Tennis Records: Longest and Shortest Tennis Games

John Horst Skoff

Longest Tennis Games:

The longest tennis games ere introduced because of the tie break. Tiebreak was used only by US Open tournaments and other tennis in Grand Slams. The Australian Open, Wimbledon , French Open made the rules of advantage in which the players have to play a many games until the match is not won by the one player. And this match becomes the longest tennis match regarding the games and time.

Men’s longest tennis matches:

  • 3 days match played by Mahut and Isner  atWimbledon, in 2010. Its time was 11 hrs and 5 min.  The score were 6–4, 7–6, 6–7, 3–6, 70-68 respectively.
  • 2 days match played between Fabrice Santroo (France) and Arnaud Clement (France) at French Open, in 2004. Its time was 6 hrs and 33 minutes.  The score were 6–4, 6–3, 6–7, 3–6, 16–14.
  • 1 days match played between John McEnroe (USA) and Mats Wilander (Sweden) at Davis Cup, in 1982. Its time was 6 hrs and 22 minutes.  The score were 9–7, 6–2,15–17, 3–6, 8–6.
  • 1 days match played between Boris Becker  (Germany) and John McEnroe (USA) at Davis Cup, in 1987. Its time was 6 hrs and 21 minutes.  The score were 4–6, 15–13, 8–10, 6–2, 6–2.
  • 1 days match played between John Horst Skoff (Austria) and Mats Wilander (Sweden) at Davis Cup, in 1989. Its time was 6 hrs and 4 minutes.  The score were , 6–7, 7–6, 1–6, 6–4, 9–7

Australian Open Men’s longest match 2012 (By Time) :

It was the final match and it took 5 hrs and 53 min. The match was played between Novak Djokovic (Serbia) and Rafael Nadal (Spain) with the scores 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 65 -77and 7-5.

Australian Open Men’s longest match 1927 (By Game):

The match was played between Gerald Patterson (Australia) and John Hawkes (Australia) with 71 games. The respective scores were 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 18 -16 and 6-3.

Australian Open Men’s longest match 2003 (By Game):

The match was played between American Tennis star Roddick and Morrocon El Aynaoui with 83 games. Fifth set went up to the score of 21-19.

Women Tennis:

In, 1984, The longest women game was held in Virginiaand played between, when Vicki Nelson and Jean Hepner with the respective scores of 6–4, 7–6. It took the time of 6 hrs and 31 minutes. This match was completed in one day only and therefore, it is known as the longest tennis match in the history compare to the Men’ longest match which was (between Isner and Mahut) stopped 2 times because of darkness.

In 1995 at Wimbledon, this match was played between Chanda Rubin and Patricia Hy Boulais with 58 games. The scores of the match were 7–6(7–4), 17–15 and 6–7with 3 hrs and 45 minutes.

Women’s longest tennis matches 2011 (By Time)

The 4th round match that took 4 hrs and 44 min. It was played between Francesca Schiavone (Italy) and Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) with the scores of 6-4, 1-6, and 16-14.

Women’s longest tennis matches 1996 (By Game):

The match was played between Chanda Rubin (USA) and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (Spain) with the scores of 6-4, 2-6, and 16-14. It was played with 48 games.

Women’s longest tennis matches 1956 (By Game):

The match was played between Mary Carter Reitano (Australia) and Thelma Coyne Long (Australia) with the scores of 3-6, 6-2, and 9-7. It was played with 33 games.

Shortest Tennis Matches Regarding the time and games:

Men Best 5 Shortest Matches:

In  Open era these matches  are the best 5 men’s matches played with 18 games. These

matches are the shortest tennis matches.

Round Winner Players Grand Slam Loser Players
1st  round  Nikola Spear 1968 French Open  Daniel Contet
2nd  round  Karel Novacek 1987 French Open  Eduardo Bengoechea
1st  round  Stefan Edberg 1987Wimbledon  Stefan Eriksson
1st  round  Ivan Lendl 1987US Open  Barry Moir
2nd  round  Sergi Bruguera 1993 French Open  Thierry Champion
2nd  round  Andy Murray 2011DavisCup  Laurent Bram

Women’s Shortest matches:

The shortest matches in women’s games are many. Women tennis players played many shortest singles matches in open era. The list is under here.

