John Isner’s name can be found on a plaque outside Wimbledon’s Court 18. The player won against Nicolas Mahut after playing the longest tennis match ever played. They played 5 sets which lasted 11 hours 5 minutes spread over three days in June 2010.
This year on the 10th anniversary of the match, 7 year old Lucius (from Caterham) who had heard about the match while on a tour of the stadium, decided that he would like to participate in his very own tennis-athon! The talented youngster, who has been playing tennis since he was 4 and trains regularly at Reedham Tennis Club with Cooper Tennis, decided that he would like to raise money for Caterham Foodbank by completing the challenge. Caterham Foodbank provide emergency food and support to local residents suffering as a result of the crisis.
On Monday 29th June (which, had we not been in this pandemic, would have been the start date of Wimbledon 2020), he completed the event and played tennis continuously at his local club Tennis Club for 11 hours and 5 minutes. A rotation of ball hitting players which included his dad, brother and coaches all contributed towards helping Lucius achieve his target of £1,105.
The JustGiving page will remain live until Sunday 12th July which would have been Wimbledon Finals Day. Donations can be made via;