View Full Version : Longest rally ever!!(58 minutes)

05-23-2004, 07:48 AM
I read that the longest rally was between Collette Kavanaugh and Cari Hagey. It took 58 minutes to decide one rally. Kavanaugh lost the point but won the match.
I can't imagine a rally of 58 minutes or the players did it on purpose. Has anyone else more information about this???

chad shaver
05-23-2004, 12:41 PM
French Open, I think, wasn't it?

Probably the most boring match in the history of professional tennis.

Sean Dugan
05-23-2004, 12:46 PM
I read in Tennis Magazine a few years back, about two guys that rallied for a ridiculous amount of time.......it wasn't a match, they were trying to set a record. The rallied for hours, can't recall how many, but it was ridiculous.......like 13 hours? Crazy tennis people. ;o)

05-23-2004, 05:47 PM
I remember the 82 French Final Vilas & Wilander some epic rallies. Like Chad said it was deemed kind of boring .

05-24-2004, 10:39 AM
I had a 60 shot rally that lasted about 5 minutes when I played left-handed where I have virtual no offensive weapons against a guy with a slow and steady topspin game. He finally ran me off the court and hit a clean winner to my forehand side or we might still be out there. When I played right-handed my rallies seldom go longer than 20 shots because I have more offensive skills to finish points sooner than that. But the 60 ball rally is very memorable. I couldn't imagine a 58 minute point. That takes some extreme mental toughness to rally that long.

05-24-2004, 08:34 PM
Supposedly, the Cavanaugh/Hagey point is in the Guiness Book of World Records, and occurred in the girls 12 at a San Diego Junior Event in 1975, with Cavanaugh winning 6-1, 6-2.

05-26-2004, 10:51 AM
I was watching a local usta tourney a couple years ago, and there were some 3.0s guys duking it out. neither one wanted to make an error, so they were both hitting very conservative. it was kinda entertaining, but kinda boring at the same time.

I counted one rally at over 100 hits and they had many rallies like that. it probably wound up being a 3 hour match or something like that.

05-28-2004, 09:53 PM
There is a guy I play that I have never beaten in a match. Well, one set I actually found myself leading 5-3. My buddy is VERY competitive. He usually goes for winners (not very patient), but he was trying to change his game so that he wouldn't lose. As a result, we had one ridiculously long rally. It seemed like ten minutes but I don't know if it really was--maybe it was only five. He finally netted it. I had to lie down on the court after that one. And I won the set 6-4--still the only set I have ever taken off him after playing him for two years.

10-07-2004, 12:46 PM
The number 1 here at school played a match against this kid who was undefeated in conference play all 4 years...they played a match that was 3 1/2 hours long, and the scores were 7-5, 6-1. All of the players that were done started timing rallies...one was 6min, 32 secs, and they traded 182 shots. It was the most boring tennis I have ever watched.