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Marathon Memories: Guest Wimbledon Commentator John Isner Reflects On His Historic “Three-Day” Win On ESPN

Isner on his 2010 victory that needed 11-plus hours to decide: "Just being on ESPN that long I thought was pretty unique because people were tuned in from all over the world . . . ."

In June 2010, John Isner emerged the winner of a historic tennis match at Wimbledon. Next week, he debuts as an ESPN tennis commentator during the event. WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW.(ESPN)

On June 24, 2010 at Wimbledon on ESPN, American tennis star John Isner competed in the longest match in recorded history against France’s Nicolas Mahut.

The epic encounter lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes spanning three days and ultimately resulted in Isner’s victory.

After a prosperous pro playing career that began in 2007, Isner retired following last year’s US Open. He now joins the ESPN tennis on-air team as a guest commentator at Wimbledon from Monday, July 1 to Sunday, July 7.

Isner is renowned for his powerful serve and – at 6 feet, 10 inches tall — his distinction as the third-tallest player on the ATP tour.

And he certainly had the knack for legendary and lengthy All England Lawn Tennis Club showdowns.

In 2018, Isner again was at the center of Wimbledon marathon, this time in the second-longest match in recorded history (6 hours, 36 minutes). South African Kevin Anderson won that Centre Court semifinal.

A four-year All-American at the University of Georgia before turning pro, Isner won 16 ATP Singles titles and reached a career-high ranking as world No. 8 in 2018.

In the video below, Isner recalls the arduous match with Mahout and he looks ahead to calling the first round to the round of 16 as part of the ESPN Tennis Team.

Spencer T. Jackson produced the video

ESPN will present exclusively and in its entirety one of sport’s most prestigious annual events, Wimbledon, from the All England Lawn Tennis Club starting Monday, July 1. Fans will have an array of choices to watch The Championships via ESPN platforms. In addition to the television coverage on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes (Spanish) and streaming on the ESPN App via ESPN+ and TV Everywhere, ABC will broadcast select live matches on the middle Saturday and Sunday For more details, visit ESPN PressRoom.

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