My day at Wimbledon’s Centre Court!


Tennis at Wimbledon

Hiya, I hope you're well.

We've had a real mix of weather this week haven't we? Monday was beyond hot and then Tuesday it was thunder and lightning galore!

Well as you can see I was lucky enough to go to Wimbledon during week one of the tournament. I mentioned in my last blog I was due to watch on court number one, in fact it was centre court !

Just as well really as there was some afternoon rain and the roof went over – much to the delight of my son! If you ever get the chance to go, you'll have a brilliant day out. We mingled around the outside courts before the matches began at one o'clock.

We had a play on the Nintendo Wii tennis there and a game which tests your reaction time. My son was really pleased as he achieved the highest score of the day so far! Of course we tucked into strawberries and cream! The packed lunch I'd taken barely filled a gap so we ended up buying hot dogs and pizzas as well.

I love tennis and play as often as I can. I got the bug when I was around 12 years of age. My gran bought me a Slazenger racket for my birthday. In fact I still have the racket, but at some point it had a bash and the shape is slightly asymmetrical now! Dad took me to the local 'pay as you play' courts and from then on I was hooked.

On one occasion (I don't endorse this by the way, especially now that I'm a dad!) I sneaked out of a school lesson with a friend to play tennis on the school courts! How we weren't noticed, is beyond me. We didn't really think the plan through!

A real highlight of the day was watching Federer play. Rated by many as the greatest tennis player, ever, his tennis is like poetry, so fluid and simply breathtaking to watch. Like many great sports people, he makes it look so easy! If only it was. But then if it were easy, where would the competition be?!

Have a great weekend and I'll see you soon!

Charlie x

1 Comment

  1. Louise July 1, 2011 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie
    I absolutely love tennis, playing and watching and have been to Wimbledon several times, seen Chrissie Evert – the best, most complete player who ever played the game – in the Wightman cup and at Brighton. I can relate to your tale about school and tennis; can I just assure you that I was a real bookworm and loved school and studying, but my love of, and obsession with, the game of tennis won through and my friend and myself used to miss R.E. to go and play tennis at the local park once a week.
    I wasn’t too surprised Serena was beaten; to be out of the game for 49 weeks, it is a bit of an ask to come back and win it. I did think Venus had an excellent chance but her game that day was so lacklustre. Sharapova is a cert for ladies champion on Saturday. What the fans and the championships, along with the WTA don’t need is a one hit wonder for champion and I fear that if Kvitova beats Sharapova, that’s what we’ll get, no disrespect intended.
    Bye for now.

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