Nicolas Mahut

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Nicolas Mahut
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Nicolas Mahut at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships
Full name Nicolas Pierre Armand Mahut
Country (sports)  France
Residence Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Born (1982-01-21) 21 January 1982 (age 34)
Angers, France
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro 2000
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Coach(es) Thierry Ascione (2012–2015)
Nicolas Escudé (2013)
Gabriel Urpi (?–
Jérôme Haehnel (?–
Prize money $7,249,302
Career record 155–191 (44.80% in Grand Slam and ATP World Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 37 (5 May 2014)
Current ranking No. 40 (17 October 2016)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2012)
French Open 3R (2012, 2015)
Wimbledon 4R (2016)
US Open 3R (2016)
Career record 243–170 (in Grand Slam and ATP World Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 16
Highest ranking No. 1 (6 June 2016)
Current ranking No. 1 (17 October 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (2015)
French Open F (2013)
Wimbledon W (2016)
US Open W (2015)
Last updated on: 17 October 2016.

Nicolas Pierre Armand Mahut (French pronunciation: ​[nikɔla may]; born 21 January 1982) is a French professional tennis player. In singles, he reached a career-high Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) ranking of world No. 37 on May 5, 2014. In doubles, he reached a career-high ATP ranking of world No. 1 on June 6, 2016.

He is well known for being skilled on grass, on which he has won the third most amount of titles amongst active players in singles behind Roger Federer (15) and Andy Murray (8) and tying with Rafael Nadal (4); he also has the most amount of singles titles won over the age of 30 amongst active players tying with Federer (4).

He is very adept at serve and volleying.

He is also a distinguished doubles player, being currently ranked world No. 1, and has reached all four Grand Slam finals in men's doubles, including winning the 2015 US Open and 2016 Wimbledon men's doubles titles.

Early and personal life[edit]

Nicolas Mahut was born in 1982 in Angers, France. He first trained at the Beaucouzé tennis club when he was five years old. He joined a tennis club in Paris when he was 11.

He currently lives in Boulogne-Billancourt, a suburb of Paris near the grounds of Roland Garros. He met his wife Virginie in 2007 and she gave birth to their son Natanel (Nathanaël) on 18 August 2011.[2] Mahut is also the stepfather to Virginie's teenage son from a previous relationship.

His closest friends on the ATP Tour are fellow countrymen Michaël Llodra, Édouard Roger-Vasselin, Julien Benneteau, and Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Mahut has also become good friends with the American tennis player John Isner, after they played together in the longest professional tennis match ever at Wimbledon 2010, which lasted over 11 hours.

He is currently coached by former professional players Gabriel Urpi and Jérôme Haehnel.

Tennis career[edit]

Mahut had excellent junior results, winning the Orange Bowl in 1999 and the Wimbledon Boys' Singles in 2000, turning professional the same year. His career-high singles ranking is world No. 37, achieved in July 2014. Mahut was runner-up to Andy Roddick at the 2007 Queen's Club Championships, and runner-up that same year at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. In June 2013, he won his first ATP singles title, winning the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships in 's-Hertogenbosch, and he followed it up in July by winning the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, Rhode Island.

Mahut is known for being part of the longest match in professional tennis history against John Isner in the first round of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. He holds a number of tennis records and awards for the match, including the most points won in a single match (502) and most games won by a losing player (91).[3]

Mahut is also a prolific doubles player, reaching a career high of world No. 1 in 6 June 2016. He has won doubles titles with countrymen Julien Benneteau, Arnaud Clément, and Édouard Roger-Vasselin, before his most successful and current partnership with Pierre-Hugues Herbert. In 2013, he and Michaël Llodra lost the final of the French Open. In 2015, Mahut, with Pierre-Hugues Herbert, lost the final of the Australian Open but won the US Open doubles title. In 2016, with Pierre-Hugues Herbert, he won the Wimbledon doubles title.

Juniors years[edit]

In 1998, Mahut was champion of France for 15- and 16-year-olds and the 17- and 18-year-olds. 1999 saw Mahut win the Orange Bowl doubles title. In addition, Mahut was the winner of the Sunshine Cup, the 35th Coffee Bowl, and the Coupe Galéa-Valério.[citation needed] In Grand Slams, he won the 2000 Wimbledon Championships Boys' Singles, the 2000 Australian Open Boys' Doubles (alongside Tommy Robredo) and the 1999 US Open Boys' Doubles (alongside Julien Benneteau).

