By Ben Fractenberg
MANHATTAN—American John Isner ended the longest match ever played at Wimbledon Wednesday after beating Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set after three days and over 11 hours of play.
This, of course, begs the question, “What could you do in Manhattan over 11 hours?”
Instead of watching the match you could have watched these seven movies at the Tribeca Film Festival: "The Birth of Big Air," "Climate of Change," "Hellfighters," "The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle," "The Infidel," "Metropia" and "Muhammad and Larry" — and still have had 17 minutes left over to schmooze with Robert De Niro.
New York sports enthusiasts could have attended the last Mets, Yankees and Liberty games, with time remaining.
Sightseers would have been able to take three Circle Line Tours around Manhattan.
CentralPark.com says an average horse-drawn carriage ride costs $50 for the first twenty minutes and $20 for each additional 10 minutes. So, you could have taken an 11-hour ride for around a cool $1,330 — excluding tip, of course.
If you really wanted to test your mental abilities you could have played 66 straight 10-minute chess games in Washington Square Park.
And New York Subway fans could have enjoyed riding the 1 train from end to end 10 times.
You could have also tried to play 11 hours of tennis in three days at one of Manhattan’s nine public tennis courts, but we wouldn’t recommend it in this heat.