Australian tennis player Samantha Stosur lost the French Open final overnight, succumbing to boredom and Italian player Francesca Schiavone.
“Obviously it’s disappointing to fall at the final hurdle,” said Stosur while borrowing metaphors from another sport.
“But I just couldn’t keep my eyes open. Clay court tennis is just that dull.”
Stosur had a dream run into the final, beating Justine Henin, Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic.
“Mentally I prepared really well for those games,” said Stosur. “I watched a lot of Parliament question time and lawn bowls, and just worked really hard on staying awake.”
“But there were some baseline rallies that just went on and on and on. By the end I just wanted to curl up with a cup of cocoa on the couch.”