adidas welcomed some members of the Tennis GB team at the adidas London 2012 media lounge for a Q + A sessions with Tim Henman.

Laura Robson, Jamie Murray, Andy Murray, Ross Hutchins, Colin Fleming and Tim Henman:

Team GB tennis

Jamie and Andy Murray:

Team GB tennis

Smiling (?) Murray:

Team GB tennis

Great Britain Olympic tennis team: Elena Baltacha, Colin Fleming, Ross Hutchins, Anne Keothavong, Andy Murray, Jamie Murray, Laura Robson, Heather Watson

Via adidas

Want to be a VIP at the French Open? You could be watching the greats battle it out on Court Phillipe Chatrier with a friend, courtesy of adidas.

The Prize Winner will win a pair of VIP tickets to attend the 2012 French Open on Thursday 31 May 2012 and Friday 1 June 2012. The tickets will include access to the Philippe Chatrier Court hospitality area.
The 5 Runners Up will each receive one pair of adidas adipower Barricade footwear.

The Competition is open to all UK residents aged 16 and above.

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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:

Andy Roddick tweets about Isner-Mahut match

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!

With its Davis Cup team embarassing defeat against Lithuania in March, british tennis has reached a new low.
This loss – which costed captain John Lloyd his job – was Britain’s fifth in a row and they have now to face … Turkey(!) to avoid dropping into the lowest tier of the competition.

This Davis Cup disaster reflects how bad Britain is at tennis:

– Murray’s defeat at this year’s Oz Open final prolonged British Slam drought. Right after his semifinal win against Tsonga, Federer had joked that Britain had been searching for a male Grand Slam champion for about 150,000 years.
In fact it’s “only” 74 years: Fred Perry was the last to win a Slam in 1936 (he won Wimbledon and US Open that year).

Murray is actually the only british player in the top 100 (France and Spain have each 12 players in the top 100). But like Henman and Rusedski, he is not a product of british tennis structure, as he spent many years at the Sanchez-Casal academy in Spain.
Alex Bogdanovic, the second best ranked (number 166 as of June, 10 2010) could be seen as the poster child of british tennis failure: the 26 yr old has received a Wimbledon wild card eight years in a row, losing in the first round everytime.

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