It is probably safe to say that there was very little that was pleasant about watching the Henman v Federer match yesterday for a Henman fan. There was even less that was pleasant when I wasn't so much watching it as waiting for the BBC website to update its game by game almost-blog. Because - much to my chagrin but entirely due to my own ineptitude - I have found myself working during Wimbledon. For similar reasons (ie. down right ineptitude) I almost found myself working when I had a prior date with Undressing Mr Darcy last week, and did find myself working when England played Sweden. Which involved me seeing half of the match while my Duty Manager cheered for Sweden. Equally I'm working on Saturday afternoon and have managed to agree to go for drinks with D (who doesn't like football) afterwards (in honour of it being the last proper day of the WYP season). So bye bye En-ger-land v Portugal for me. Which might be just as well as I almost had to breathe into a paperbag in the last match.
But back to Henman. Not pleasant. But not terrible either. Because it wasn't knife-edge five set stuff. It was clear he was on his way out from the beginning of the second set. Not that I knew this as I left the office when Federer was 4-3 with a break up and arrived home (spending the journey trying to re-tune the car radio into Five Live. It refused and provided me with every local station from Century in Newcastle down to BBC Radio Sheffield instead) to discover that it was 5-0 in the second set. Game, set and not quite match.
But the point of this - other than to wallow - is to comment on the BBC almost-blog guy's commentary. Because - even when Tim was losing - it made me chuckle. My favourite quote? Possibly "Heman has a large posse in the VIP section - though perhaps the word "posse" has never been so inappropriate". Or possibly in reaction to a winning shot the knowledge that some "middle aged women celebrated by taking long distance photos with small pocket cameras". Look, it made me chuckle. And if you knew the Henman "posse" you'd chuckle too.