The ball is tossed skyward.
The tennis racket sweeps forward at speed.
The ball is struck.
But what happens next? Is it an ace, a fault, a whiff or something in between?
Following the Davis Cup event at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, that same question is worth asking about Beaverton.
With the city hosting one of the highest-profile events in professional tennis for the first time, how did it go? Ace, fault, whiff or tweener?
According to all the parties that brought the event — officially known as the World Group Quarterfinal — to Beaverton, the result was the planning-and-execution equivalent of a 135-mph John Isner ace.
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