We went to Wimbledon… and didn’t see any tennis!


Pipa at Wimbledon My husband and I decided last week (rather last minute) to go to Wimbledon and see what we could see. We lived there when we were first married and yet it’s taken until now to go and actually see the tennis – terrible! Our son had his school year special assembly on the Wednesday afternoon so we took off after that.

Murray was playing his quarter final, so we thought it would be a great day to go and soak up some of the atmosphere. We weren’t fussy about seats as such, we just wanted to go, seeing as it was quite a last minute thang!

Pipa on Henman Hill Anyway, we arrived and the grounds were full to capacity, which meant that the queue didn’t move (we were handed queue cards whilst waiting with the 'queue code of conduct' just in case!)… until Murray had finished! 

We finally walked into the Wimbledon grounds at 7.03pm, by which point we were ravenous having arrived just under three hours previously. So we grabbed some noodles and a drink and took off for Henman Hill.

It was probably about 7.30pm when we sat down and my husband dashed off to the ticket re-sale booth and managed to grab us tickets for Court No.1 where Hingis and Davenport were playing ladies doubles by invitation.

Pipa by Centre Court So, we gathered our belongings, made our way to the court, but noticed that the kiosks were closing and I really wanted to get some souvenirs for the children. So we quickly went to the shop to get a few balls and bits and then went to find our seats. 

As we arrived on Court No.1 we heard a massive cheer… 'yay!' we thought, 'things are hotting up!'and then the crowds began to pour out! The match had come to an end! 

Indeed it has to be said – we went to Wimbledon and didn’t see any tennis! The moral of the story? Next year book tickets!

Pipa x
(PS, you may notice my rather fab bag? It's very trendy, from LA and is called The Sak. It'll be on QVC for the first time on Thursday at 5pm! So make sure you look out for it!)


  1. Clare Harding July 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm -  Reply

    Several years ago I was lucky enough to get centre court tickets in the ballot (quite expensive)and it rained and rained until about 3.00 when they announced that there would be no play that day. Lucky people this year with the roof shut. We did not see a player or a ball played.

  2. Susan July 6, 2011 at 7:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa, sorry to hear that you did not see any tennis on your trip to Wimbledon. You must try again next year, but as you say, best to try and have booked tickets. I adore Wimbledon fortnight and get withdrawal symptoms when it is all over. I came to London to train to teach in 1969 and the main reason for the establishment I chose to apply to was the very close proximity to Wimbledon as I was desperate to go and watch live tennis there as I had watched it on tv at home from being 11 years old. I did go to Wimbledon many times from then on over the years and, as I am now newly retired, I am hoping to apply for tickets for next year as camping out is not for me now – been there, done that, got the tennis racquet I think on that one!!!!
    Love the look of your bag and the show sounds interesting and worth tuning in for. Any further news please from what you replied to me on your blog about the grey lace dress which I wrote on your blog about when you were presenting Lola Rose last month? Very grateful for any info on this item. I keep typing in grey lace dress in the search box on QVC, but it hasn’t brought up details of the dress you were wearing. I even tried Pipa’s grey lace dress, but no success!!!! Hope you camping holiday is good and that the weather is kind to you and the family. Thanks again, Sue

  3. Marian Bolton July 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa.
    i enjoyed your interview with Ali Young. she is sooooooo right about the Ultrasun face for every day you know. i was intrigued by what you said about Revitalash. I have been dying to give it a go but have been put off by the reviews as quite a few people seemed to have had a reaction to it. Any advice appreciated. x

  4. Evelyn sinclair July 6, 2011 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    This is totally unrelated to your story above about the tennis but i was watching Four Weddings on the tv today and I am positive I saw you dancing at the reception of a Gibson wedding that took place in Oswaldwistle Church. Were you there? Not sure when the wedding took place as this could have been a repeat. ps. your hair was blonde at the time!!

