- Longest tennis match records
This article details longest tennis match records. Records concerning the length of tennis matches can refer to either the length of time that a match takes up or the number of games which a tennis match lasts for. Many of the records have been affected by the introduction of the tiebreak in 1973 which has resulted in many earlier records not being broken.
*Longest match by time played:
Fabrice Santoroversus Arnaud Clementat the 2004 French Open, it lasted 6 hours and 33 minutes. The match began on May 24 2004but was suspended for bad light. Santoro won the match 6-4, 6-3, 6-7(5), 3-6, 16-14. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/french04/news/story?id=1809151 ESPN - Santoro wins the longest match - Tennis ] ]
*Longest singles match by number of games: On
June 26 1969 Pancho Gonzalesbeat Charlie Pasarell22-24, 1-6, 16-14, 6-3, 11-9. [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/1969/jun/26/wimbledon2003.tennis 26.06.1969: the longest Wimbledon singles match | Sport | The Guardian ] ] The match took place before tiebreaks were introduced.
*Longest doubles match by time played: A 2002 match between
Lucas Arnold/ David Nalbandianand Yevgeny Kafelnikov/ Marat Safinlasted 6 hours and 20 minutes. [ [http://www.tennis-x.com/stats/tennisrecords.php Tennis Records and Statistics ] ]
*Longest fifth set: At Wimbledon 2007
Marcelo Melo/ Andre Sabeat Paul Hanley/ Kevin Ullyett5-7, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (7), 28-26. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/wimbledon07/news/story?id=2925891 ESPN - Doubles match concludes with longest fifth set ever - Tennis ] ]
*Longest women's match by time played: The longest women's match occurred between
Vicki Nelson-Dunbarand Jean Hepnerin 1984 lasting 6 hours and 31 minutes with Nelson-Dunbar winning 6-4 7-6(11). One point lasted 643 strokes and 29 minutes. [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2004/may/26/tennis.frenchopen20041?commentpage=1 French Open: Tennis record smashed after 6 hours | Sport | The Guardian ] ]
*Longest men's singles final: On
July 6 2008, between Roger Federerand Rafael Nadal. The match lasted 4 hours and 48 minutes and was won by Nadal, 6-4 6-4 6-7(5) 6-7(8) 9-7.
*Longest women's singles final: In the 2005 final
Venus Williamsbeat Lindsay Davenport, 4-6, 7-6(4), 9-7, in 2 hrs 45 min. [ [http://www.all-about-tennis.com/wimbledonladiestrivia.html A Page About Wimbledon Ladies Trivia ] ]
*Longest match by time played: Six hours and 33 minutes, between
Fabrice Santoroand Arnaud Clement. The match began on May 24 2004but was suspended for bad light. Santoro won the match 6-4, 6-3, 6-7(5), 3-6, 16-14.
*Longest match by number of games: The 1955 semi-final between Sturgress and McGregor lasted 76 games with Sturgess winning 10-8 7-9 8-6 5-7 9-7.
*Longest match by number of games since the introduction of the tiebreaker in 1973:
*#The 2nd round match between Agenor and Prinosil had a record 71 games. Agenor won, 6-7, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 14-12.
*#The 2004 match between
Fabrice Santoroversus Arnaud Clement, while breaking the record for longest match in terms of time equalled the record for games. The 71-game match was won by Santoro, 6-4, 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 16-14.
*Longest match by number of games: Before the introduction of the tiebreaker, the longest match was occurred in 1955 between Mortimer and Knode and lasted 38 games. Mortimer won, 2-6, 7-5, 10-8.
*Longest match by number of games: At the 1973 American Zone Final,
Stan Smith/ Erik Van Dillenbeat Patricio Cornejo/ Jaime Fillol7-9, 37-39, 8-6, 6-1, 6-3.
*Longest set by number of games: At the 1973 American Zone Final,
Stan Smith/ Erik Van Dillenand Patricio Cornejo/ Jaime Fillolplayed a second set that took 76 games to complete. The final result was, 7-9, 37-39, 8-6, 6-1, 6-3.
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