As a junior Mahut posted a 93–33 record in singles and a 76–21 record in doubles. He reached as high as No. 3 in singles and No. 1 in doubles (in January 2000 and December 1999 respectively).


Mahut started 2000 as No. 1,063T in the world.[4] During the year Mahut failed to reach a final on the Challenger Tour, but reached the quarterfinals of the Cherbourg Challenger, losingto world No. 274 Mikhail Youzhny.[5] At the ITF future circuit he reached three quarterfinals.[5] He received a wildcard into the French Open, but lost in the opening round to Austrian world No. 105 Markus Hipfl in straight sets.[5] Later in the year, at the Toulouse Open, he received another wildcard, losing in 3 sets to world No. 76 Mikael Tillström.[5] Mahut had more success in doubles, reaching the final of the Cherbourg Challenger, partnering with Julien Benneteau, losing in 3 sets to Frenchmen Julien Boutter and Michaël Llodra.[6] At the French Open, he and Benneteau reached the second round, losing to Nicklas Kulti and Tillström.[6] Later in July, Mahut and Benneteau won their first challenger title at Contrexeville, defeating Jean-René Lisnard and Olivier Patience in the final.[6] In his last ATP tour-level event, Mahut and Benneteau lost in the opening round of the Paris Masters.[6] During the year Mahut failed to win a ATP tour-level match in singles.[5]


He started the 2001 season at the Australian Open, losing in 5 sets to world No. 59 Andrei Medvedev.[7] Not long after, at the Marseille Open, Mahut recorded his first ATP tour-level win, defeating South African Neville Godwin in 3 sets.[7] In the second round he played against a Top 10 player for the first time in his career, losing to world No. 7 Yevgeny Kafelnikov in 3 sets.[7] At the French Open Mahut lost in the first round to world No. 122 Michael Russell in straight sets.[7] In August, Mahut won his first Future-level tournament at the Luxembourg F1, defeating Stephane Martinez in straight sets.[7] Weeks later, in September, Mahut won his second Future title, defeating world No. 470 Marc Gicquel in straight sets at France F15.[7] In his last tournament of the year, at the Paris Masters, Mahut lost to world No. 49 Mark Philippoussis in straight sets.[7] In doubles, Mahut won the Andrezieux Challenger in February with Benneteau, defeating Noam Behr and Jonathan Erlich in straight sets.[8] At the French Open Mahut and Benneteau lost in 3 sets.[8] In June, Mahut, partnering Oliver Patience, reached the final, but lost to Alun Jones and Todd Larkham.[8] At the France F11 future event, Mahut and Benneteau defeated Christophe Deveaux and Nicolas Devilder in the final.[8]


At his first and only ATP tour-level match in 2002, in Marseille at the Open 13, Mahut lost in the opening round to world No. 369 Marc Gicquel 4–6, 3–6.[9] The year ended on a good note, winning the France F17 tournament, defeating Jean-Christophe Faurel in 3 sets.[9] He was the runner-up at the France F21 tournament, losing to world No. 272 Marc Gicquel in 3 sets.[9] In his first doubles tournament of the year, Mahut partnered with Grégory Carraz to win the Lubeck Challenger, defeating Yves Allegro and Denis Golovanov in 3 sets.[10] At the France F6 tournament, he partnered with Benneteau and defeated Maxime Boyé and Thomas Dupre 6–3, 7–5.[10] In his only ATP Tour-level doubles event of the year, at the French Open, Mahut and Benneteau lost in the opening round to Mardy Fish and Jeff Morrison when they were 2 points away from winning the match in the 2nd set.[10] During the year Mahut failed to win a tour-level match in both singles and doubles.[9][10]


