Losing My Wimbledon Virginity

Losing my Wimbledon Virginity

If you’re thinking, “hello, whats been going in Wimbledon…naughty” then this post about Wimbledon Tennis Championships may disappoint.

As I type this, Wimbledon is on the tele once again and this got me reminiscing about last year.

One June morning, I was munching on a bacon sandwich when my phone rang. It was my mate Adam with the news that he’d won 2 Wimbledon Quarter-Finals tickets through a ballot at work. And not only that, he wanted to take little old me.

The bacon sandwich was no longer the most exciting part of my morning.

Tennis…. Like Squash Just Completely Different

I won’t lie to you, I’m not the most clued up super fan of tennis and have barely sat through a whole match on the tele before. But I never had been one to turn down a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Our tickets were on a Quarter Final day so we were hoping to see some good tennis, especially seeing as our tickets were for Court One. (For those not down with the Wimbledon lingo, Court One is the next best court after Centre Court – I was confused as well.)

We weren’t disappointed. Not only did we see Roger Federer successfully make it through to the semi final’s but we also witnessed the 2014 Women’s Champion, Petra Kvitova win her quarter final too.

We were due to watch the Williams’ sisters team up to take on two women (who’s names I won’t even begin to attempt spelling) in doubles action but Serena Williams came out looking a little worse for wear and lasted just 10 minutes before she had to retire from the game and competition.

Still, they played long enough to treat the audience to their world-famous grunting and I saw them long enough to snap a photo.

Popping My Wimbledon Cherry

I didn’t realise just how big Wimbledon was. There is a lot to see and do with matches taking place all over the grounds (so you needn’t worry if you can’t get onto a court).

We watched Lleyton Hewitt and Martina Hingis on the open courts during the day and saw Rafael Nadal lose to Nick Kyrgios in the Men’s Quarter Final on the big screen whilst sat on Henman Hill/Murray’s Mound.

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All in all we had a great day and saw loads… I lost my Wimbledon virginity in top fashion and more to the point, it wasn’t in the slightest bit awkward, I loved every moment.

A Very British Day

Wimbledon is a day out that makes you feel very proud to be British. It’s not a place full of loud, drunken yobs or hooligans. It’s a gentlemen’s game, much like Rugby … just without singing Swing Low Sweet Chariot at the top of your voice.

The grounds are covered in lush greenery and spotlessly clean. The staff are friendly and attentive. From Henman Hill you could see the skyline of London’s Canary Wharf and there were punnet’s of strawberries and glasses of Pimms being served on every corner…. Now you wouldn’t get that a football game.

Wimbledon

I remember thinking to myself that if I had to recommend one event to attend whilst visiting England, this would be it.

Ok, so the tickets are either super expensive or hard to get your hands on, but it’s definitely worth trying. You can do so by registering in the yearly ticket ballot. You may just strike lucky, we did!

One Year On

A year has passed since my Wimbledon visit. It’s back on the tele most days and nights but I’m still not bothered about watching every game. I find myself flicking past Wimbledon and choosing something else.

My trip to the championships may not have turned me into a fully fledged tennis fanatic, but I sure as hell wouldn’t miss the chance to return to Wimbledon to watch it live again.

Actually being in the grounds is nothing less than magic. You’re suddenly a tennis nut, even if it’s just for the day.

I guarantee you’ll come away from Wimbledon with a belly full of strawberries and cream, a woozy head from all the Pimms and some great memories of your experience of a lifetime.

 

  • http://www.akeanesenseofadventure.com/ Christine | A Keane Sense

    Totally jealous! As a former college tennis player, I have always wanted to go to Wimbledon! Actually, my goal is to attend all 4 majors! One of these days 🙂

    • http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers

      Thanks Christine. Really pleased you enjoyed the post.
      Wow, that wound be an awesome goal to achieve. Hope you get to tick that box someday 🙂

      James

  • Gemma

    The weather always looks so good at Wimbledon. I’m not a tennis fan but I do like strawberries and cream. The atmosphere must be electric!

    • http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers

      Thanks Gemma, I thoroughly recommend grabbing a spot on Henman Hill, feeding your face on strawberries and getting fuzzy headed from too much Pimms… the atmosphere is buzzing… you needn’t pay attention to the tennis ;).

      James