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Jun
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Warriors of Wimbeldon


By Ben Linton

Two men, one stage. Three occasions, a total of 11 hours and five minutes. History at Wimbledon. John Isner and Nicolas Mahut both gave the world something to cheer for and keep their eyes glued to the TV when they competed in this Wimbledon marathon. The match went to a fifth set, which was finally decided at 70-68. It took a total of 8 hours and 11 minutes to complete the final set, in which Isner finally prevailed in the longest match in Tennis history.

The match shattered almost every tennis record and will probably be marks that will never be reached again. The final set alone lasted longer that the previous longest match that was 6 hours 33 minutes. Isner served 112 aces, while Mahut dished out 103.

I hope some of you watched this event occur, because you will never see anything like this again. Both of these gentleman showed great poise, persistence, and determination in this match that had never been seen before. The two could very well have called it quits after being too tired, too sore, or if it were too dark; even if they had to use the bathroom (which they did stop play to do at one point.) But instead these warriors decided to play it out until the end, and for this they are both champions. Isner will get all the credit for prevailing at the end, but Mahut showed a lot of courage and was very clutch, remember that every time he served, he was down one game. He also stopped many match points and held serve numerous times.

This performance should not go ignored. When your body breaks down and you have nothing left in the tank, the only thing left is your technique and fundamentals. This is when you have to forget about playing and just go through your routine and try not to do anything out of your comfort zone. Make the plays you know you are capable of making. Although at times it seemed Isner was giving up on some of Mahut’s serves, it was simply because he knew he could not make the play so he was saving his energy for a more important moment. While I marvel at Mahut’s lunges and leaps across court to make plays, it may have been his demise in the end. From watching this match it was just like these guys were energizer bunnies, they kept on going and going. Whenever a new game started, I would think to myself “Okay, this is the one where one of them emerges and pulls through.” And finally at 69-68, someone did.

Although I have only been a sports fan for 18 years, this may have been the most remarkable event I have ever seen. And i don’t know if that will change. I wasn’t really the biggest tennis fan, but i have a new found respect and admiration for the game and its players after watching this great spectacle. Congradulations to Isner, Mahut, and Wimbledon, this is your shining moment.


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