He began the 2003 season by winning the France F3 future tournament, defeating world No. 335 Regis Lavergne in 3 sets.[11] Not long after, he won his fifth (and thus far his last) future tournament, the France F7, by defeating Daniele Bracciali in close tiebreaks.[11] At the French Open, Mahut lost to world No. 213 Marc Lopez in straight sets.[11] At the Queen's Club Championships Mahut played his first ATP Tour-level match on grass, losing to world No. 279 Todd Reid in straight sets.[11] He recovered by reaching his first ATP Challenger singles final at the Open Diputación, losing to world No. 174 Stefano Pescosolido.[11] He again responded well to defeat, and then he won a Challenger at the Manchester Trophy defeating Gilles Elseneer.[11] At the US Open, Mahut lost in the first round to world No. 39 Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets.[11] At the Moselle Open, Mahut defeated world No. 19 Younes El Aynaoui in 3 sets.[11] In his next tournament, the Grand Prix de Tennis in Lyon, he scored his first Top 10 win against Sébastien Grosjean in two sets after Grosjean retired after trailing 0–3 in the second set.[11] He continued his good form into the Paris Masters, where he defeated world No. 35 Jarkko Nieminen in 3 sets.[11] In the second round he lost to world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero 6–7(7–9), 4–6.[11]


2004 saw the Frenchman become the champion of France with the team Paris Jean Bouin. His doubles results were bright, losing in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Masters with Julien Benneteau. He was the winner of the Open de Moselle in Metz, France with Arnaud Clément, and a semifinalist of the US Open with Benneteau in doubles.


In 2005, Mahut was the champion of France with the Paris Jean Bouin team for the second year in succession. Mahut won the doubles Challenger de Grenoble and Open d'Orléans titles with compatriot Julien Benneteau. He was a finalist of the Orléans Open and the Ford challenger of Cherbourg-Octeville in singles. Mahut lost in the doubles final, with partner Gilles Müller, at the Pozoblanco, Spain Challenger.



In 2007, Mahut achieved excellent results in singles on grass, where he was a finalist at the Queen's Club Championship, but lost in three sets to former world No. 1 Andy Roddick, despite having a championship point in the second set. En route to the final, he defeated world No. 2 Rafael Nadal. In the semifinals, Mahut defeated compatriot Arnaud Clément. Mahut beat Clément in four sets and reached the second round at Wimbledon, losing in straight sets to 12th seed Richard Gasquet who went on to beat Roddick in the quarterfinals. He then made the finals in Newport, Rhode Island, reaching his second career tour-level final, but lost 4–6, 4–6 to Fabrice Santoro. In addition to these good results, Mahut and Julien Benneteau reached the 2007 US Open Men's Doubles semifinals, knocking out defending champions Martin Damm and Leander Paes in the first round, before falling in 3 sets to eventual tournament winners Simon Aspelin and Julian Knowle. Mahut ended the year inside the Top 50 in singles for the first time of his career, at world No. 45.


After an excellent 2007, Mahut endured a less successful 2008, failing to reach any ATP tour-level finals and exiting in the first round at Wimbledon, Roland Garros, and the US Open, although he did manage a win over Argentine José Acasuso in the first round of the 2008 Australian Open. His attempt to repeat his great run at Queen's Club Championships the year before ended with a straight-sets defeat by Argentine David Nalbandian, then world No. 8, in the round of 16.

Outside the ATP tour, a highlight of 2008 for Mahut was the Challenger level tournament in Orléans, France, which he won, beating Christophe Rochus of Belgium, 5–7, 6–1, 7–6, in a tight final.


Injuries and some bad results towards the end of 2008 meant that 2009 saw Mahut slip out of the world's Top 100. This ensured another tough year, as Mahut was forced to come through qualifying in order to play in the bigger tournaments. After disappointingly failing to qualify for Roland Garros for what would have been a fourth year in a row, he returned to play at The Queen's Club, where he had enjoyed so much success in the past. Once again, he played well in London, not only coming through qualifying, but also winning three main draw matches, finally falling to the big-serving Ivo Karlović in the round of 16, and crucially defending his ranking points from the previous year. This marked the fourth consecutive year that Mahut reached the round of 16 at The Queen's Club.

After a first-round defeat at Wimbledon, Mahut reached two consecutive semifinals at the Challenger level, losing to Olivier Rochus in Manchester, England, and Feliciano López in Segovia, Spain. Towards the end of the year, Mahut's ranking fell further, and he dropped out of the Top 200.


