John McEnroe, former professional tennis player turned NBC commentator, defended Nadal, saying that he was not the sort of player to pull such a low and unworthy stunt, but that there were "hundreds" of tennis players who might do so.
So I stand corrected: soccer is apparently not the only sport in which players pull mean and unsporting stunts. Apparently it also happens in tennis, which ironically has something of a reputation for being more "civilized". My apologies.
I wish I knew more about tennis so I could comment intelligently about the 11-hour match that took place over the course of three days last week between John Isner of the US and Nicolas Mahut of France. Unfortunately, about the most intelligent thing I can say about it is that if they ever make a movie of it, they should get Jake Gyllenhaal to play Isner. What an incredible story, though. My hat is off to both of them for their determination and stamina.
My hat is off to Venus Williams as well: she, like me, just turned 30; she's been competing professionally for 16 years and is still going strong. She started competing professionally at the age of 14. What was I doing when I was 14? I guess I was in two plays that summer (overlapping), so that was kind of impressive. Because of the weirdness of South Dakota laws, I got my learner's permit and learned to drive when I was 14, which is comparatively unusual. I can't remember any more if it was that year or the year before that I got into junior honor choir; I think it was that year. So I suppose I did do some remarkable things when I was 14, and in any case it's probably not fair to compare myself to Venus Williams.