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4 years ago  ::  Jun 23, 2010 - 7:09PM #1
coachbob
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Epic Wimbleton Match suspended


John Isner and Nicolas Mahut's match was suspended in the 5th set today, with the 5th set score tied at 59-59 games!!!


They played for 10 hours today.  The very thought of that is mind boggling.  Previous to this the most memorable tennis match to me was one Borg and McEnroe played in back in the early '80s.  It does not even compare.


How these guys survived is beyond me, although I'm guessing they are in somewhat better shape than I am in. 


Whether you are  a sports fan or not, this is one of the most spectacular feats of any kind in my lifetime. 

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4 years ago  ::  Jun 23, 2010 - 7:37PM #2
Wendyness
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One must admire their endurance.  I'd be dead.

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4 years ago  ::  Jun 23, 2010 - 7:47PM #3
rocketjsquirell
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That is a feat of amazing endurance.

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4 years ago  ::  Jun 24, 2010 - 12:44AM #4
TPaine
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It's a shame that one of them has to lose after such a battle.

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4 years ago  ::  Jun 24, 2010 - 7:10AM #5
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It should have been stopped earlier--it's not a secret what overworking, dehydration, and heat exhaustion can do to the human body regardless of the level of fitness of the individual. How is it the officials have no trouble making a ruling about whether or not a ball touched a monecule of border paint but are unable to perceive that 10 hours is far too long to allow a match to drag on?


I've had heat exhaustion and even sun poisoning back before there were good sun blocks on the market, so I have a slight comparison...the sun poisoning was at Disney World back in the days before they'd started Epcot. I'm pretty sure that both men were beyond thinking of anything but hitting the next ball....but the judges sure weren't thinking either.


Kudos to whoever stopped the match.

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4 years ago  ::  Jun 24, 2010 - 7:54AM #6
coachbob
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Jun 24, 2010 -- 7:10AM, karbie wrote:


It should have been stopped earlier--it's not a secret what overworking, dehydration, and heat exhaustion can do to the human body regardless of the level of fitness of the individual. How is it the officials have no trouble making a ruling about whether or not a ball touched a monecule of border paint but are unable to perceive that 10 hours is far too long to allow a match to drag on?


 


I've had heat exhaustion and even sun poisoning back before there were good sun blocks on the market, so I have a slight comparison...the sun poisoning was at Disney World back in the days before they'd started Epcot. I'm pretty sure that both men were beyond thinking of anything but hitting the next ball....but the judges sure weren't thinking either.


 


Kudos to whoever stopped the match.




Somehow I underestimated the ability of a BNet poster to find negativity in this story.  Silly me.

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4 years ago  ::  Jun 24, 2010 - 9:21AM #7
TemplarS
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Well, sure, it's a lot  healthier to sit home and watch tennis on the TV.

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4 years ago  ::  Jun 26, 2010 - 12:57PM #8
Agnosticspirit
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Outstanding achievement, thanks for sharing coachbob. 


I expect world class athletes to push the envelope... They're in constant training, in excellent physical condition, they know how to keep themselves hydrated to decrease the risk of impairment when they exert themselves so much. This is one of the reasons I like to watch the Winter Olympics. 


 

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4 years ago  ::  Jun 26, 2010 - 1:54PM #9
Ebon
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My Lord! I'd heard of wrestling matches going 10 hours (back when wrestling was a competative sport) but high-level tennis for ten hours...! You have to stand up and salute that kind of endurance.

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4 years ago  ::  Jul 03, 2010 - 1:21PM #10
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