No need to recite all the stats on how many hours, how many games, how many aces, etc…. The Isner/Mahut match one goes down as a Match For the Ages that will never be equaled – and it should NOT be!
I agree that it was “news worthy” and got tennis onto the evening news and front pages of the sport’s sections; but was it really in the best interest of the players? I think not.
John Isner was too sore to even warm-up for his second round match today; and lost the first set 6-0 in 16 minutes! While it will be a big boost for his “celebrity” and his confidence, it could have a lasting negative effect on his physical being.
What to do? I think the balance between “Wimbledon tradition” and practicality would be to continue playing at 6-6 in the fifth set; but at some designated point (10-10, 15-15, 20-20) play a traditional tiebreaker.