Donnerstag, Juni 24, 2010


Das ist der aktuelle Stand des fünften Satzes im Tennisspiel zwischen John Isner und Nicolas Mahut das z.Zt. in Wimbledon abgeht.
Das Spiel begann bereits Dienstag am späten Nachmittag, wurde aber nach 2 Sätzen wegen einsetzender Dunkelheit abgebrochen und gestern fortgesetzt.
Bis es wieder dunkel wurde...
Und sie sind immer noch nicht durch, heute gehts weiter...
Das Spiel an sich sprüht wohl nicht grade vor begeisternder Qualität, ganz anders aber der Live-Blog des Guardian. Der lohnt sich wirklich mal zu lesen, auf der schmalen Grenze zwischen Genie und Wahnsinn faselt sich der Blogger Stunde um Stunde durch das Match :)

Am Anfang Matches am zweiten Tage noch leichtmütige Vergleiche:
"4.05pm: The Isner-Mahut battle is [...] tennis's equivalent of Waiting For Godot. Isner and Mahut are dying a thousand deaths out there on Court 18 and yet nobody cares, because they're watching the football. "

Eine düstere Zukunft zeichnet sich ab:
"On and on they go. Soon they will sprout beards and their hair will grow down their backs, and their tennis whites will yellow and then rot off their bodies. [...]Finally, I suppose, one of them will die."

40 Minuten später setzt leichte Erschöpfung ein:
"4.45pm: Both men, as has been established, are now dead on their feet, although the Frenchman looks the marginally less rotten (a few less worms wriggling from his eye sockets)."

Kurze Hoffnung:
"4.50pm: It's over. It's finally over. It was a long, hard match and it took its toll on the players. But finally, at long last, we have a result.
I'm actually talking about the football here. England win 1-0 against Slovenia to go through to the knock-out stage. The Isner-Mahut match is still ongoing: 24-24 in the final set. Isner's leg has just dropped off."

Die Vorahnungen werden bedrohlicher:
"5.05pm: Under the feet of John Isner and Nicolas Mahut, the grass is growing. Before long they will be playing in a jungle and when they sit down at the change of ends, a crocodile will come to menace them."

Leichter Wahnsinn trübt bereits das Gesehene:
"6pm: The score stands at 34-34. In order to stay upright and keep their strength, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut have now started eating members of the audience. They trudge back to the baseline, gnawing on thigh-bones and sucking intestines. They have decided that they will stay on Court 18 until every spectator is eaten. Only then, they say, will they consider ending their contest."

Verzweiflung kocht hoch um halb acht:
"7.30pm: Let it end, let it end, it's 46-all. It was funny when it was 16-all and it was creepy when it was 26-all. But this is pure purgatory and there is still no end in sight. John Isner has just struck his 90th ace."

Rettungspläne werden geschmiedet:
"7.45pm: What happens if we steal their rackets?"

Auch das restliche Publikum dreht langsam durch:
"8.05pm: In the stands, a woman is laughing. She laughs long and hard and her laugh is the sort of ghastly yodel you normally hear in antique horror movies about Victorian insane asylums. "Wa-la-ha-la-wah," she goes. "Wa-la-ha-la-ha-la!" Will nobody drag her out? Call in the goons in white coats. Get this woman to a lobotomy!"

Es wird gefährlich:
"8.40pm: It's 56 games all and darkness is falling. This, needless to say, is not a good development, because everybody knows that zombies like the dark.[...]Has Roger Federer left the grounds? Perhaps they will munch on him, hounding him down as he runs for his car, disembowelling him in the parking lot and leaving Wimbledon without its reigning champion. Maybe they will even eat the trophy too."

Kurze Reflektion bei Spielabbruch:
"9.25pm: Last thoughts before I ring me a hearse. That was beyond tennis. I think it was even beyond survival, because there is a strong suggestion (soon to be confirmed by doctors) that John Isner actually expired at about the 20-20 mark, and Mahut went soon afterwards, and the remainder of the match was contested by Undead Zombies who ate the spectators during the change of ends (again, this is pending a police investigation). "

Mal sehen wies heute weiter geht :D

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