Wimbledon

Written by on June 29, 2012 in Europe, General with 0 Comments

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What an amazing day for tennis at Wimbledon today!  Scored a ticket online in advance (thank you to Cat and Micki’s advice, and Dieter’s Ticketmaster luck), so was able to sleep in and leisurely make my way across town to arrive at Southfields, the underground tube stop for the All England Lawn & Tennis Club.  It was 78 degrees and sunny, with an occasional cloud or breeze to cool down the fans seemingly at just the right times.

Wimbledon1Love the traditions here…the players in all white against the gorgeous green grass courts that every tennis player, good or bad, has at one point in their life dreamed of playing on.  Strawberries and cream, champagne and pimm’s on order. Refillable water stations, and you can bring in your own picnic. What a concept.  I really love how they encourage people leaving for the day to leave their ticket stub at the door so they can re-sell it to fans in the queue that are either hoping to upgrade to Centre Court or Court 1 for only a few extra pounds, or for people coming after work hoping to score a cheap ticket. The proceeds from re-sales go to charity – another excellent tradition.

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I did not see Nadal lose.  I did not have a ticket to Centre Court, and after catching a set from what used to be Henman Hill and is now called Murray Mound (horrible name!), I figured he’d come back and win and instead of watching went to dinner with some friends. Sounds like a great match.  All I have to say is LET’S GO FEDERER!!! 🙂

I did see some amazing match-ups (surprisingly for only 2nd round) and am now a huge fan of Court 3, where I was pleased to learn upon arrival that my ticket was 5 rows up from the service line on the sunny side. Huge score! I watched Malisse down Simon, Ivanovic barely win in 2 (after her opponent choked and double fauted her first 3 service points in the tiebreaker to go down 6-0!) and then a tight Tsonga four-setter. It was so nice to know I had such a great seat waiting for me, which made me feel better about wandering around all the side courts where I caught parts of a dozen doubles matches (Jankovic, Radwanska, Peer, Stepanek and Paes, Raymond and Huber, the Williams sisters…and on and on…as well as the Bartoli upset. Again – awesome!

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Weather tomorrow is iffy, but I’ll be headed back out there (with umbrella and poncho) for hopefully another full day of tennis and am psyched that my friend Jill (my doubles partner from my freshman year in college) randomly happens to also be in London and will be joining me with her colleague tomorrow.  Will be doing the “No Rain” dance in my sleep tonight. Still jet-lagged (if you were wondering about the 3am posts).

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