Monday 22 June 2009

The Toughest Game

It's the time of year when the BBC sets about whipping up Wimbledon fever. In the latest overexcited trailer, a portentous voice (John McEnroe's?) informs us that 'the toughest game of all is against yourself'. Well of course it is - if you've ever tried it you don't need telling. Lob the ball up, jump the net, dash to the far end, whack it back before it bounces twice, jump the net again, race it to the line, whack it up... Tough? I'll say - but does Wimbledon do solo tennis?
It reminds me of a running gag on a sketch show (The Fast Show?) where a couple would be having a quiet drink, and a desperate lonely old man would try to engage them in conversation by finding out what their occupation was. Whatever it turned out to be, he would claim to have done it himself. 'Yeah I was in the ballet game meself. Years I was in the ballet game.' Pause, suck in breath through missing teeth, shake head. ''Ardest game in the world, the ballet game.'


  1. Heh heh, yes that was indeed The Fast Show (an underrated comedic gem).

    There's a Monty Python sketch where blancmange aliens turn everyone into Scotsmen so they can win Wimbledon because Scots are the worst tennis players in the world....Come on Murray!

  2. the thing I hate is those interviews in front of the crowd at the end - I've never quite understood the questions:

    "So, talk us through your tactics today"

    -"er...I tried to beat him?"


    " How does it feel to win wimbledon?"

    "-er..rubbish. I actually came here to lose and won by accident, and now I feel a bit angry."

  3. Wimbledon is quite hard. Just for a couple of weeks, one has a glimpse of what the world would be like if it was run by a certain kind of OAP, a cruel and despotic master race of blazer-drones which is hiding among us at this very moment!

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