Mahut Returns with Win at Newport

by John on July 7, 2010

Nicolas Mahut played his first singles match yesterday since his epic marathon against John Isner two weeks ago at Wimbledon. Mahut defeated No. 3 seed Alejandro Falla 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, Rhode Island. The match, played in 97-degree heat, lasted just 83 minutes, almost 10 hours short of the record-setting 11 hour, five-minute battle at the All England Club, which spanned three days. For those living in complete isolation, Isner won the duo’s first-round Wimbledon duel 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68. Mahut, despite the loss, has become a bit of a celebrity since then and has received a warm reception in Newport. The Frenchman donated a shirt, shorts and a shoe he wore during the second day of the match to the Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday. With two weeks of reflection, the pain still lingers for Mahut. The body feels close to normal, but the emotions remain in flux. “This match is the best moment of my career, maybe my life,” Mahut said. “And also the worst.” Mahut, currently ranked No. 144, has never won an ATP Tour singles event, although he does have seven Challenger Tour titles. With Tuesday’s win, the career journeyman improved to 64-100 lifetime, but an impressive 25-18 on grass. Mahut’s only two ATP final appearances were on grass – Queen’s and Newport in 2007. The Frenchman takes on Canadian Frank Dancevic in the second round today.

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