Last Monday I was lucky enough to take a trip to Wimbledon in the beautiful sunshine. So often I focus on the weather in this blog, because sunshine does just make you happy. But at Wimbledon the weather is essential, we had Court One tickets and if it rains you simply don’t see any tennis. Ever since, it’s been the wettest Wimbledon in years! But Lady Luck looked down on us and we bathed in sunshine, even accidentally burning a little.
Despite living just down the road, I’ve never been to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships before. I’ve tried for many years but it is so hard to get hold of tickets. This year I got a call the Friday before Wimbledon began, it was my Gran who had two Court One tickets but could no longer go along. Me and the boyfriend jumped at the chance and couldn’t wait. I thought a lot about what to wear, I had no idea of the dress code. But decided ultimately to go a little bit special, Wimbledon is a good excuse and wore this Very co-ord which I bought for a wedding a few years ago. It turned out to be perfect in the sunshine and it really was a mixed bag – some wore jeans and some ball gowns!
We started our day with a picnic on Murray Mount/Henman Hill (whatever you like to call it!), and then we had a wander around all the grounds with a Pimms in hand. If you just have ground tickets, you can still sit and watch matches on all the outer courts. And at the start of the first week, there are lots of amazing matches and players playing all over the place so it’s definitely worth it.
At 1pm, we headed on to Court One. The atmosphere was immediately amazing, it’s such a big court with so many seats but you still feel like a part of the action. We bought strawberries and cream and became a proper Wimbledon cliche. They were only £2.50, I was surprised they weren’t more expensive! We saw Venus Williams, she played with real style and gave a sassy little spin in celebration when she won. Then we saw male sixth seed Nishikori destroy his Australian opponent. There were so many Japanese and Australian fans in the crowd, and they were all getting so into the game which really dragged us along. Finally we got all fired up for British Laura Robson, who sadly lost, but the crowd were massively behind her.
During the breaks, we headed off for a wander around, taking in the excitement and the atmosphere. Wimbledon is like it’s own little city, with hundreds of people thrown in. It was fun to go and explore the outer practice courts too, watching some future players hit a ball around casually.
If you can get tickets, and trust me I know it’s hard, do! I’m going to be trying every year from now on.