Round Winner Player Grand SlamShortest Matches Loser Player
1st round  Margaret Court 1969Australian Open  Judith Gohn
1st round  Kazuko Sawamatsu 1969French Open  Monique Van Haver
3rd  round  Julie Heldman 1969French Open  Raquel Giscafre
1st  round  Helga Hösl 1970French Open  Katalin Borka
3rd  round  Billie Jean King 1970French Open  Odile De Roubin
3rd  round  Karen Krantzcke 1969Wimbledon  Pam Teeguarden
2nd  round  Margaret Court 1970Australian Open  Caroline Langsford
2nd  round  Peggy Michel 1970Wimbledon  Alena Palmeova
2nd  round  Judy Dalton 1970Wimbledon  Susan Northen
1st round  Patricia Coleman 1971Australian Open  Helen Taylor
1st round  Julie Heldman 1971French Open  Sharon Van Brandis
1st round  Rosie Casals 1971Wimbledon  Rosy Darmon
2nd round  Margaret Court 1971Wimbledon  LorraineRobinson
1st round  Vlasta Vopickova 1972French Open  Michele Gurdal
4th  round  Serena Williams 2012US Open  Andrea Hlavackova
2nd  round  Flavia Pennetta 2009US Open  Sania Mirza
4th  round  Kateryna Bondarenko 2009US Open  Gisela Dulko
3rd   round  Evonne Goolagong 1975US Open  Peggy Michel
2nd  round  Caroline Wozniacki 2010US Open  Chang Kai-chen
3rd   round  Maria Sharapova 2010US Open  Beatrice Capra
2nd  round  Margaret Court 1972US Open  Barbara Hawcroft
3rd   round  Evonne Goolagong 1974US Open  Katja Ebbinghaus
2nd  round  Margaret Court 1973Australian Open  Nathalie Fuchs
1st  round  Wendy Turnbull 1974Australian Open  Brenda Dale
2nd  round  Chris Evert 1974Australian Open  Katerleen Szeman
2nd  round  Evonne Goolagong 1974Australian Open  Miki Yokobori
1st  round  Virginia Wade 1974Wimbledon  Veronica Burton
2nd  round  Winnie Shaw 1974Wimbledon  Nerida Gregory
2nd  round  Mona Schallau 1974Wimbledon  Nathalie Fuchs
Final  Steffi Graf 1988French Open  Natasha Zvereva
2nd  round  Marina Kroschina 1975French Open  Laurie Rowley
1st  round  Marie Neumanova 1974French Open  Nicole Bimes
3rd   round  Margaret Court 1975Wimbledon  Renata Tomanova
1st  Round  Lindsay Davenport 2005Wimbledon  Jamea Jackson
1st  Round  Amelie Mauresmo 2006Wimbledon  Ivana Abramović
1st Round  Martina Muller 2007Wimbledon  Anna Smashnova
1st  round  Maria Sharapova 2012French Open  Alexandra Cadanțu
2nd  round  Victoria Azarenka 2008French Open  Sorana Cîrstea
4th round  Ana Ivanović 2008French Open  PetraCetkovska
1st round  Dinara Safina 2009French Open  Anne Keothavong
1st  round  Marion Bartoli 2009Wimbledon  Yung-Jan Chan
2nd  round  Victoria Azarenka 2009Wimbledon  Ioana Raluca Olaru
2nd  Round  Kim Clijsters 2004Australian Open  Maria Elena Camerin
1st  round  Kim Clijsters 2011Australian Open  Dinara Safina
1st  round  María Jose 2010Australian Open  Evgeniya Rodina
1st  round  Marion Bartoli 2011Australian Open  Tathiana Garbin

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