While Vicky Nelson-Dunbar and Jean Hepner played the longest pro point on record, the overall record belongs to a couple of juniors.
In the 1977 Anaheim Junior Championships, 11 year olds Cari Hagey and Colette Kavanaugh played a point in the first game of the second set which lasted 51½ minutes. The ball crossed the net 1029 times before Hagey netted an overhead. Hagey did go on to win the match, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, in 5 hours, 15 minutes.
There have been 2 "Golden Matches" (one player winning every point) in tournament championships. In the 1910 Washington State Championship final, Hazel Wightman did it against a Miss Huiskamp. In the 1943 Tri-State Championship final, Pauline Betz did it to Miss C. Wolf.
Jul 23rd, 2002, 09:18 AM
Golden Matches?... wow... one player must be on fire... or the other was just plain hopeless
VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jul 23rd, 2002, 01:21 PM
I wonder how many golden sets there are on the WTA tour ;)
Jul 23rd, 2002, 02:26 PM
Oh I love these thanks Brian :)
I love golden matches too. But the poor losers :sad:
I wonder if we'll ever see a golden match again? :confused:
Jul 23rd, 2002, 04:06 PM
Not on the main tour. Only if a top player played a small satellite event. And that's unlikely because the risk (injury, wear and tear on body) so greatly outweighs the reward (points).
In both of these cases, you had all-time greats doing it to players who were obviously well out of their league. Unless Venus or Serena play one of their other sisters, we won't see it again. :)
Jul 23rd, 2002, 04:14 PM
Brian that last bit was hilarious, but a little mean :) I know one of their 'other' sisters is a little over weight :o
But I know what you mean, it's too unrealistic to happen anymore. That's the same with the Nelson-Hepnar rallies :o
Any other interesting tidbits? :)
Jul 23rd, 2002, 05:03 PM
Lmao! These stats are really interesting. 51 1/2 minutes is longer thne most of the few matches I play last!!! I'm sure there'd be a golden match or three if Venus, Serena, Jen, Martina, or Lindsay played Nancy or Dewonder.:) ;)
Jul 23rd, 2002, 05:29 PM
A golden set is always possible. It happened on the mens tour some time back in the 70s or 80s.
I'm happy Carri won the match after putting 50 minutes into a point! I wonder how long the point after was.....
Jul 23rd, 2002, 05:36 PM
They must have had a break after that ponit, there's no way they could have gone on playing right away.
Jul 23rd, 2002, 05:37 PM
Steffi Graf nearly had a Golden Set once, but at 4-0 in the first set, she lost two points to her opponent. She didn't lose another point in that set before or after that. I don't remember the name of the opponent but I do recall that it was played on a hardcourt in the US sometime in the late 80's. I remember reading that an interviewer pointed out to Steffi that she was 2 points away from a Golden Set. Steffi herself was not aware of that until she was told. I'm quite sure this happened, but it was so long ago that the details are sketchy to me now. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful than that.
Jul 23rd, 2002, 05:42 PM
We nearly had a golden set a couple of weeks ago in Wimbledon qualifying! In the first round of qualies, Jessica Fernandez won just one point in the first set against Stanislava Hrozenska.
The most recent golden set was on the ATP tour. It was done by Bill Scanlon over Marcos Hocevar at the WCT Gold Coast Classic at Del Ray, FL on Feb. 22, 1983. Scanlon won the match 6-2 6-0.
Jul 23rd, 2002, 08:19 PM
Vanity, how do you know all this stuff? :confused: Even I forgot about that! Your mind is an amazing place! :D
Jul 23rd, 2002, 08:49 PM
Hazel Wightman. Does her name have anything to do with the Wightman Cup?
Jul 23rd, 2002, 09:17 PM
She was the driving force behind it.
Jul 23rd, 2002, 09:40 PM
I believe Graf's near golden set came against Carling Bassett Seguso in the second round of the Slims of Washington in '89. There was an article about Graf and her dominance in Sports Illustrated at the time and they used the fact that Graf won the first 20 points of the Bassett match as evidence of her dominance. Especially considering Carling had been a top 10 player at one time. Graf won that match 6-0, 6-0, still I give Carling a little lee-way since she had recently had a child.
Jul 24th, 2002, 09:45 PM
Thanks for the reply Brian. I had a feeling the name Wightman was too much of a coincidence for it not to have had something to do with the Cup.