Wimbledon 2012

I visited the Wimbledon yesterday.
My friend, Sofia, got hold of a few tickets and kindly invited me & my hubbie.
We met up at her place in Wimbledon Village and with her boyfriend, Nick, we had a light brunch at their favourite bistro.

Ta-dah! Sonia, I & Ana snapped by my hubbie. We entered from Gate 7. The Centre Court can be seen in the background. Ana was still recovering from the flu and not feeling too well. A poor girl…

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So, this is the world famous Centre Court! I had never been inside of AELTC (All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club). I was soooooo excited…

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The main entrance of Centre Court was flanked by two burly looking but friendly security staff.
I love the way things are done in Britain when it comes to this sort of occasions. So pompous and proper. For me, they look like the things out of children’s story books…

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First of all, let’s check the playing cards on the board…

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And watched Ladies’ Double at Court 17.
The tickets we had were Ground Pass which entitles only to use unreserved seating and viewing around Courts 3–19. Therefore, we had no access to the show courts, such as Centre Court, No. 1 Court or No. 2 Court. However, we could hear loud cheers and roars from the courts all the time. It was exciting!

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After a bit of watching the play, we retreated to Café Pergola and open a bottle of wine.
Under their giant parasol, we chatted and emptied the bottle in no time!

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After crisp & cold wine, some more tennis to be watched.
Can’t remember which court it was (>.<)
The Ballgirls and the officials were hard at work while we were tipsy. Oh dear…

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Then, it was a time for tea & cake.
We found a terrace table at Food Village under No.1 Court. Let’s have strawberries & cream!
Not only two bowls of strawberries & cream but also three cakes (chocolate fudge, victoria sponge & strawberry tart) and two plates of scones were piled on our tray. Boozing & consuming a substantially calorific confectionaries while world-class athletes are sweating out and battling out there. Mmmm… The thought fueled our pleasure even more!

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Then to Court 4. More games to watch. We settled down by the court side and decided to spend the rest of the afternoon here…

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Occasionally, blustery winds swept through the courts and the player seemed to struggle with it a bit.

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The spectators came and went. The people were milling around with Pimms in hands…

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I just loved the intimacy of the outside courts. The physical distance to the players were almost minimal.

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I also love the official’s uniform designed by Ralph Lauren. The piping on the jacket is really cute…

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The last game we watched was a Boys’ Single game fought between L.Gomez and K.Uchida.
The time was well after 6pm and the sun was setting. It must have been not so easy for the players…

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Uchida outplayed Gomez and won 6-1, 6-2. Well done!
And a big hug & thank you to Sonia for inviting us to Wimbledon.

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