there was an eight-hour tennis match today in england

kittenand some poor slobs had to Live Blog it!! as someone who tries to encourage people AWAY from live blogging, it is funny that what should have been an hour or two assignment turned oh so terribly wrong.

by wrong i mean hilarious. especially when we are talking about british journalists.

heres a very small sample of the genius that went down today in uk blogging. guardian, uk, that is:

4.45pm: It’s ace number 62 for John Isner in the Never-Ending Story of Court 18, a tournament record. But, incredibly, Mahut seems to be coming back at him. He forges his way to the first deuce of the set thanks to a backhand lob that somehow gets over the head of the American, who stands six-foot-nine in his stockinged feet. Both men, as has been established, are now dead on their feet, although the Frenchman looks the marginally less rotten (a few less worms wriggling from his eye sockets).

Naturally Isner holds on, He staggers, sightless, to the net and scrapes off a desperate drop volley for a winner. The American now leads 24-23. But inevitably we are still on serve.

“No!” screams a gang of reporters. “Nooo!” I think that they are lamenting the match, but of course they are lamenting the football. On the other side of the world, Slovenia just came close to scoring.

4.50pm: It’s over. It’s finally over. It was a long, hard match and it took its toll on the players. But finally, at long last, we have a result.

I’m actually talking about the football here. England win 1-0 against Slovenia to go through to the knock-out stage. The Isner-Mahut match is still ongoing: 24-24 in the final set. Isner’s leg has just dropped off.

if you didnt hear, the match was postponed due to darkness.

it will resume tomorrow.

One thought on “there was an eight-hour tennis match today in england

  1. <b><span style=””><span style=””><strong></strong><span style=””>8.30pm:</span><span><span style=””>&nbsp;</span></span><span><span style=””>”John!” chants the crowd. “John! John! John!” They’re either calling for Isner or calling for a bathroom break, or possibly both. I’m still not convinced they want Isner to win any more than they want Mahut to win. They just want someone to win; anyone to win. They just long to be released and to go back home. Possibly via the bathroom.</span></span></span></span></b>
    <b><span style=””>Fifth set, Isner* 66-65 Mahut</span></b><span style=””> It’s hard to tell you anything about what’s happening in this game without going over old ground. On Isner’s service games, he swats down a few serves, and the vast majority of the time Mahut doesn’t return them. On Mahut’s service games … the exact same thing happens. So far today there has been nothing to suggest this pattern will end, ever.</span>

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