It’s back

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

The plaque is back at Wim­ble­don.

And the All Eng­land Club in­sists there is a sim­ple ex­pla­na­tion for why the marker posted on a brick wall out­side Court 18 — point­ing out that it was the site of John Is­ner’s record-break­ing 70-68 fifth-set vic­tory over Ni­co­las Mahut in 2010 — was miss­ing for a bit.

A spokesman for the club said the plaque was tem­po­rar­ily taken down for “re­fur­bish­ment,” be­cause there was “a lit­tle wear and tear” on the green-and-pur­ple tour­na­ment logo at the bot­tom. She said a new logo was af­fixed to it, but oth­er­wise it is the same sign that was there be­fore.

The 6-10 Is­ner won­dered about the of­fi­cial ex­pla­na­tion.

“Why would they re­fur­bish it?” Is­ner asked. “Even if they re­fur­bished it, that would take 20 min­utes.”

Seven years ago, Is­ner and Mahut, a French­man who lost in the first round this week, played the long­est match in ten­nis his­tory, an 11-hour, 5-minute marathon at Court 18 that stretched over three days in the first round.

The plaque an­nounces in white cap­i­tal let­ters on a black back­ground that “the long­est match” was played at that court “22nd-24th June 2010.” It also in­cludes the score — 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (9), 7-3 (3), 70-68 — and notes the “match du­ra­tion.”

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