Wimbledon 2022: How long are the matches? Start and end times announced

Tennis player Nick Kyrgios

Some tennis matches can last for hours – even days (Image: Javier Garcia via Shutterstock)

Wimbledon 2022 is in full swing and has already seen some big twists, including the early defeat of some of the tournament’s best rivals.

Thousands have descended on the All England Club in London to watch the world’s biggest tennis names compete for one of the sport’s most prestigious awards.

How long are tennis matches at Wimbledon?

How long does a tennis match last?

Tennis matches can vary greatly in length depending on a number of factors, one of which is sets.

For men, three sets are required to win a best-of-five match at Wimbledon and other Grand Slam tournaments, while for women it is two sets. On average, these games last between 90 minutes and two hours.

However, some tournaments require players to win five sets against their opponent, resulting in much longer games averaging around three hours.

John Isner at Wimbledon

John Isner played a match that lasted over 11 hours over three days (Image: EPA)

Traditionally, the final sets during a tiebreak — where both players have won exactly the same number of points, games and sets and are close to winning — last until a player wins with two clear games. This means that some tennis matches can be extremely long.

In fact, the longest tennis match in history – between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010 – lasted 11 hours and five minutes over three different tournament days. The shortest Wimbledon match came in 1881 when William Renshaw defeated John Hartley in a match that lasted just 36 minutes.

To prevent games that feel like forever, new rules are being tried out this year to determine a clear winner in the event of a tiebreak. According to The Grand Slam Board, if the score in the final set reaches six games total, the match winner is the first to win 10 points by a margin of two or more points.

Rolex clock at Wimbledon

A Rolex watch monitors matches, which sometimes last many hours (Image: Tim Clayton via Getty Images)

What time does Wimbledon start and end each day?

The All England Club grounds open daily at 10.30am for pitches 2-18 to play from 11.30am.

However, play will begin on the show courts – Center Court and Courts 2, 3, 12 and 18 – at 1:00 p.m. The only exception is the championship final, which starts at 2 p.m. on Center Court.

Depending on weather-related delays and whether the game has entered an extended tie-break, the game usually ends around 9 p.m. However, this can take much longer as the last tennis match at Wimbledon lasts until just after 11pm.

But the organizers can forget about playing later – a The local council’s order for outdoor events means games must be over by 11pm and must continue the next day.

So if you’re planning on sitting down to watch a game, put it aside at least two hours of your day – but be prepared that it will take much longer.

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