June 25th, 2010
11:06 AM ET

After win in marathon match, Isner bounced in 75 minutes

John Isner leaves after losing in straight sets Friday at Wimbledon in the second round.

This week at Wimbledon John Isner was known as the man who won the longest match in tennis history, one that took 11 hours and five minutes over three days to finish.

On Friday, Isner was on the court again for his second-round match. But this time, he seemed out of gas, and was knocked out in 75 minutes.

Isner, who fought hard in his marathon match against Nicolas Mahut for three days, received an extremely warm reception from the crowd at the start of his match Friday, but he never got his momentum going.

He required his trainer's attention during the game - the first sign that things might not go his way.

Perhaps the adrenaline was gone, and his body had finally given out. Some tennis watchers online say his long match with Mahut likely put him at a disadvantage Friday, wondering how he could bounce back after such a grueling duel.

Or perhaps, his game just didn't show up Friday.

Either way, after capturing the attention of the world during one tennis match, just like that, Isner was now out of the entire tournament.

He was sent home by unranked Thiemo de Bakker (6-0, 6-3, 6-2).

soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. GG

    He did something no one has ever done....just plain awesome!!! I could never tell you who won Wimbledon 3 years ago or 20 years ago. But in 40 years, if someone is talking about the longest tennis game in history, I'll say...oh yes it was like Isner and Mahut. And imagine the ad potential!!! Isner and Mahut take a licking and keep on ticking....Isneraide....Mahut Wines, from the game of the ages to the wine of the ages....Mahutmeal Deal.....Isnerwear, what you wear after the warmups...on and on and on....good for them. GG

    June 25, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dr. Greg

    A smart marketing company would figure how to tie his marathon match into the commercial Agassi and Sampras did over the "Endless Point". That could be really interesting!

    June 25, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Diane

    Of course, it was the after effects of the marathon match!! Look at his stats in that long one. His 1st serve was 70%....all those aces. He said before he played this am he had no skin on either of his little toes. His body just hit exhaustion. Sometimes it is worse the second day after all the physical activity.

    June 25, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. michele

    I don't think Editor Mallory is quite doing her job....

    June 25, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kimberly

    The All England Club should have rescheduled Isner's second round match for Sat. anf given the guy a break.

    June 25, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      NOw that's agood suggestion! Why didn't they do that?!!

      June 25, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chip Pierce

    Men's tennis needs to do something to regain popularity here in the USA.
    Its stars can go anywhere without much fanfare these days. Federer is brilliant, but predictable.
    The men's game is so much about power, it looks like nobody volleys anymore.
    We need a great rivalry – preferably someone white against someone black. That would do it.

    June 25, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • newginny

      To ChipPierce:
      While I agree that tennis deserves more attention in the US (while watching Isner/Mahut Tuesday, I asked many people if they were following it, and they ALL responded, "Oh, is Wimbledon happening? I'm watching the World Cup." Come on, this is Wimbledon!)... I strongly disagree in your prescription for this malady.
      Primarily, I disagree that a rivalry between a Black man and a White man would garner the widespread attention you seem to expect. Many people don't see color lines these days, and in national championships like Wimbledon, I daresay color would be overlooked entirely. Furthermore, there are plenty of rivalries in tennis (eg, Federer vs Nadal, Roddick vs Federer) that haven't managed a media revival so far. Why would a color-based one be any different?

      People complaining about the quality of the article should bear in mind that it is a blog post. There is probably some intern at CNN that was given the pet task of updating the blog and, since she had been watching the World Cup instead, she quickly looked up the Wimbledon website to scrap together her 10-sentence update. It's meant to be more like a tweet than an article.

      June 25, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Matt

    I've decided the CNN writers are really just high school interns

    June 25, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mogu

    I too am an 'unraked' tennis player.

    June 25, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MStewart

    Hello? It takes the body at least a week to recover from a marathon like that. This journalist doesn't seem to know this. All he/she says is "some tennis watchers online say..." Well of course! Next time get a sports writer to cover the sports.

    June 25, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I agree! Playing 11 hours over 3 days is no easy feat!!

      June 25, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    Poor guy! Who wouldn't be out of steam after 3 days of consecutive and hard-core playing!!!

    June 25, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. am_underground

    He's never been that good and never will be. Big serve and not much else unless it hit right back at him. Reminds me a lot of Roddick, except, Roddick has a bit more ground game.

    June 25, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    He played 3 days in a row. So do most all the other players that advance into the later rounds. He needs to work on his stamina as well as his ground stroke if he ever expects to make it past the early rounds.

    June 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff

    What a terribly researched and written article. It reads like it was written by a teenager. Also, I couldn't help but post the following mistakes in content.

    "He required his trainer's attention during the game " You mean during the match? In tennis it's called a match, not a game. This is basic tennis knowledge known by my seven year old.

    "He was sent home by unranked Thiemo de Bakker" According to ATP, De Bakker is currently world ranked 49th in Men's Singles. Perhaps you meant to type "He was sent home by unseeded Thiemo de Bakker"

    Please get your facts straight before publishing an article?

    June 25, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Paul

    That sucks....

    June 25, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bill Berry

    What Isner and Mahut did Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday is something we're not likely to see again in our lifetime. It took an act of God for them to come out Thursday and give us one hour and five minutes when nobody thought it go 15 minutes. To wake up Friday and be expected to be mentally ready with a broken down body with no time to recover; no, I had no illusions this guy could win. It's a damn shame someone had to lose and my hat also goes off to Mahut who also left it all out on the court this week.

    June 26, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
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