A win at the Cherbourg Challenger in France which was only Mahut's second tournament of the year got 2010 off to a good start and saw him re-enter the world's Top 200. Mahut was given a wildcard into Roland Garros and took full advantage, winning his opening-round match against Mischa Zverev of Germany, 6–1, 6–2, 6–4. This victory marked the first time Mahut reached the second round at Roland Garros. He exited the tournament in the next round, however, putting up a good fight before losing to eventual semifinalist Jürgen Melzer of Austria in four sets.

Mahut's next tournament was The Queen's Club Championships in London, where he again had to come through qualifying to enter the main draw. He qualified with relative ease, however, and went on to beat Lu Yen-Hsun in the first round in straight sets, despite being a break down in the first. He then faced big-hitting Croat Marin Čilić in the second round, a replica of the match between the two the previous year, which Mahut had won in two tiebreaks. It briefly looked as if another upset was on the cards, as Mahut took the first set on a tie-breaker. Eventually, however, Čilić showed why he has been ranked in the Top 10, finally prevailing in 3 sets. This marked the first time Mahut was beaten before the round of 16 at The Queen's Club since 2004.

Mahut was then forced to enter qualifying for Wimbledon, where he was seeded 27th. He enjoyed a routine win over Canadian Frank Dancevic in his first match, before coming up against Alex Bogdanovic in the second. After a four-hour epic, by far the most extraordinary match of the round, Mahut finally prevailed, 3–6, 6–3, 24–22, to advance to the final qualifying round, where he played 13th seed Stefan Koubek. Things looked grim for Mahut after he lost the first two sets, but he battled back to win another lengthy match, 6–7, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–4. This win saw him enter the main draw of Wimbledon 2010, where he was drawn against the big-serving American John Isner in round one, setting up a historic match (see below). In recognition of his heroic efforts in the aforementioned match, Mahut was given a wildcard entry to Newport, where he had reached the final in 2007.

Despite a very tough opening-round draw against third seed, Alejandro Falla, who had taken Federer to five sets in the first round at Wimbledon just two weeks previously, Mahut prevailed, 6–3, 1–6, 6–3, and went on to face Frank Dancevic of Canada in round 2, where Dancevic avenged his loss at Wimbledon qualifying and defeated Mahut in straight sets. Mahut then fell in the last round of qualifying for the final Grand Slam of the year at Flushing Meadows, before finishing the year on a high with a win on the Challenger circuit at Orleans, France, and an extremely close three-set defeat by Richard Gasquet, ranked over 100 places higher than Mahut, at the Masters 1000 tournament at Paris Bercy.


Mahut began his 2011 season by representing France at the Hopman Cup with Kristina Mladenovic. Mahut lost to John Isner and Andy Murray in his first two matches, but defeated Potito Starace in his final match. France finished second in their section behind the USA. Afterwards, Mahut entered the qualifying tournament for the 2011 Australian Open, where he defeated Luke Saville, Guillermo Olaso, and Frederik Nielsen to secure a place in the main draw. He won his first match at the Australian Open against Brian Dabul, but lost to Viktor Troicki in the second round. As the defending champion of the 2011 Challenger DCNS de Cherbourg, Mahut made it to the final, before losing to Grigor Dimitrov.[12]

Mahut competed in the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, and his opponent in the first round was again John Isner, but unlike 2010, Isner won in straight sets, although 2 of the 3 sets went to a tiebreak. Mahut lost in the second round of the US Open to finalist Rafael Nadal. He reached the quarterfinals in Metz in September, where he lost to eventual champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.


For the first time in his career, Mahut has advanced to the third round of the 2012 Australian Open, where he faced the top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic. Despite an injury, he finished the match, losing in straight sets. In the French Open, Mahut also reached the third round, losing in four sets to Roger Federer. Prior to the start of the tournament his record at Roland Garros was 1–9. Before 2012, he had never won more than three Grand Slam singles matches in one year.

At the 2012 Queen's Club Championships, Mahut upset defending champion and No. 4 in the world Andy Murray in the second round. Mahut described the victory as one of the best of his career. At the Hall of Fame Tennis championship in Newport on grass, Mahut lost to the top seed and defending champion John Isner in the second round.[13] His last tournament of 2012 was a Challenger in Belgium in October, when he was ranked No. 68 in the world.


