Thursday, June 24, 2010

In it for the Long Haul...aka Tennis Anyone?

 Missy, here. Are any of you out there tennis players? If not, did you happen to watch or hear about the record-setting Wimbledon match on Wednesday (that's STILL not over!!)?

Well, my son had it on when I got home yesterday, and it sucked me right in. Former University of Georgia player, John Isner, is playing Nicholas Mahut of France in a record-shattering match. These guys played, and played...and played. The match started on Tuesday and had to be suspended for darkness. So Wednesday, they started the 5th set at 2 pm. And it was once again suspended for darkness a little after 9 pm!! The scoreboard looks ridiculous. The score (so far) of the 5th set:  59-59! And that's games in case you think you're not reading right. :)

Set:       1  2  3  4  5
Mahut:  4  6  7  6  59
Isner:    6  3  6  7  59

It was amazing to watch these guys in a match that, so far, has gone on for a record setting 10 hours (7 hours and six minutes in the 5th set alone). And we were also floored by another record they broke. Isner has 98 aces! And Mahut has 95. So far...

It was also fun to see the sportsmanship. Once near the end of the day when Mahut went all out and dove for a ball, slinging his racquet to try to get to it, Isner smiled and applauded him. Plus, when they had to finally take a bathroom break, the two of them walked off talking.

I think there's a lesson in here somewhere about persistence in our writing. About being in it for the long haul. Although we sure wouldn't want to set any records for the longest time writing before a sale :), I'd like to think we'd stick with it no matter what.

These guys were amazing on Wednesday, and I can't wait to hear how it comes out on Thursday. I just hope they start the match earlier! :)

So, what about you? Where are you on your journey? Are you in it for the long haul? I know I am!! I'm waving my hand madly saying I won't give up. :)

Are you ready to keep plugging away through rejections, through bad reviews or contest scores, through tough critiques?

Isner and Mahut didn't give up, even though their bodies were slowing down and they must have been about to drop. Even though their minds had to be exhausted.

Surely we can do the same!


  1. Great comparison between the persistency these guys have and what we need!

  2. Good morning, Edwina! You were up early as usual. :)

  3. Spoiler alert for the match...

    keep scrolling if you want to know...

    Isner just won!!! Woo hoo!

    Missy :)

  4. This was incredible. Whenever I see Mahut in a match I will root for him. I'm glad Isner won but I'm sure it was heartbreaking for Mahut to put so much effort and come up the loser. Well, the loser in the match but definitely not the loser in sportsmanship. He was so gracious in his remarks afterwards.

  5. Yeah, Kim, I felt so awful for poor Mahut. And then to be such a good sport to stay for the award and have his picture made by the scoreboard. Poor guy. I'll root for him, too.

  6. What a match! How very tiring but inspiring. Staying positive and keeping up good sportsmanship is an important lesson for everyone. Thanks for sharing that.

  7. Thanks for stopping by, Eva Maria. Yes, it's been an exciting story--especially since Isner went to college near me and my son has a friend on the UGA tennis team. :)

  8. Yes, I'm trying to persevere through an accident my husband had, some bad news we received regarding my father-in-law, and pure fatigue.