Sunday, January 20, 2008

Amazing Tennis at the Australian Open

So I have a weakness for giving up sleep to watch great tennis matches. It's the worse during the Australian Open, as there is a 16 hour time difference between Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5) and Eastern (Australia) Daylight Time (UTC +11).

Last night, I was up until 5:15 am (EST) watching the Roger Federer/Janko Tipsaveric 3rd round men's singles match. By now, most people know the result (Federer won in an epic five set match, 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/1) 5-7 6-1 10-8). Amazingly enough, this was suppose to be the last match of the 'day' session, with two more matches to follow in the 'night' session.

When I woke up to get ready to go to work at 10:00 am (EST), there was still tennis going on. Turns out the first match, a women's single match between Venus Williams and Sania Mirza, went the full three sets, and the nightcap between Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis was only in the 3rd set.

When all was said and done, play finally ended at about 4:30 am (Melbourne local time). Here I am thinking that the 1:30 am end to one of the US Open matches that I attended last September was late. I guess that thought goes out the window.

Now the challenge is to get my sleep cycle back on track for work on Monday... woohoo!

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