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mikemasonx 05-13-2005 04:45 PM

Longest match you've played?
I've only been playing tennis for about a year, and i just got done with a tournament match in chapel hill. It was best 2-out-of-3 sets, but a 10-point tiebreaker instead of a full 3rd set. It took 2 and a half hours, I ended up winning 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (19-17). I think my legs are gonna fall off now.

USCfan 05-13-2005 05:02 PM

This season? I won 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 against a pretty good counterpuncher-no easy points there...

USCfan 05-13-2005 05:02 PM

In the last set I was down 5-2.

simon 05-13-2005 05:15 PM

my longest so far was the first round of a tournament a couple weeks ago -- 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-4) in 2 hours, 45 minutes. My fitness saved the day as I made a boatload of unforced errors but managed to keep my energy level up and wear my opponent down.

What's funny is that last weekend I watched a little bit of Nadal v. Coria, went and played for a couple hours, ran some errands, and came back to see them in the 5th set. I thought 2 hrs. 45 min. was long and they doubled it.


goober 05-13-2005 05:33 PM

This year longest match was 3 hours and 20 minutes. I lost 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 for a ladder match.

Perfect 05-13-2005 06:12 PM

My longest match was about 2-3 hours, first USTA sanctioned match I ever played. On synthetic grass, lost first set 4-6, won second set 6-4, lost third set 1-6. I was told my match drew the whole crowd of people there, when coming back in the second set, my opponent got some screaming from his parents and they screamed at me and my fellow tennis teammates were there to give me support, I was also told after that I should have called his many foot faults. I still regret not doing some things in this match.

aces1732 05-13-2005 07:25 PM

well... in a match that counts my longest would be a 3-6 7-6 (13-11) 7-5 in a school varsity match that lasted about 3 hours and 15 minutes... however in a match for 'fun' my friend and i decided to go for a 5 setter that lasted like 4 hours. i lost it 7-5 4-6 4-6 4-6 -- there were many deuces and we swapped adv. in and out nearly every other game.

Jonnyf 05-14-2005 12:04 AM

about 5 hours give or take 20 mins

I SWEAR (against my hitting partner)
4-6 6-7 6-2 6-4 6-2

theace21 05-14-2005 06:44 AM

In college I played this guy from Greece, solid player. Match went nearly 3 hours and 30 minutes. Don't remember the scores but I lost in the third. Guys on the team gave me a bad time because they couldn't start the doubles until we both finished...and I lost in the third (remember the old 9 point tiebreaker!!). Lesson to learn, he got me into a long baseline rallies, and as the match went longer, I got stuck in the baseline groove, and I wanted to be aggressive, and chip and charge, but had so few opportunities. When I did they were not overly successful...

Grinder 05-14-2005 07:54 AM

Last year, I played a big server and beat him in a 3 hour match, 7-6 4-6 7-6, but I was playing terrible, my return game was about zero. Recently, I had two really tough back to back (1 week apart) challenge matches against the serve and volley player below me on my high school team. This guy is a 6-4 African American guy who is about a high 5.0 that consistently hits his first serves in the 120's and has a nasty one handed backhand and serves and volleys. He's got great touch at the net, so the key is to pass him. The first match went 1-6 6-4 5-7. This was a very dissapointing loss because I was up 5-2 40-15 in the final set and also held a couple more match points and couldn't hold on. Once again I played him again, this time I jumped out to a quick 5-1 first set lead but he came back and tied it up at 5-5. I managed to hold on and take the set 7-5. The next set, he came out very strong and took it 6-0. in the third set his momentum kept going and he took a 5-2 40-0 lead. I managed to hold and fight it off until deuce and eventually win the game. I then played some of my best counterpunching tennis and took a 6-5 lead. He held serve and we proceeded to a third set tiebreaker. I eventually won 7-4 in the tiebreak, but it was a quite a match, with the final score being 7-5 0-6 7-6(7-4) over 3 and a half hours. It took especially long, because my game is playing heavy topspin several feet behind the baseline, rallying and then capitalizing on the short ball.

tennismx 05-14-2005 02:09 PM

My high school tennis team lost in the playoffs this year. In Georgia, there are 3 singles matches and two doubles. Both of our doubles had won (that would be me!) but two of our singles had lost. So it was down to our last singles player to win the whole match for us. She played FOUR hours and it was sooooo close. I had to give her much congrats even though she lost just for holding on that long. It was a great way to end the season.

Kirko 05-14-2005 03:58 PM

3 hours plus a couple of times in my tennis life I've played countless 2 hour matches though, but 3 plus hr. is there !

Jon Hampton 05-14-2005 04:33 PM

Once I played a 5 set match and lost...all games went to tiebreaks...7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-7, 6-7. The match lasted about 5 hours. I recall going on the court at 2:00 pm and getting off around 7:30.

New Balls 05-14-2005 11:17 PM

Does a USTA match allow extra breaks if it is amazingly hot during a match like the Aus Open does?

I mean, playing for 3.5 hours in the heat of the day when it's 94F -without the humidity factor, in the shade- makes for a pretty foolish match. I've seen countless guys cramp and then they take extra long in between points, and as a result the match takes even longer than it would have if they weren't forced to endure such hazardous conditions.

Andy Hewitt 05-15-2005 11:28 PM


Originally Posted by Jonnyf
about 5 hours give or take 20 mins

I SWEAR (against my hitting partner)
4-6 6-7 6-2 6-4 6-2

Ahhhh... those best of 7's are a killer ;)

tylerchadwick 05-16-2005 08:29 AM

i would play best of 7 all the time if i could. my hitting partner and I always play for over 3 hours at the minimum. this past week we went out at 5 and got done (best of seven) at 10:30. Love it to death.

Jonnyf 05-16-2005 08:35 AM

i know and i tell you i fainted at the end

Jonnyf 05-16-2005 08:37 AM

Andy hewitt on which one are you

Jonnyf 05-16-2005 08:39 AM

soz seen it u gt a pic on their

Jonnyf 05-16-2005 08:41 AM

you don't have anything before 1986 i was born in 91

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