Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Riverside and San Francisco
Re: Epic 8 hours and counting Wimbledon tennis match
[quote author=Alec Trevelyan link=topic=175155.msg3706549#msg3706549 date=1277322248]
I'm surprised those guys can even stand at this point.
Actually if you play a lot of tennis, your body gets used to the repetitive lateral movements and whatnot. So on court, it doesn't take away that much energy. Just like how a basketball player can take hundreds of jump shots prior to a competitive game.
But this is of course an extreme case. Isner is just a giant fly swatter now. If the ball is within walking distance, he'll walk over and takes a crack at it. They're just going for broke now.
When I got myself into those 3hours marathon matches, it just comes down to will. In sports, after a certain point you just throw talent, strategy, power, and speed out the window. It just comes down to heart and will.
I bet the chair umpire is thinking to himself: "55 ... all? (WTF I wanna go home! Wimbledon better pay me overtime for being part of history)"