The longest tennis match, the most serve aces…Adieu ‘Big John’

Isner defeated Michael Mo (25, USA, world No. 89) with a set score of 2 to 3 (6-3 6-4 6-7 <3-7> 4-6) in the second round of the US Open men’s singles held in New York on the 1st. They lost 6-7 <7-10>). On the same day, he lost 1-2 (2-6 6-3 6-7<3-10>) in the first round of doubles, where he paired up with teammate Jack Salk (31, USA).

Isner, who announced his retirement after this tournament, said goodbye to the court. His final singles world ranking, which rose to a personal high of 8th in the world in July 2018, was 157th.

He said, “I prepared (played tennis) every day, every year, felt great pride, and enjoyed it. He had no idea he would be doing this for so long. “It is clear that he performed better than expected,” he said. “I think of games I want to play again, but overall, he had a career with no regrets.” I knew this day would come someday. “Still, it’s really hard to leave,” he said with a laugh.

Let’s take a look at Isner through some of his numbers.

Height 208cm, 2nd tallest person of all time

Isner was a large man (208cm, 108kg), which is rare in tennis. He is the second tallest tennis player of all time. Riley Opelka of the United States (26, no ranking) and Ivo Kalovic of Croatia (44, retired) are both ranked first in history (211 cm).

Typically, the height of top ranking players in men’s tennis ranges from mid-180cm to early 190cm. This is also considered the most ideal height for a tennis player. Due to the nature of having to constantly run around the court, a ‘moderate’ body size is appropriate.

Roger Federer (42, Switzerland, retired, 185cm), Rafael Nadal (37, Spain, 139th place, 185cm), and Novak Djokovic (36, Serbia, 2nd place, 188cm), who dominated the tennis world with ‘Penazzo’, are all of this height. belongs to the distribution.

John Isner (right) shakes hands after defeating Facundo Diaz Acosta with a set score of 3-0 in the first round of the US Open men’s singles held in New York on the 30th of last month. Acosta’s height is 183 cm. /AP Yonhap News

On the other hand, his height of 170cm is the shortest on the current men’s professional tennis (ATP) tour. Sebastian Baez (23, Argentina, 32nd), Yoshihito Nishioka (28, Japan, 44th), and Diego Schwarzman (31, Argentina, 114th) are the shortest players together. So, when Isner competed with them, the height difference was always highlighted.

Isner walked the court with the size of a basketball player’s ‘center’.

Although his huge frame could have made his movements sluggish, Isner turned what could have been a weakness into an advantage. He overwhelmed his opponents with serves coming from his tall height and so-called penetrating strokes.

Based on this, Isner won 16 singles titles at the ATP tour level and eight doubles titles. It can be said to be an extraordinary achievement compared to Opelka (4 singles, 1 doubles) and Kalovic (8 singles, 2 doubles).

John Isner is celebrating with his child after defeating Facundo Diaz Acosta with a set score of 3-0 in the first round of the US Open men’s singles held in New York on the 30th of last month. /AFP Yonhap News

14,470 sub-aces, 1st place in history

One of Isner’s most powerful weapons was his ‘missile’ serve. He is known as the greatest server of all time.

Isner literally hit the serve down from a height of 208cm. There were many cases where the opponent couldn’t even swing the racket and was at a loss.

John Isner serves against Michael Mo in the second round of the US Open men’s singles held in New York, USA on the 1st. This was Isner’s last active singles match. /Reuters News 1

Isner also holds the record for the fastest serve of all time recognized by the ATP. He used a destructive serve that reached 253 kilometers per hour in the 2016 Davis Cup tournament. Korean trains, KTX, usually run at 250 to 300 km per hour.

Isner, who made his professional debut in 2007, hit 14,470 serve aces before his retirement. He is number one of all time. Second place is Kalovic with 13,728, and third place is Federer with 11,478.

Among active players, Milos Raonic (33rd, Canada, 337th) has the most with 8,278. In order to surpass Isner, more than 6,000 more must be added. In short, it is a record that is difficult to break.먹튀검증

One game lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes, the longest game ever recorded

Isner is also famous as the ‘marathon man’, having played the longest match in tennis history.

In the first round of Wimbledon singles in June 2010, he defeated Nicolas Maui (41, France) with a set score of 3 to 2 (6-4 3-6 6-7<7-9>7-6) after a fierce battle lasting 11 hours and 5 minutes. <7-3> Won 70-68).

John Isner (left) and Nicolas Marwi pose at the scoreboard after their 11-hour, 5-minute match in the first round of Wimbledon singles in June 2010. /Wimbledon

What on earth happened?

At the time, Isner had a close match in the 5th set with a game score of 70-68 due to the rule that tiebreaks were not applied in the last set of the 4 major tournaments (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open). At this time, in the last set, one side had to win two games in a row to end the game.

This match took place over three days. It took 8 hours and 11 minutes just to complete 5 sets.

The game, which started on court 18 at 6:13 p.m. on June 22, 2010, local time, was postponed to the next day due to darkness at 9:07 p.m., before the fifth set. The match, which resumed at 2:05 p.m. on June 23, was once again postponed to the next day as the sun set at 9:09 p.m. with the fifth set tied at 59-59. And the game, which continued at 3:40 PM on June 24th, finally ended with Isner’s victory at 4:47 PM that day. Isner recorded 113 serve aces in this game, the most ever in a game. Mawi took 103, which ranks second all time.

This match attracted a lot of attention at the time as “the endless match.” The game record only reached 7 pages. “It was an amazing match,” Federer said. I watched the game myself, but I can’t remember whether I was laughing or crying. “All I can say is ‘it was amazing.’” Djokovic praised, saying, “There are two winners of this match.” However, Isner, who won the fierce battle, seemed to have lost stamina and was immediately eliminated in the second round.

It is known that Isner and Mawi still maintain a close friendship after this match. Mawi is still continuing his active career as a doubles professional player.

The longest game record of 11 hours and 5 minutes is expected to be difficult to break in the future. This is because all major tournaments have changed their existing regulations and introduced tiebreaks by 2022.

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