A master of understatement, former UGA tennis great John Isner summed up how he felt after his marathon match against France’s Nicolas Mahut by saying with a grin that he was “a little bit tired.”
After playing the record-breaking match lasting 11 hours and 5 minutes, it’s a wonder either of them could even stand, much less endure the award presentation and stilted interviews the All England Club put them through at the end. Isner graciously praised his opponent as “an absolute warrior,” and Mahut said “John deserved to win. … He is a champion.”
And then, as if they hadn’t been through enough, they were dragged down to the scoreboard to pose for pictures! Wimbledon was really milking this one.
This wasn’t pretty tennis. It was grind-’em-out, back and forth. But in the end Isner won it with a couple of fine shots.
The overwhelming impression, though, was of the two players’ determination. Isner truly lived up to his Bulldog heritage.
You know Manny Diaz and Dan Magill must be wearing the biggest smiles imaginable.
Congratulations, John. Woof woof!
UPDATE: It was great seeing Isner sporting that red vintage Georgia Bulldog T-shirt in his post-match TV appearances!
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