Wimbledon 2013

A few days ago we went to this little tennis competition you may have heard about, The Championships, Wimbledon.  I was able to score Centre Court tickets the morning before we went thanks to persistence on Ticketmaster’s website.  This was great for two reasons: First and foremost, I didn’t have to get up at 3 am to queue for grounds passes.  Second, we had guaranteed seats to watch great players. We went on Wednesday which mean the Men’s Quarterfinals – David Ferrer v. Juan Martin Del Potro followed by Fernando Verdasco v. Andy Murray.

We got up pretty early and drove to the closest Tube station (not that close, by the way).  We hopped on board and settled into our seats.  After a change and total travel time of 1 1/2 hours, we made it to our stop.  A short walk down the road and we were at the gates!  We quickly collected our tickets and made our way to Court 3 to attempt to see the McEnroe brothers play in the Gentlemens’ Senior Doubles Invitational match.  Unfortunately the court was already full, so we headed off to Henman Hill (aka Aorangi Terrace, aka Murray Mound) to watch on the big screen.  Tons of people had already staked out their spots with blankets, picnic baskets, lunch and wine/champagne to watch whatever matches would be shown.  We found a spot and sat for a while watching the comic antics of the McEnroe brothers playing Mansour Bahrami & Henri Leconte.  Those 4 probably had more fun on the court than anyone I’ve ever watched.

The big scoreboard next to Court No.1

The big scoreboard next to Court No.1

Overlooking Henman Hill

Overlooking Henman Hill

Looking over to Centre Court

Looking over to Centre Court

Watching the big screen on Henman Hill

Watching the big screen on Henman Hill

Hooray, tennis!

Hooray, tennis!

It was getting close to the first match on Centre Court so we wandered off to find lunch then made our way to our seats.  Since we scored last minute tickets we were in the very last row of the court.  But it made no difference.  We had a great view of the entire court and got to experience the electric atmosphere of the crowd.  First up was Del Potro vs Ferrer.  C was cheering for Ferrer (I think because of the Spanish connection to Nadal, his favorite player).  I was by default cheering for Ferrer, as well.  He ended up losing in straight sets but took the last set to a tie-break and it was great to watch!

 

A Horned Frog went to Wimbledon...

A Horned Frog went to Wimbledon…

Del Potro & Ferrer

Del Potro & Ferrer

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Our view (actually better than this)

Our view (actually better than this)

Before the last match we took a quick break for liquid refreshment.  I indulged in the Wimbledon tradition of Pimm’s Cup and C helped himself to beer.  We took our beverages back to our seats and settled in to watch Murray.  He dropped the first two sets and made the entire Court very nervous!  Thankfully he got his act together and came back to win it in 5 sets.  The last few games of the final set the entire crowd was on the edge of their seats.  It was hard to keep quiet between & during points because everyone was just so excited.

Murray v. Verdasco

Murray v. Verdasco

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Andy serving

Andy serving

Shaking hands at the end of the match

Shaking hands at the end of the match

Winner!

Winner!

The entire day was an experience we will never forget.  It was a dream come true for C and I loved every minute.  I’m so glad we had the opportunity to go and were able to make it happen.  And, now that Murray has won the Championship we can say we watched him play in the first Wimbledon he won!  Pretty cool if you ask me.