As I said last week, I’m a big tennis fan. Imagine mine and everyone else’s surprise with the marathon match played in the first week. The whole tennis world is talking about it, along with half the World is too.
It started on Monday 21st June and ended on Wednesday 23rd June 2010. No they didn’t actually play for 72 hours straight, who could? What actually happened was this.
Play started on Tuesday 22nd June 2010 around 6:15pm. At 9:07pm play was suspended due to poor light, with a score line of 6-4; 3-6; 7-6; 6-7; tied at two sets all. Next day Wednesday 23rd June 2010. Play resumed at around 2:00pm and was again suspended due to poor light at around 9:10pm with a score line of 6-4; 3-6; 7-6; 6-7; 59-59. A complete tie.
phew, I’m exhausted just writing this! Okay finally, play resumed once again on Thursday 24 June 2010 at
3:43pm with the whole world watching (including me). The match was finally completed at 4:48pm, a grueling 11 hours 5 minutes later. The final set taking a total of 8 hours 11 minutes. The final score was 6-4; 3-6; 7-6; 6-7; 68-70 to John Isner (USA).
The buzz around Wimbledon could be felt around the world and Court No.18 has never been so crowded or more popular.
It was a great three days of recognition for the game of tennis and the sport as a whole. However, my personal opinion is that the officials at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, should have been sensible, practical, and compassionate towards the winner of that match (John Isner). How they allowed him to play his second round match the very next day, is beyond me. That was just plain idiotic and heartless.
Yes, yes I know they have a schedule but come on. Look at what those two men did for the sport and the phyical hardship they had to have suffered playing for that length of time. Oh, lets not forget what a historic event it was. You would have thought someone with a head on their shoulders would have re-scheduled the second round match by at least a day. As a result. John Isner’s second round match lasted one hour 14 minutes. He was beaten by a sore line of 6-0, 6-3, 6-2. Is it any wonder? I’m surprised he could lift his arms!
What do you think, regardless of the “RULES”, should his second round match have been re-scheduled?
The Wimbledon Championships continues until Sunday 4th July 2010. If you love tennis and want to travel up to Wimbledon for a great day out. Get there early and queue for tickets.
Travel by car – you may need to park a few streets away to get parking. Then walk the rest of the way.
Travel by Tram – Tramlink from New Addington, East Croydon, West Croydon to Wimbledon.
Travel by Train – Clapham Junction, Earls Court, for other train links to Wimbledon Park or Southfieds Station. see the latest London Connections Map and Underground Services. We are in london, so best the check lines and station are running a full service.
Photographed by Whatisthefrequecykenneth, wikipedia.