Due to a knee injury, Mahut was unable to play in the 2013 Australian Open.[14] Prior to the 2013 French Open, he mainly played on the Future and Challenger circuits and attempted to qualify for ATP Tour level clay-court tournaments in Monte Carlo, Bucharest, and Nice. During this time, his singles ranking dropped. A few weeks later, Mahut had some success in doubles, including reaching the final of the 2013 French Open men's doubles with Michaël Llodra as an unseeded pair, where they lost a close match to the top-seeded Mike and Bob Bryan 4–6, 6–4, 6–7(4–7) and came within two points of winning the match. Despite Mahut's world ranking in doubles moved up from 70 to 32,[15][16] Mahut seriously considered retirement from the tour, because of persistent injuries and the fact that he still haven't won a singles title and failed to grasp his chance in front of his home crowd in a heartbreaking loss, but decided to carry on for the last time.

Mahut's perseverance paid off, when a week later he decided to play at the 's-Hertogenbosch ATP tournament in the Netherlands to start off the grass season. Mahut had to qualify for the event, and once he qualified, he went on to win his first ATP Tour singles title, with a straight-set victory over Stanislas Wawrinka in the final.[17] Mahut did not lose a set, and his serve was only broken once during the tournament. As a result of his win, he ranking increased by more than 100 places, and he entered the Top 125.[14] An emotional Mahut joyfully celebrated the win. Mahut received a wildcard for the 2013 Wimbledon tournament in recognition of his achievements, and reached the second round where he lost to Tommy Robredo.[18][19]

After Wimbledon, Mahut received another wildcard for the 2013 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. He went on to win the singles title, his second ATP tour singles title in the space of a month, after defeating Lleyton Hewitt in three sets in the final, despite Hewitt's serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set.[20] Mahut's victory saw him enter the Top 100 in the singles rankings, reaching No. 75. As a result of rain delays, Mahut played both the singles semifinal and final and the doubles semifinal with partner Édouard Roger-Vasselin on 14 July, and the doubles final was postponed to the following day as a result. The following day, Mahut and Roger-Vasselin won the doubles tournament by defeating Tim Smyczek and Rhyne Williams.[21] Mahut ended the year inside the Top 50 in singles for the second time in his career, at world No. 50.



In 2015, Mahut reached the men's doubles final of the Australian Open, his second appearance in a Grand Slam men's double final. He and his partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert), unseeded, lost the final against the unseeded Italians Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini. Mahut (who was given a wild card) defeated the 24th seed Ernests Gulbis in the second round of the 2015 French Open but lost to the 12th seed Gilles Simon in the third round. Next, he competed in the Topshelf Open, during the first week of the grass season, for which he needed to qualify. Once in the field, however, he defeated Lleyton Hewitt, Roberto Bautista Agut, Adrian Mannarino, Robin Haase, and finally David Goffin to win his third ATP Tour singles title of his career, all of them on grass. Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, seeded 12th, won the 2015 US Open men's doubles title with a 6–4, 6–4 win over 8th seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers in the final. They thus became the first all-French pair to win the men's doubles title at the US Open and their US Open victory marked the sixth time that an all-French pair had won a Grand Slam men's doubles title in the Open Era.[22][23] They also qualified for the prestigious ATP World Tour Finals for the first time for both men, but failed to make it pass round robin stage.


During the first few months of 2016, Mahut performed poorly in singles but enjoyed tremendous success in doubles. He won a doubles title in February 2016 in Rotterdam, an ATP World Tour 500 event, partnering Vasek Pospisil (and came within 2 points of reaching the final in the singles draw, on what would have been his first tour-level final on hard court and his first final at a ATP World Tour 500 event), defeating Alexander Peya and Philipp Petzschner in the final. He and Pierre-Hugues Herbert then won the first three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 of the year: in Indian Wells, where he and Herbert defeated Pospisil and Jack Sock in straight sets in the final; in Miami, where he and Herbert defeated Raven Klassen and Rajeev Ram in the final; and Monte Carlo, where he and Herbert defeated world No. 1 Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in the final. By then, Mahut has won 17 consecutive matches in doubles (not including walkovers) which dates back to mid-February to Rotterdam. Unlike his ATP Tour singles titles, these came on hard and clay courts. He extended the streak to 19 when he reached the semifinals at the fourth Masters 1000 of the year at Madrid in May, succumbing to 3rd seeds, the No. 1 doubles team of 2015, and eventual champions Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecău.

