“Hey, this isn’t the highlights. It’s live!”

If you’re a tennis fan living in the Europes, Africas or Americas and found yourself wondering with a little astonishment why your local sports channel isn’t dishing up a highlights reel of Australian Open Day 6, but showing a live game instead, you’re not alone.

When Roger Federer defeated Janko Tipsarevic after a marathon five setter in four-and-a-half hours, I sunk into the couch, eagerly anticipating the Lleyton Hewitt vs Marcos Baghdatis. It was 10pm AEST and I was eager to see the two crowd favourites.

I was a little surprised to see Venus Williams and Sania Mirza come on court instead, and I began to wonder to myself if the match up was going to be a ‘night’ match. Could start off on Sunday morning for all you know! When the women walked off the courts, I glanced at the clock. It was close to midnight and amazingly, Rod Laver Arena was still packed to her rafters.

Lo and behold, at 11.50pm, the game commenced. Somewhere in the third set at around 2am, I fell asleep.

I woke up this morning to check on the winner, and gasped to myself at the time of the winning point – 4.30am. Gosh! I’ve never seen a game gone on till that ungodly time of day. I’m even more surprised at the incredible amount of support the players had up till that time. Don’t people have things to do on Sunday morning? Sleeping in till 1pm in the arvo sure doesn’t count as a ‘productive’ weekend!

How about you? How late would you stay up till and watch a live tennis game?

1 Comment so far

  1. Neil (unregistered) on January 20th, 2008 @ 4:43 pm

    Yep, I just woke up, 4PM. Got to love the weekends. The crowd was enthusiastic and cheering all the way to the end. Forget soccer, footy, or any other sport. 4:45 minutes, starting at midnight, non stop sprinting, this sport truely tests the fitness of an athlete.

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