Listen, I will not make out of being a huge tennis fan, although I watch enough tennis as a kid to understand the game and understand the massive win Kevin Anderson achieved in the marathon match against John Isner.
With no rugby and having a nice braai with the family I saw on social media that Kevin is in a marathon fifth set battle and switch on the phone to watch what is going on.
Before I knew it I was griped and shouting as hard for Kevin as for any rugby team.
I started watching when it was 12-12 in the fifth and could not get myself to do anything else but living each point with Kevin.
The kids and wife wanted to eat and I put on some more wood not to miss a point.
At the end Anderson got the winning point to beat Isner 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9/11), 6-4, 26-24.
In my lifetime I have not seen a match were the final set mount up to 50.
Beside the match the man is a great ambassador for our country and spoke after the match that he just want to inspire young kids back home.
With his win, Anderson became the first South African Wimbledon men’s finalist since Brian Norton in 1921 – some 97 years ago.
Anderson was asked in his post-match press conference: What does it mean to you to fly the flag for South Africa in a Wimbledon final?
He answered as follows:
It feels great. Obviously there was a whole lot that happened today in terms of the length of the match. At the end of the day, I’ve put myself into the finals of Wimbledon, which is half of a dream come true. I mean really, most people would say it’s the biggest tournament we have. It’s very special. Growing up in South Africa, we had kind of sort of limited access to available tournaments. Wimbledon was the most iconic event.
So to be here in the finals, it’s amazing. I’ve had so much support from home. As I said after my previous match, I really hope that it’s a source of inspiration for kids, just interest in tennis. South Africa does have a strong tennis history. We struggled over the last sort of decade or so. It’s not easy. It takes a lot of time.
But I hope maybe somebody sits here in 10, 15 years’ time and somebody asks him a question, and he says he watched me playing Wimbledon, that’s one of the reasons he’s here. That would definitely be great for me to hear.