When Jonny Marray asked his Danish doubles partner, Freddie Nielsen, if he fancied teaming up for just their fourth tournament on the final day for wild card applications, he cannot have imagined it ending here with a cup above his head.
Andy Murray admitted the subconscious effect of the "pressure and stress" that weighs on him at Wimbledon every year had left him "very emotional" as he became the first British man to reach the singles final for 74 years.
The first week of the Tour has been mad but it is always like that. You tend to forget how it is because it is really like this only at the Tour.
So this is it.
Sky, having been told by Dave Brailsford to "stop dithering", were more prominent at the end of the flattest stage of the Tour than they had been in any of the preceding days but in an ironic twist Mark Cavendish failed to benefit, losing a Champs Elysées sprint for the first time in his career.
Just over five years ago Roger Federer, shortly after winning his fifth straight Wimbledon title, let slip his thoughts about Novak Djokovic, at that time the new kid on the block.
For someone who numbers the Invisible Man among his favourite superheroes, Andy Murray will be hard to miss.
Andy Murray has a friend in Tim Henman, linked as they are by a common burden not entirely of their own making, and their conversation in a quiet corner of the All England Club before the Scot plays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Wimbledon semi-finals on Friday could help him rewrite a chapter of tennis history.
After Bradley Wiggins flirted with disaster on Tuesday, on Wednesday it was Mark Cavendish's turn to see his Tour and Olympic ambitions flashing past in front of him as the front part of the Tour's peloton hit the deck.
When Usain Bolt crossed the line 0.01 seconds ahead of his twice-banned American rival Justin Gatlin to retain his world 100m title, it wasn’t just yet another victory over the doubters.
Usually the last thing any heptathlete feels like doing at the end of an 800m, when their lungs and limbs are waving a white flag, is muster a smile.
Danny Cipriani is still clinging to his faint dream of World Cup selection as England prepare to finalise their 31-man squad for the tournament this week.