The Longest Tennis Match Ever!




On 7th July 2016, Amanda Kayes wrote,

This Saturday I am umpiring a 12 hour continuous tennis match in order to beat the longest ever recorded tennis match record (Mahut v Isner) of just over 11 hours! I am being assisted by the wonderful kids and adult members of Knaresborough King James’s Tennis Club who are playing in 1 hour rotations whilst also trying to raise money. I can’t sit still for 10 minutes so 12 hours will kill me but I will do it in order to raise money for the wonderful charity Invest in ME.

Why this charity?

Well in 2002, my brother, Paul Kayes, was struck down with M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) following a virus. He was very fit, active, had a good job, a loving wife and two children, yet this illness showed no mercy as it gripped his body and as a result, for the last 13 years he has become virtually housebound and most of the time is confined to his bed. His only hope is that a cure for ME is found.

Invest in ME is run on an entirely voluntary basis by sufferers and parents of children suffering from M.E. Every penny they receive goes towards finding the cause and cure for this horrible illness whilst also trying to educate health care organisations and the public. Their most recent push is to raise funds for Biomedical Research into ME and have already laid foundations for a UK Centre of Excellence for ME Research. We want to help them take a step closer to reaching their goal, so that one day soon, a cure can be found to help my brother, and other sufferers, to get their lives back. We also want people to understand more about M.E. so its sufferers don’t feel so misjudged.

Looking forward to the big match on Saturday and raising as much money as possible for this amazing charity! 12 hours of sitting still can’t be worse than 14 hours of climbing up and down the summit of Kilimanjaro in the snow whilst throwing my guts up!!! But can we beat the record for the number of games played??? I think we can!!! Please read my story on JustGiving and if you could spare a few pounds to sponsor me I’d be so grateful.

UPDATE 9th July 2016: Amanda Kayes wrote….
“We did it!!! 12 hours of a continuous singles match and 8 hours of a doubles match, beating both records for the longest match and also the number of games played (we played 220 games in the singles match, beating the record of 183 games, and 133 games of doubles beating the record of 91 games)!!! We got pretty soaked but the kids and adults taking part were not phased by the puddles! Amazingly, on the stroke of 12 hours, the score between team Mahut and team Isner was exactly 110 games to 110, so a draw overall! So far we’ve raised £635.50!!” Huge thanks to Amanda and her record-breaking tennis superstars –



My Story by Paul Kayes

Three things about me that you might not know…
1. I was born at a very early age.
2. I was raised as an only child, which really annoyed my sister.
3. My brother and I inherited some furniture from the local zoo. I’m glad to say I got the lion’s chair.

Good Day
Good Day

Okay the good day is a slight exaggeration 😉

I would say that the illness started fairly suddenly at the end of July 2002, although looking back there were one or two indicating signs in the two months prior. The specialist I saw Dr Ong (Tropical Medicine) at Newcastle General Hospital said that it could have started earlier i.e. up to 2 years earlier. Although he attributed the cause to the EBV he was interested in the gastro problems I’d had during the previous 2 years and several viruses. Symptoms diagnosed as acid reflux and probable cause Helicobacter Pylori found during the two endoscopes, I then had which I had the treatment to clear the HBP in 2000. Which helped, but it still took a long time to return to ‘normal’ in 2001.

End of July 2002 I felt unwell with chest pains and was rushed into the heart unit at the local hospital with a suspected heart attack, the heart was fine however during the couple of days I remained in hospital I felt really unwell (viral and weak) had x-rays and test and discharged still feeling dreadfully unwell. Later that evening I was unable to pass water or open my bowels, readmitted to the Urinary ward, tests, scans & x-ray, nothing could be found and suppositories and fluids got the bowel and waterworks working. Bloods and urine tests done, again nothing could be found and after a total 8 days and 9 ward changes I was discharged, still feeling dreadfully unwell and weak, told to go home and drink plenty of water.

 Bad Day
Bad Day

I also saw two consultants through private medical insurance, gastro and urinary, had MRI scan on the lower abdomen, results normal. Gastro consultant said the chest pains were Costochondritis, eventually suggested that the problem was depression, I did not feel depressed, but was very keen to have some reason for the illness. Prior to becoming ill I was very fit and active, working, cycling and hill running. I did make a recovery of sorts and returned to work after 11 months, 6 hours the first week and increments of 2 hours per week until the occupational doctor said to increase by 3 hours each week. At the end of my 2nd week of full time, I relapsed and have not recovered since.

2010 I was invited by Jo Best to be part of Let’s do it for ME, fundraising for Invest in ME Research, I’m passionate about supporting the best U.K. ME Charity, run by volunteers and who are making research happen. Like Jo I’d become disillusioned with the mainstream M.E. charities. So far we’ve helped to raise £623,000.00 for vital research and trials. I believe that research is the way forward for M.E. and Invest in ME are the ones making it happen.

Paul Kayes

There are lots of ways you can support our cause including raising funds for free so please have a browse around the site and share the pages.

To support our Movember / Nomenbar for M.E. Awareness, we set up a JustGiving page (a big thank you to Ryan Maycroft and Russell Logan for giving the page a great kick off) and a Facebook Event.

In UK you can donate by texting MFME77 (£1-£5 or £10) to 70070

Thanks for your support!