  5. Lorraine July 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa, Watching you on Artscape on Friday afternoon and loved your bracelets and silver heart necklace – are they QVC? I noticed one bracelet had a M and O which are the childrens initials (how lovely). Hope the family are well. Take care
    Lorraine x

  6. Pipa July 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi ladies – Sue, it’s a Tiana B dress coming up in September time – it will be a TSV so keep your eyes open!!! Evelyn, I’ve not been to Oswaldwistle so I’m guessing not me – although recently “I’ve” been spotted at other events ….and even papped! ….I have a doppleganger out there!
    Marian, it was quite awkward – I use Decleor spf 15 on my face which is just perfect! As for Revitalash, it KILLS if you get it in your eye so you need to be careful, but I’ve had no negative reaction and actually have quite sensitive eyes so personally heartily recommend – I’m on air with it on Sunday at midday if you want to tune in again xx

  7. Susan July 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Pipa for the information about the grey lace dress. I will keep my eyes and ears open for the Tiana B TSV coming up in a few months time. I really appreciate your kindness in responding to me with these details and I can now stop putting the QVC search box into overdrive every day!!!!!! Enjoy your week, Sue x

  8. Susan July 11, 2011 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pip,
    What a funny story! Indeed you’ll have to book your tickets next year! What a lovely funny memory to have though and no doubt you had a fab day with lovely hubby anyway. LOVE your outfit…never mind the bag! Do love that too though. You really are so funky Pip! I had to comment on your show with Ali Young the other night…you 2 were hilarious! Great girls to watch especially together! Good clean fun. Didn’t realise you were part Espanol too?! Exotic!
    Have a great week.
    Susan x

  9. Marian Bolton July 11, 2011 at 7:05 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Pipa. I ordered the Revitalash yesterday. Thanks for discussing the issues I mentioned. Gave me confidence to buy. Your lashes looked amazing on close up and I was wondering what mascara you were wearing so thanks for telling us that too. x

  10. Sally July 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa!
    When watching you in the L’Occitane hour on Sunday 17th July, I was admiring your bracelet that was a silver circle with many chains running through it. Was just wondering where it is from? Is it a QVC piece?
    Thanks for reading, and I’m really enjoying your blog!
    Sally x

  11. Sarah Cox July 29, 2011 at 10:00 am -  Reply

    Hi Pipa, I really enjoyed watching your desert island beauty items and loved the heart necklace you were wearing. Is it from QVC? I thought it may be a Bibi necklace but i couldn’t find it when i searched. Please tell us where it is from. Sarah x

  12. Pipa August 12, 2011 at 7:44 am -  Reply

    Hi ladies, sorry to have been slow on replying here – summer holidays and all that! Rather crazy to say the least, we just got back from a fab camping trip yesterday.
    OK here goes: Sarah the heart necklace was a Butler and Wilson piece, I’m not sure if we still have it in stock…? Sally that bracelet is a Tiffany one… I think they still do it too 🙂 Marian, I currently use the New Cid mascara – it’s brilliant (how are you getting on with the Revitalash??)xx

  13. Susan August 14, 2011 at 3:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa,
    Gosh I love your style! I saw you briefly on with gorgeous Dennis this morning and I love love love your outfit…you had on a beautiful batwing top which was beige and black – highstreet or QVC? And your lovely Emu boots but not the usual ones, the new ‘proper’ boots with a heel. Hope you enjoyed your camping?!
    Susan x

  14. jane August 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa
    i’d also like to ask where you got your grey plaited bracelet from with all the charms- you were wearing it yesterday with that lovely beige front/black back top which, as Susan above, i loved.thanks

  15. Pipa August 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm -  Reply

    Susan it was a Reiss top that I wore on the Dennis Basso show with new less chunky but nevertheless gorgeous Emu boots which are still in QVC stock (mine arrived today!!). Jane, the grey plaited bracelet is a Bibi Bijoux piece – not sure if still in stock, but definitely worth a quick squizz online! Good luck and much love …oh and Susan yes indeed we LOVED camping – but you’ve probably read that blog now, if not – take a look xx

  16. karen September 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    hi pipa what is the scarf you have on it looks fabxx

  17. Pipa November 7, 2011 at 10:56 am -  Reply

    Thanks Karen – it’s a Lola Rose scarf xx

  18. SUSAN BRETHERICK (nee HERON) February 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm -  Reply


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