John Isner and Nicolas Mahut shortly resume their incredible 1st Round Wimbledon match
, one that has so far lasted 10 hours and with the 5th set tied at 59-59. Both players, but the 6 ft 9 inch Isner particularly looked absolutely dead on their feet as the match was abandoned due to the impending night.
The 5th set alone has lasted more than 7 hours and you my admiration for professional tennis players increased a few more notches yesterday. Interestingly only at Wimbledon, Roland Garros and in Melbourne is there no tie-break in the final set. In America, where the TV companies and spectators lust for a winner they abandoned the idea a long time ago.
John McEnroe asked for the game, which is now on it's 3rd day, to resume on Centre Court this afternoon in front of The Queen and for both players that would be a fitting tribute to these two gladiators whose names will long live in the record books.
Meanwhile in Port Elizabeth England did what they had to do and beat Slovenia
to qualify for the 2nd Round. We all breathed a huge sigh of relief but was anyone else slightly embarrassed that we were taking the ball into the corner with ten minutes left against the smallest nation at the competition?
Nonetheless after five days of so many negatives, the team came together with the supporters at the end and we move onto our old foes the Germans on Sunday with the winners probably exposed to Maradona's Argentinians in the Quarter's. I am finding this group of players hard to love, perhaps Gerrard the exception, but they could take a leaf out of John Isner and Nicolas Mahut's book and play truly like their lives depended on it and come home heroes.