We watched some of this unfold after the England football match, and I spent most of the time thinking that one or both of them must surely collapse from exhaustion. How they managed to stay on their feet I'll never know, let alone play amazing tennis as well.
"40-40 came and went. Court-side, admiration turned to laughter turned to disbelief. Men who had sat down clean shaven scratched their straggly beards. Ball-boys became ball-men." from click here The whole report is quite humorous.
With BBC1 showing the England game, and BBC2 at Wimbledon, it would be a fair assumption that anyone watching BBC2 would not be very interested in football (though the converse might not necessarily be true).
So why did the BBC feel it necessary to interrupt the tennis to show part, albeit a very small part, of the football
There was some talk last night of moving it to a show court, but the genral feeling was that it should remain on court 18 for the atmosphere. A certain Mr McEnroe felt that there should be proecdure in place to stop this happening and he also said it was possible that Isner in particular may not be fit to resume this morning. Personally I did not find the actual tennis that entertaining, one big serve after another can become a bit wearisome, both for the player and viewer. But what the heck, it beats football any day of the week.
Yes there are toilet breaks, but an official has to accompany the player to ensure that he receives no coaching while off court. As for meal breaks, never been necessary before.
What i found remarkable was Nicolas Mahut looked the fittest of the two and asked for the game to be stopped, But John Isner looked dead on his feet and wanted the game to go on,I am not a big tennis fan but this (and Andy Murray) has put some of the boring world cup games in check.