Mahut at the 2016 French Open.

At the French Open, in singles, unseeded Mahut defeated Lithuanian Ričardas Berankis in straight sets in the first round and reached the second round where he retired to Spaniard Marcel Granollers in the third set after trailing 0–2 in sets. In doubles, Mahut was seeded 1st in men's doubles in a Grand Slam event for the first time in his career. However, he and Herbert were upset in the third round by 15th seeds and eventual champions Feliciano López and Marc López. Despite the loss, on 6 June, Mahut became the 49th player and only the second Frenchman (the first was Yannick Noah, who held the No. 1 doubles ranking for a total of 19 weeks in 1986 and 1987) in history to be ranked No. 1 in the ATP Doubles Rankings. He held it for a week before losing it.

Mahut had an outstanding grass season, winning all tournaments he entered in either singles or doubles draw. By the end of the first week, on 13 June, Mahut already clinched his fourth ATP Tour singles title by successfully defending the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships singles title, and won it for a record-tying third time in men's singles, defeating Luxembourgian Gilles Müller in straight sets in the final.[24] Mahut then participated in Queen's Club Championships in the second week, where he faced defending champion and world No. 2 Andy Murray in the opening round, and came close to repeat the success in 2012 by losing in 2 tight tiebreaks. Despite the setback, however, in the doubles draw, he and Herbert successfully defended the title while only dropping a tiebreak in the process, defeating Australian Chris Guccione and Brazilian André Sá in straight sets in the final, which was Mahut's 5th doubles title of the year. As a result, Mahut became the first, and the only player to date, who defended a title in both singles and doubles on the 2016 ATP World Tour.

Mahut and Herbert at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships

Mahut then competed at the Wimbledon Championships. In the singles draw, he defeated Brydan Klein in the first round in straight sets. He then upset 13th seed David Ferrer in the second round also in straight sets. In the third round he defeated his doubles partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert in four sets to advance to the singles fourth round of a Grand Slam event for the first time in his career. In the fourth round, he lost in straight sets to the 28th seed, Sam Querrey, who had unexpectedly defeated world No. 1 and top seed Novak Djokovic in the third round. In the doubles draw, again seeded 1st, he and Hebert fought their way to the final with a few tough matches en route, setting up a clash with unseeded pair of countrymen and friends Julien Benneteau and Édouard Roger-Vasselin, which is also the first ever all-French final in the history of Wimbledon. By reaching the final, Mahut and Herbert has reached the men's doubles final on all four Grand Slams. He and Herbert defeated them in straight sets to win his 2nd Grand Slam in doubles. He also regained the No. 1 spot in doubles, a ranking that he held ever since. He also tied with Novak Djokovic for most titles on the 2016 ATP Tour (7) to date with singles and doubles title combined. He and Herbert also became the first pair to qualify for ATP World Tour Finals following results from Wimbledon. By then, Mahut and Herbert won another 10 consecutive doubles match that dates back to the Queen's Club championships, and extended it to 11 when they won their Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals rubber against Czech Republic. France eventually won 3–1. However, the streak came to a stop when they entered the Rio Olympics representing France and was taken out in the first round by unseeded Colombians Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah. Mahut later commented the result at Rio as "a failure, fiasco, and disaster".[25]

After mediocre results in both singles and doubles at the Cincinati Masters, the tournament he participated after the Olympics, Mahut competed in both singles and doubles draw at the US Open. In singles, Mahut was unseeded and defeated Philip Kolschreiber after winning the first 2 sets and Kolschreiber retired in the first round, and then he came up with another straight set victory against close friend and countryman Paul-Henri Mathieu. By reaching the third round, Mahut has now reached third round or better on all four Grand Slams in singles. It also marked the first time in his career that he participated in all four Grand Slams in singles without at least one first round exit. In the third round, he faced 6th seed Kei Nishikori and was off to a great start winning the first set, and had a lot more break point chances after the first set than Nishikori, but failed to convert any of them and lost the match while only winning 5 games in the last three sets. In doubles, as the defending champions, Mahut and Herbert was seeded 1st, and reached the semifinals for the second consecutive year and only dropped a set en route to set up a rematch of this year's Monte-Carlo Masters final against 4th seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, which they lost in 3 tight sets. Murray and Soares went on to win the tournament.

