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Tennis Time

Wimbledon, usually considered the top tennis tournament in the world, started on June 21 this year in England and ends on July 4. Last Thursday, John Isner from the United States beat Nicolas Mahut from France in the longest professional tennis match in history. The match lasted three days! It started on Tuesday 6:13 p.m. and ended at 9:07 p.m. due to darkness. The match continued on Wednesday at 2:04 p.m. and ended at 9:10 p.m. for darkness. On Thursday, they played from 3:43 p.m. until the match finally ended at 4:48 p.m. (Why it lasted so long: To win the final set of a match at Wimbledon, you must win at least 6 games, and be leading by at least 2 games. So when the final set's score reached 6-6, they kept playing, and playing, and playing, till there was a winner. Isner finally won the set, 70-68!) How many total hours and minutes did they play?

Bonus News Item: PHONE-TASTIC!
Speaking of three days: The iPhone 4 just set an Apple sales record for its first three days. Apple reports that 1.7 million of the phones were sold over the first three days (last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). On average, how many phones is that per hour (rounded to the nearest whole number)?