LINK TO SHARE: http://goo.gl/7peiC
American, 23rd seed John Isner defeated the French qualifier Nicolas Mahut after 11 hours, 5 minutes of play over THREE DAYS! The final score was 6–4, 3–6, 6–7 (7–9), 7–6 (7–3), 70–68 for a total of 183 games.
The match began at 6:13 p.m. British time on June 22, 2010. By 9:07 pm, play was suspended at two sets all due to fading light.
In order to recover that night, it is reported that Isner drank a shake immediately and took an ice bath. Teammate Andy Roddick brought takeout food for both him and his coach, including “three boxes of pizza, all sorts of chicken and mashed potatoes.”
Isner told reporters later that he was so hungry he could have eaten much more, and reported that drinking coconut water really helped him re-hydrate and avoid cramping as he had experienced in the past.
Mahut also had a cold bath and massage. Both players were only able to sleep a few hours before returning to the courts.
The next morning, BBC reported that while Mahut went to practice immediately, Isner opted to run on a treadmill for the hours before play resumed.
They started at 2:05 p.m., and the record for longest match was broken at 5:45 p.m. The light faded once again, suspending play at 9:10 p.m., with the final set tied at 59 games all … and the crowds chanting “WE WANT MORE!”
Play resumed at 3:43 p.m. on the following day, and Isner won at 4:48 p.m., the final set having lasted 8 hours, 11 minutes.
Both players broke numerous Wimbledon and tennis records, including EACH serving over 100 aces. Tennis enthusiasts now refer to it as “the endless match.”
Since that day, former players and commentators have called the match historic, and praised both participants.
John McEnroe said, “it makes me proud to be a part of [this sport]. We often don’t get the respect we deserve in tennis for the athletic demands it places on players, but this should push that respect way up!”
Roger Federer said of the match, “it’s so impressive to see. I mean, I was watching this. I don’t know if I was crying or laughing. It was too much!”
Novak Djokovic hailed both players during the match, saying, “you have to give them credit, both of them. Whoever wins today, I think both of them are winners.”
THESE ATHLETES DUG DEEP INSIDE TO PROVE TO THE WORLD THAT THEY HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN.
THEY WERE BORN FOR THIS, AND IT BEGS US TO ASK … WERE YOU?
Facts Courtesy: Wikipedia.com