Which is the longest recorded tennis match in history?

Which is the longest recorded tennis match in history?  The sudden-death tie break to end prolonged sets and matches was first advocated by the Van Alen Streamlined Scoring System, developed by James ‘Jimmy’ Van Alen in 1958. The tie break was finally introduced in 1970, partly in response to a match between Pancho Gonzales and Charlie Pasarell at the Wimbledon Championships the previous year, which had required a total of 112 games – at the time, the highest number of games played in a singles match – to complete. However, at the time of the longest recorded tennis match in history, also played at the Wimbledon Championships, in 2010, the tie break did not apply to the fifth set.

The so-called ‘endless match’ between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut started uneventfully enough, with the players completing the first four sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, in a little under three hours before play was suspended due to fading light. Play resumed the following afternoon and continued for the next seven hours until it was suspended again, for the same reason, with the players tied 59-59 in the final set. Play resumed again the following afternoon and, in just over an hour, Isner finally prevailed 70-68 in the final set, which had last 8 hours and 11 minutes in total. All told, the match lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes and involved 183 games, making it far and away the longest record tennis match in history, in terms of elapsed time and the number of games played.