alone tennis. They have played 10 hours of tennis, without a conclusion to their match. The results will be played out tomorrow, which with be the 3rd day for their match. Mind you, both players are also scheduled to play doubles matches tomorrow, once their singles match is complete. For all you tennis fans in NC, you've got something to be especially proud of regarding this iron-man contest .......... John is from Greensboro, NC!!
I can't wait to see who will win the epic battle and here is the current score line: 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7), 7-6(3), 59-59.
!! Go John !!
The previous longest singles match in terms of games came at Wimbledon in 1969, when 112 games were played as Pancho Gonzales defeated Charlie Pasarell 22-24, 1-6, 16-14, 6-3, 11-9. The previous longest fifth set in Grand Slam men’s singles play came at the 2003 Australian Open, when Andy Roddick edged Younes El Aynaoui 21-19 in the quarter-finals.