Relive Isner-Mahut Wimbledon Marathon with Marathon Telecast on ESPN2


Relive Isner-Mahut Wimbledon Marathon with Marathon Telecast on ESPN2

  • Epic 2010 First-Round Match Shattered all Records for Length of Match
  • Seven-Hour Replay to Get Fans Ready for ESPN’s Exclusive Wimbledon Coverage

Fans can test their endurance with a seven-hour reair of the epic 2010 Wimbledon match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut on ESPN2 in the overnight hours between Saturday, June 30, and Sunday July 1.  ESPN’s exclusive “first ball to last ball coverage” of the 2018 Championships, Wimbledon begins Monday, July 2.

The telecast will be aired Sunday, July 1, at 1:30 a.m. ET (Saturday at 10:30 p.m. PT) and continue as the players battled endlessly in first-round action that began on a Tuesday, continued Wednesday and lasted into Thursday, all on Court 18 at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.  The telecast will also be available after it airs on demand via ESPN+ on the ESPN App.

Isner, the 23rd seed, and the French qualifier Mahut broke all records for length of match – in terms of time (11 hours, five minutes) and number of games (183) with the 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–3), 70–68.  In fact, the fifth set alone was longer than the previous longest match.

ESPN’s Hannah Storm was the studio host at Wimbledon that year and here she shares her memories of the three-day match.

ESPN & Wimbledon

ESPN has televised Wimbledon since 2003, with exclusivity in the U.S. since 2012.  ESPN’s “first ball to last ball coverage” – all day, every day, Monday, July 2 – Sunday, July 15 – is highlighted by the unprecedented “Cross Court Coverage” the second Monday-Wednesday with all matches from the Round of 16 and the Quarterfinals on ESPN and ESPN2.  The fortnight culminates with five championships on ESPN:  the Ladies’ Singles Championship along with the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Doubles Championship on Saturday, July 14 and the Gentlemen’s Championship and Mixed Doubles Championship on Sunday, July 15.



Dave Nagle

As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the upcoming America’s Cup in Australia. I was told it would be for three months at all of $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville, Darlington, Indy and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, network-wide ratings (by month/quarter/year), and corporate communications documents, including fact sheets, chronologies, lists and nearly 35 of the Year in Review press releases. UPDATE EXACTLY ONE YEAR LATER: Today, November 11, 2022, I am retiring from ESPN -- 36 years to the day I began. As I ride off into the sunset – top down and E Street Radio blaring – I do so with so many wonderful memories, proud of my contributions and a heart full of gratitude for the opportunity. 
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