Posted by: forgingahead | June 24, 2010

Tennis The New Endurance Sport

Thanks to the “no tie-break” rule at Wimbledon, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played tennis for 11 hours over three days before finally completing the longest match in tennis history.

Now that’s an endurance sport.

I like what chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani said when asked if he was tired, “I travel economy. Seven hours sitting still on court is nothing.”

Isner hit a backhand up the line to win the last of the match’s 980 points. That’s so many points.

The final score looked like this:

6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68.

The winner looked like this:

Yep, I’d lay down too!



  1. 11 hours! Sign those guys up for an ironman 🙂


  2. Yikes, I missed the post about your fall. I hope you’re okay. How’s the elbow?
    I have a lot of respect for tennis players and soccer players, they ARE true endurance athletes.
    Stay safe!

    Elbow is nearly fully recovered! KBJ

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