The longest recorded tennis match lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes, played over three days in the 2010 Wimbledon first round match between Nicolas Mahut and John Isner. The shortest matches were just a few minutes long, with Steffi Graf’s win at the French Open lasting just 32 minutes.
The longest recorded tennis match lasted 11 hours and five minutes, about 10 times longer than the singles average. The contest was the 2010 Wimbledon first round match between French player Nicolas Mahut and American John Isner, and took three days to play.
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The Isner-Mahut match was nearly twice as high as most other record-setting tennis matches. The longest match in women’s tennis was the Vicki Nelson-Jean Hepner match in 1984, which required six hours and 31 minutes of play, including 29 minutes for a single point. The longest doubles match, between Argentines Lucas Arnold and David Nalbandian and Russians Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin, lasted six hours and 20 minutes.
The shortest tennis matches ever recorded last just a few minutes. The shortest win at the French Open lasted just 32 minutes: Steffi Graf beat Natasha Zvereva in the 1988 women’s final. The shortest match at Wimbledon lasted just 37 minutes: William Renshaw defeated John Hartley in the 1881 men’s final.
Tennis match length can also be measured in terms of matches. The Isner-Mahut match is the longest ever in terms of both time and games, with 183 matches. The longest women’s match in terms of matches was a 1995 match between Chanda Rubin and Patricia Hy-Boulais which lasted 58 games.