Data Fun with Isner/Mahut Marathon Match

Today’s (and yesterday’s (and tomorrow’s (and for all I know next week’s))) never-ending Wimbledon tennis match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut isn’t over, and it’s one for the record books. The current line score is 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-7, 59-59 — and no, the fifth set isn’t scored in decipoints. Here are some stats I ran on the match, all of which will change tomorrow once action resumes:

  • Total elapsed time: 9h 58m
  • Actual playing time:  ~1h 30m
  • Heartbeats/player: ~83,720
  • Total points played: 877
  • Distance covered/player: 7.9km (4.7mi)
  • Calories burned/player: ~7,500 (4 White Castle Chocolate Shakes — Large)

[Energy/distance calculations based on Fernandez, et al., Intensity of tennis match play, Br J Sports Med. 2006 May; 40(5): 387–391.]

Got other unusual data nuggets from the match? Share them in comments.