John Isner out of Wimbledon despite new ace record

John Isner is also in the record books for playing the longest match in tennis history.©AFP

John Isner set a new ATP Tour aces record at Wimbledon on Friday, but that wasn’t enough to beat Italy’s Jannik Sinner. The American giant had 24 aces but was broken twice in the match and lost 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 in two hours and 20 minutes. Isner started his game against the 10th seed four aces behind Croatian Ivo Karlovic, who served 13,728. The 37-year-old, who dropped Andy Murray in the previous round, broke the record in the third game of his match on Court Two with his fifth ace.

Record keeping began in 1991.

“It’s actually really cool,” Isner said ahead of Friday’s game, hoping to break the record.

“It’s something I’m really proud of. I’ll be the all-time leader. I’ll keep playing, adding to my total… I don’t know if (the record) will be broken. I could be there -high for a long time.”

Isner, who is 208 centimeters (6 feet 10 inches) tall, is also in the record books for playing the longest match in tennis history in 2010, against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut.

A plaque was unveiled outside Court 18 at Wimbledon to commemorate the contest, which lasted 11 hours and five minutes.


“Give him another plaque,” American tennis great John McEnroe told ESPN.

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