Place: The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (Wimbledon Championships)
Time: 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Temperature: 27° C
Song of the day: Anyone for Tennis? by Cream
Wimbledon was definitely on the my "to do" list for London this summer ... but the idea of getting in "The Queue" was not so appealing until MaryRodgers Beal, a classmate, said, "Anyone want to go to Wimbledon?" I said, "Yes!"
MaryRodgers (left) figured out how to get there (easy train west from Waterloo) and we left this morning at 6:30 a.m. Walking from the train station to the tennis grounds, we began to catch tennis fever.
Today is the day that Andy Murray plays Roger Federer (spoiler: the game doesn't work out as he plans).
|There are flags on many lamp posts throughout town |
bearing the Wimbledon standard ...
we know we're in the right place (Google Maps)!
|Hopes are high that Andy will advance to the second round and |
fan fever is high (left). Wimbledon is a lovely community ... and posh (right)!
|If you don't have pots of money for tickets (over $1000 for good ones), then your only option is to join "The Queue" so that's what we did--it's so popular with the masses, there is even an online "how to" guide.|
|There were approximately 2,200 people in the queue with us ... |
the previous Friday there had been about 10,000.
|We are issued a queue ticket and a guide book ... but still need to buy |
the pass to get into the grounds. Cash only! The tennis ball sculpture?
Clearly waiting in line is a bore so we need entertaining.
MaryRogers and I take the men's doubles invitationals:
|Gonzàlez (far left), Costa (near left) and |
Santoro (near right) and Baker (far right)
Eating our strawberries and cream, of course and MaryRodgers helps me remember that players have to win sets (best out of 6 games), then matches and then the game ... it's been a long time since tennis lessons!
And I have never seen so many folks around a court, not playing tennis ... linespeople, ball catchers ... whew! So serious, more serious than the tennis players who are just having a good time in the sunshine!
|Martin (left) and me, takes 1 and 2 ... his idea!|
Google Maps. (2015). [Wimbledon Tramtrack Stop to All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club]. Retrieved from https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/All+England+Lawn+Tennis+%26+Croquet+Club,+Church+Road,+London,+UK/Wimbledon+Tramlink+Stop,+United+Kingdomfirstname.lastname@example.org,-0.2226286,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x48760f345b43f485:0xcee40a1e57bb6a74!2m2!1d-0.2144883!2d51.4342911!1m5!1m1!1s0x487608b74564fba3:0x22621fbdfebb4dda!2m2!1d-0.20579!2d51.42105!3e2