This time last week I was at Wimbledon. I have wanted to go to Wimbledon for as long as I can remember but with teaching, it was always going to be tricky. As I knew I wasn’t going to be doing that this year, I entered the public ballot. And got Finals Day tickets! The only downside was that we got tickets for Court No. 1, not Centre Court. But we decided to go anyway.
They were playing the Boys finals and the Invitation Ladies finals on Court Number 1 and we were quite keen to watch them. Well, we were before a certain Mr Murray got himself into the final! We had planned to sit on Murray Mound, but with the torrential rain we’ve been getting, we thought it would be better to play it by ear and decide on the day.
When we arrived we wanted to have a look around. We were about the 10th people in the queue at our gate, but by the time we got in, the mound was already packed – and waterlogged! I didn’t want to just spend the whole day protecting our blanket on the hill so we gave up on that idea. We continued walking around & I bought my Wimbledon towel. I’ve wanted one for ages! By then we needed a cup of tea & we headed to the food village. After that we had another look around, mainly to find some cheaper Pimms, which we found at the Champagne bar. Delicious! On our way there, we spotted the lovely Clare Balding who was doing some recording for 5Live, and I couldn’t resist taking a picture! At least it isn’t like my scary pap of Raymond Blanc, where he’s looking right at me while I take his picture without his permission and he doesn’t seem impressed!
Anyway, after spotting Steve Redgrave, Virginia Wade and John Mcenroe, we headed to our seats on Court no. 1. It was amazing! We had a great view, even though we were quite far back. I was very grateful for being so far back when it rained again later on. People sitting down by the court got completly drenched, as did the people on the hill. After the boys final we went out for lunch & got some pizza and the obligatory strawberries and cream, which were a very respectable £2.50. The veggie options were pretty decent – You could get a veggie pizza or stir-fry in the main food village, and there were plenty of sandwiches, cakes & crisps to munch on. While our court was out of action, they played the match from Centre Court once the roof had closed. But when the rain stopped, they started preparing the court for the boy’s doubles finals. So we went to see if there was any space on the hill. There wasn’t & Court No. 2 was packed too so we decided to head home & hope Andy could it take it to a 5 set match. Sadly this wasn’t to be the case and we heard him become a runner-up while we were stuck in traffic.
It was such a fab day & I’m definitely going to enter the public ballot again. The food & drink was much less than I expected and our tickets were really reasonable at £26 each. The whole day was much cheaper than a lot of other major sporting events I’ve been to (I’m talking about you, British Grand Prix!). Wimbledon was positively lovely, despite the rain & a certain Swiss!