The week after US Open, Mahut participated in the Davis Cup World Group semifinals against Croatia. Mahut and Herbert teamed up for the doubles rubber, but were upset by Marin Čilić and Ivan Dodig in 4 closely contested sets. France went on to lose the tie by a margin of a match, 2–3. Mahut was then out of action for 4 weeks, including skipping the Shanghai Masters, where Bruno Soares was a match away from overtaking Mahut as the new world No. 1 in doubles. Had Soares won the match, he would have became the 50th player in history to be ranked No. 1 in the ATP Doubles Rankings. Mahut came back to play the inaugural European Open at Antwerp, Belgium, again in both singles and doubles draws. In singles, Mahut was seeded 7th, but was upset by unseeded eventual runner-up Argentine Diego Schwartzman in 2 tight sets in the first round. In doubles, seeded 1st, Mahut and Herbert reached the final, including a revenge against Schwartzman in the quarterfinals where he dropped the only set en route, in which they were taken out by 2nd seeds, Canadian Daniel Nestor and Frenchman Édouard Roger-Vasselin in straight sets. This marked Mahut's first loss in an ATP tour-level final, singles and doubles combined, in 2016.

Mahut then participated in the Swiss Indoors, another ATP World Tour 500 event, where he will be competing in both singles and doubles draw.

Longest match in history[edit]

the plaque on Court 18 that commemorates the match

In what became a record-setting match, spanning three days, qualifier Mahut faced 23rd seed John Isner in the first round of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships on 22–24 June. Isner served a world record 112 aces in the single match alone, breaking Ivo Karlović's record of 78. Mahut would go on to surpass it as well with 103.[26]

The match is the longest match ever in a Tennis Open in terms of both time and games[27] lasting 183 games, 11 hours and 5 minutes beating the previous record set by (respectively) Pancho Gonzales defeating Charlie Pasarell in 112 games in 1969 at Wimbledon in the first round, as well as the Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clément (both French) match at the 2004 French Open which lasted 6 hours, 33 minutes. Play was suspended at 21:11 on 23 June due to darkness at a score of 59–59. Isner ended up winning (6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–3), 70–68), with the final match time being 11 hours and 5 minutes.

Both players and the referee received prizes for participating in the match. Mahut holds the record for most points won in a tennis match, at 502 points. He also holds the Wimbledon record for most games won in a match by a losing player with 91.

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R A A 1R A A 2R 2R A A 2R 3R A 1R Q1 2R 0 / 8 6–8 42.86
French Open 1R 1R A 1R 1R A 1R 1R 1R Q2 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R 3R 2R 0 / 14 6–14 30
Wimbledon A A A A A A 3R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 2R 4R 0 / 11 9–11 45
US Open A A A 1R 1R A 2R 1R 1R Q1 Q3 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 3R 0 / 11 5–11 31.25
Win–Loss 0–1 0–2 0–0 0–2 0–3 0–0 3–3 2–4 1–4 0–1 1–2 2–4 5–4 1–3 0–4 3–2 7–4 0 / 44 26–44 37.14
Year-End Ranking 388 216 269 94 131 134 66 45 94 214 132 80 108 50 177 71

Grand Slam doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 3R 2R 1R QF 3R A A A 1R 1R SF F 2R 0 / 10 18–10 64.29
French Open 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R QF 2R A 3R 1R 3R 2R F 3R 3R 3R 0 / 16 22–16 57.89
Wimbledon A A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 3R A 1R 2R 1R 2R SF 3R W 1 / 12 17–11 60.71
US Open A A A A SF QF 1R SF 2R 1R 1R A QF 3R 2R W SF 1 / 12 28–11 71.79
Win–Loss 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 7–4 4–4 3–4 8–4 5–3 2–2 0–3 3–2 4–4 8–4 11–4 15–3 13–3 2 / 50 85–48 63.91
Year-End Ranking 207 279 290 75 27 57 83 38 81 98 97 59 51 32 19 12


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