WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonians National Museum of American Histor
y has acquired John Isners tennis racquet from his record-breaking match against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. The racquet is one of four racquets that Isner used throughout the three-day match.
At 11 hours and five minutes, the Isner-Mahut match became the longest in the history of tennis, breaking the previous record of six hours and 33 minutes from a match at the 2004 French Open. The fifth set of Isner and Mahuts match alone broke all previous records, as it accounted for more than eight hours of play. After five sets, the match also totaled 183 games played, shattering the previous record of 122 games set in 1973.
Isner, 25, also broke the record for number of aces struck in a Wimbledon match with 113 served. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and is currently ranked 19th in the world, making him the second-ranked American player, behind Andy Roddick.
Isners tennis racquet will join the museums Sports Collection, which includes objects such as an autographed Babe Ruth baseball, Lance Armstrongs 2002 Tour de France yellow jersey, Muhammad Alis boxing gloves and Arthur Ashes tennis racquet.