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After Epic Match, John Isner Falls Flat At Wimbledon

The foot of John Isner on Day Four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.
The foot of John Isner on Day Four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.

For three days, American tennis player John Isner played Nicolas Mahut in Wimbledon.  Three days!

They set records for the longest match (11 hours, 5 minutes), longest set (8 hours, 11 minutes), most games in a match (183), most games in a set (138), most aces (215), and most consecutive service games held (168).

Now, the Associated Press reports, "one day after winning the longest tennis match in history, John Isner lost the shortest men's match at Wimbledon so far this year."

The marathon man looked weary from the outset Friday, required treatment for a neck injury and was beaten by unseeded Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands 6-0, 6-3, 6-2.

Can you really fault him for that?!

Some quotations about his performance today are priceless:

From his mother: "I wouldn't have bet a lot of money on him today."

From his coach: "He's one tired boy."

What's next for Isner?

"Really just anything but tennis," he said. "I'll watch sports. I'll take in the World Cup. I'll go fishing. I'll do whatever. Just anything away from the tennis court."

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David Gura
Based in New York, David Gura is a correspondent on NPR's business desk. His stories are broadcast on NPR's newsmagazines, All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition, and he regularly guest hosts 1A, a co-production of NPR and WAMU.

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