Isner wins longest tennis match

Exhausted after being forced off court for the second day with no end in sight to the longest tennis match ever played, John Isner used... More Below... Posted by on Jun 24th, 2010 and filed under Tennis.

Exhausted after being forced off court for the second day with no end in sight to the longest tennis match ever played, John Isner used Andy Roddick’s fast-food delivery to help get him through.

Isner said in a news conference Wednesday, “Andy just brought me all sorts of stuff. There was three boxes of pizza, all sorts of chicken and mashed potatoes, anything. I would have eaten 12 Big Macs.”

After the fast-food feast and four hours sleep at his Wimbledon rental home, Isner returned to Court 18 at the All England Club yesterday with the fifth set of his first-round match against Nicolas Mahut of France tied at 59-59. The American collapsed on the grass an hour later when his backhand passing shot secured a record-packed 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-3), 70-68 victory that took 11 hours, 5 minutes.

Isner said, “I was completely delirious.”

He thanked his trainer for getting him through the longest match ever played, both in duration and games. The 23rd-seeded American worked on his fitness in the heat and humidity of Florida after losing in the third round of the French Open.

(article and photo source: Bloomberg)