Everybody is talking about it...
We had the London marathon we now have the Wimbledon marathon!
If you were watching the tennis yesterday then you know what I am talking about (if not then where were you????). Forget about football (well I am French so let’s not even go there!), it’s all about tennis now.
I don’t think anyone was expecting Nicolas Mahut and John Isner to make history but that’s what makes it even more special, surreal, unbelievable... (even the scoreboard couldn’t keep up!)
Nicolas is from a little French town called Beaucouze, which also happens to be where I lived for the first 20 years of my life...about 2,000 people (at the time), a church, 2 bakeries (yes we need our bread)...and 1 tennis club to keep us all occupied.
I started playing when I was about 10 (I think) and guess who started at pretty much the same time: yes Nicolas Mahut himself. It was pretty obvious that he was gifted and he soon got signed to a bigger club (and it was pretty obvious that the rest of us were not so gifted!) but it always feels very ‘weird’ to watch him play on TV.
That was about 20 years ago and since then he’s become a local celebrity and I can assure you that we were all watching the game yesterday (whilst being on the phone to share the excitement...wonder what my next phone bill is going to show...world record bill????). Beaucouze city was on fire!
What they have achieved (so far) is just out of this world: 10 hours on court (and only one loo break at 58-58...I had at least 10!), 7-hour fifth set, 193 aces (98 by Isner and 95 by Mahut), four match points...what else is there to say?
Oh I know: Simon can I have the afternoon off so I can watch TV?
Best of luck to you both guys but no secrets here I will be cheering for Nicolas...ALLEZ NICO!!!!!