My Day 12 at Wimbledon Tennis

I discovered how tremendously popular I was when I announced on Facebook that I’d managed to get two pairs of Centre Court tickets in the Wimbledon Ballot.

However when I heard that my great friend Jenny, who now lives in the US, was to start her family holiday by flying in to the UK on Friday 4th July, it was a no-brainer.  Jen loves her tennis and I knew would relish the opportunity to be in Centre Court for the Ladies’ Singles Final.  Her fabulous husband agreed to take the kids down to Cornwall on his own on the condition that I was to make sure Jenny got an early train to Cornwall on Sunday.

Perfect plan… well it would have been but for a couple of reasons.  United Airlines cancelled their flight and announced that they’d be put on another arriving into London on Sunday.  After much kerfuffle, negotiation and yet more US driving, they headed for a flight out of Philly to Washington DC, then another flight to London.  This arrived on Saturday morning and it was going to be a rush to get to London and Wimbledon but fortunately it landed early and I was already there waiting.  We bid the family goodbye and raced for London.  Quick shower and change and made it to Wimbledon by 1.20pm.  A quick wander to watch a few minutes of the wheelchair doubles – utterly amazing and in awe of the power and agility of these players.

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Check in at the ballgirl/boy office to find out if Abi was on court anywhere for a spot of Abi-stalking.  Then just enough time to take our seats in Centre Court for the 2pm Ladies’ Singles Final.

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Gosh, can you tell we’ve barely had any sleep?

Once again blessed with fabulous seats.  Amazing to be there and to hear and see the power and strength of each shot.

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The Ladies’ Singles Final:

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) [13]
v
Petra Kvitova (CZE) [6]

was sadly over very quickly.  Under 55 minutes and it felt very one-sided.  Sadly we were both supporting Bouchard who for whatever reason we felt didn’t quite have her mojo.

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We had to stay for the presentation ceremony because guess which ball-girl was in the line-up?   Yes the ever wonderful Abi!  Sadly though I wasn’t able to get the ‘perfect’ picture of her as there was a pesky boy in front… but here’s a few of the better ones.

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We then left Centre Court briefly to have a wake-up walk around Wimbledon and headed back in for the latter part of the next match – Ladies’ Doubles Finals

Timea Babos (HUN) [14] / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [14] v
Sara Errani (ITA) [2] / Roberta Vinci (ITA) [2]

A well-fought match where age and experience of Errani and Vinci won over the enthusiastic and energetic youngsters of Babos and Mladenovic.  Fair to say the final scores of 6-1, 6-3 truly didn’t reflect the amount of quality shots and winning play that was represented by Babos and Mladenovic.  I think we’ll be seeing more of these ladies in future competitions.

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Once again in need of a wake-up walk and also some refreshment we headed for the nearest cafe… just as the heavens really opened.  Pots of tea with scones, clotted cream and jam… ooh and strawberries and cream.  Perfect pick me up!

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Next on Centre Court was the Gentlemen’s Doubles Final

Bob Bryan (USA) [1] Mike Bryan (USA) [1]
v
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) Jack Sock (USA)

I had been fortunate enough to see the Bryan Brothers in a qualifying round for this final but chose to support the youngsters AKA Popsocks.

An incredibly hard-fought match.  Again age and experience v enthusiasm and energy.  We stayed only for the first couple of sets but could see that it would run it’s full course of 5 sets.

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So very pleased to hear the final was won not by the seeded and title holders but by the youngsters, Popsocks. It would no doubt have been an utterly brilliant match to watch to the final point but we had somewhere we really wanted to be and someone who had been on our minds all day.

As we left Wimbledon we had our tickets scanned so that hopefully someone else was able to purchase the remaining time and enjoy what would have been a wonderful completion of a day of tennis on Centre Court.  The money for resold tickets goes to charity.

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