Special Thanks to Author: Jonathan Piggins
The Championships, Wimbledon returns to the All England Lawn Tennis Club this June to see the greatest tennis stars in the world battle it out for the most coveted title in tennis. In preparation for the event, and to remind us all of the amazing ability and commitment of the players that feature at Wimbledon, we have compiled a list of the greatest World Records currently set at Wimbledon – enjoy!
- Oldest Grand Slam tournamentFans know it as the most prestigious tennis tournament world but did you know it is also the oldest? The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (the home of the Wimbledon tennis tournament) had its first lawn tennis championship in the spring of 1877 – the “Gentlemen’s Singles”. This was a year or two after “lawn tennis” (a form of tennis that the modern game is based on) was first created by Walter Clopton Wingfield. A new set of codes were drawn up specifically for the event with many of the rules remaining in today’s tennis.
- Longest Tennis Match2010 saw a bevy of World Records being made at Wimbledon and many of them were the result of one match.When John Isner (USA) and Nicolas Mahut (FR) met on 22 June 2010 as part of the first round of the Wimbledon Championship it was unlikely that either would have foreseen the epic match that lay ahead. It lasted a whopping 11 hours 5 mins of play over three days. It had broken the record for the longest ever tennis match by the 2nd day and on both 22nd and 23rd June play was suspended due to darkness. The match currently holds a whole host of other world records including:
The most aces served by an individual player
John Isner currently holds the honour of serving 113 aces – the highest number in any Grand Slam tennis match.
Longest Match by Time and games
The match took 11 hours 5 minutes of playing time requiring 183 games to finish.
Longest set by time and games
The 5th set took 8 hours and 11 minutes – 138 games were played.
Longest Play and most number of games in a Single Day
The first 118 games of the 5th set played on the 23rd June 2010 lasted 7 hours 6 minutes.
- Lowest Ranked Player to win a Grand SlamIn 2001 Croatian Goran Ivanisevic won his first Wimbledon Grand Slam title in an impressive match with Australian Pat Rafter. What is more impressive is that Ivanisevic was ranked 125th at the time and entered the tournament as a wild card. This makes Ivanisevic the lowest ranked player to win a Grand Slam title and Wimbledon’s first (and only) wildcard champion. He was previously a Wimbledon runner-up 3 times (1992, 1994 and 1998). He also holds the current record for the most aces in a tennis tournament with 212 aces made at his 2001 Wimbledon appearance.
- Longest grand slam tennis match (doubles)Not content with the longest ever tennis match, Wimbledon also holds the record for the longest ever grand slam doubles tennis match thanks to Daniel Nestor (Canada), Mark Knowles (Bahamas), Simon Aspelin (Sweden) and Todd Perry (Australia). On 4-5 July 2006 the Wimbledon quarterfinal match lasted 6 hours and 9 minutes seeing Knowles and Nestor beat Aspelin and Perry 5-7, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 23-21.
- Longest Grand Slam Final Set by Games2009 saw Roger Federer and Andy Roddick battle it out in what was to be the longest tennis match in a Wimbledon final by number of games. Despite Federer taking the lead by the fourth set, Roddick managed to break Federer’s serve by the fourth game leading to Roddick winning the fourth set forcing the match into a fifth. What transpired was the longest 5th set in a grand slam final with Federer finally breaking Roddick’s serve to win the game 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14.
Wimbledon 2011 is shaping up to be an extremely exciting tournament with hopefully the chance of a few more World Records being made at this year’s championships. Whilst tickets are currently allocated through the Public Ballot, Wimbledon hospitality tickets are still an option for fans looking to get into this year’s tournament.
Jonathan is a huge sports fan and loves writing about cricket, tennis and football. He is currently writing on behalf of Keith Prowse – the UK’s number one sports hospitality provider. Keith Prowse has more official appointments than any other hospitality provider, including official Wimbledon 2011 Hospitality.