Forget the World Cup, friends. The real excitement this summer is Grand Slam tennis! I love the thrill of a close match, a fast serve, a winning volley. I even love tuning in to see what Venus Williams will be wearing next (for the record, I love her Tina Turner-inspired Wimbledon dress).
In fact, I started this post several hours ago, but couldn’t finish it because I was glued to the TV watching the EPIC match between American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut. The match is currently in the 5th set with a record 59 games apiece! If that isn’t exciting I don’t know what is. Both men have exhibited top-notch physical fitness, playing for over seven hours with just one bathroom break. Better yet, both athletes have been excellent sportsmen throughout the match–no cursing, throwing racquets, yelling at line judges. In fact, the only time Isner seemed peeved was when Mahut asked to stop play due to darkness. I can understand his frustration–I wouldn’t want to play the same match for a third day in a row, either! At the same time, I think Mahut’s request to suspend play was completely reasonable.
At this point, I can’t decide who to root for! Both have played so well, it will be a little sad to see the match come to an end. I really wish they could both advance to the next round.
I hope these two players will inspire more kids and adults to play tennis. I, for one, can’t wait for my lesson tonight!
Which athletes inspire you?