This story by wil6ka was published on the Lomography website on January, 2009.

This Summer a long time dream of me came true – at least superficially;) I was always a tennis-crack in my teenage years, spent more time on the court than anywhere else. Back in the days I worshiped Boris Becker and imagined being a pro and playing in Wimbledon. Well, the story turned otherwise – but I played last Tuesday for the first time in six years, afterward my ass was aching – but this is another story.

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Anyways, I was in London this Summer and totally accidentally the Wimbledon Tournament was happening at the same time. So decision was easily made to go there. The thing was, during the day I had to work and I could only show up with friends in the early evening. And once we got there by tube we found out, that is a quite a challenge to get in. A queue of maybe 10 km was exposing itself (and I am not exaggerating). I heard about the passion of the english lining up in queues, but this was too much. But what can you do? we lined up and we gut a brochure, how the rules of lining up are…Isn’t that amazing?

The were selling merch with the message “I was queuing up in Wimbledon” and strawberries with whip-cream. After two hours we made it inside and smelled the air of history. Unluckily most of the stars had packed their stuff and enjoyed their “Feierabend” in their whirlpools. But I was there: I queued up for Wimbledon.

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More pics on the Lomography website.

Via Nike Tennis facebook page: Some marathons are run, others are fought. Congratulations John Isner.

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Congrats to John Isner and Nicolas Mahut, two true champions. I hope some french football players watched some bits of this match, it should inspire them.

Lotto-endorsed tennis players Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, Indian and Pakistani respectively, have decided to join forces as a doubles team at Wimbledon to help promote peace.

Stop war, start tennis

The two players, along with Peace and Sport, the Monaco-based and neutral international organisation that works towards bringing together divided communities worldwide by encouraging dialogue and reconciliation through sport, have decided to team up at the prestigious sporting event in order to help maintain and promote peace in their neighbouring countries.

Together with their technical supplier, Lotto Sport Italia, Bopanna and Qureshi have decided to promote this initiative by designing specially made t-shirts and sweatshirts bearing the slogan: ‘Stop War! Start Tennis!’ The t-shirt will be worn during training sessions, whilst the sweatshirt will be used when entering the court before play.

Rohan, currently ranked 54th doubles player in the world, and Aisam, 46th, have been friends for over ten years and have teamed up successfully for the last three years. Their respective countries have lived in a situation of unease and tension over the region of Kashmir since independence from the British Empire in 1947. Peace and Sport aims to emphasise how much sport unites, as highlighted by the two players’ partnership.

The two tennis stars took the initiative to promote peace through sport after having noticed that communities from both countries forget hostility when they support them in international competitions. Indeed, during the first ATP tournament in Mumbai in 2007, Pakistani flags were waved inside the stadium during the final.

59-59 in the fifth. No it’s not a typo, it’s not a joke. Their match will enter a third day tomorrow. They have already played 10 hours! It’s completely crazy.

Records set by John Isner vs. Nicolas Mahut game thus far:
– Longest Playing Time At 9 Hours 58 Minutes (through 2 days)
– Number Of Points Played At 877
– Total Of Aces At 193 (Isner with 98, Mahut with 95)

Mahut: “Everyone wants to see the end, but we’ll be back tomorrow”.

Isner: “Nothing like this will ever happen again, ever”.

Andy Roddick, Mahesh Bhupathi, Laura Robson tweet about this game:

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Mahesh Bhupathi tweet about Isner-Mahut match

Laura Robson tweets about Isner-Mahut match

Update: Isner has just won 70-68 after 11 hours and 5 minutes of play!

Match of the day: Federer defeats Falla 5-7 4-6 6-4 7-6 6-0 in 3hrs 18min
It could have been Falla’s biggest win of his career, instead it will remain his cruelest defeat ever. World number 60, Alejandro Fallo never reached an ATP final, his best result in a Grand Slam is a third round at this year’s Australian Open, however he was just a couple points away to cause the biggest upest in tennis history: he lead Federer by 2 sets to love with 4 break points at 4-4 in the third, and served for the match at 5-4 in the fourth. But suddenly he woke up, realized what he was up to and choked.
A really disappointing performance by Federer who never looked like the 16th Grand Slam champion he is.

Did you watch Federer’s match? What do you think of his poor start? Is he still the favorite for the title? Please vote.

There was much less drama for last year’s runner-up Andy Roddick and for come-back queens Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin who qualified easily in straight sets.

Seeds upsets: Francesca Schiavone, Ivan Ljubicic, Marin Cilic

Tomorrow on Centre court:
Serena Williams vs Michelle Larcher de Brito
Kei Nishikori vs Rafael Nadal
Robin Soderling vs Robby Ginepri