29 June 2011

Back for more - Wimbledon Wednesday 22 June

Drink a Pimms - for seven quid
I stayed away from Wimbledon on Day 2 to recover from the 4:30am start time at The Queue on Day 1 and still felt shaky on Wednesday morning. Knowing the weather wasn't meant to be fab (shock!) my mate and I didn't get up so early for Day 3 but once we saw the weather looked good we hit the fast forward button to get to Wimbledon as quickly as we could to get a grounds pass.

We arrived in The Queue around 10am and were there in plenty of time to get the pass and we got in the gates around 12 or so. Of course, it rained and start times were delayed for hours! Play didn't start until around 3:30 on the outer courts so plenty of time to stuff our faces and sit inside Court 1 while the rains passed. Finally, play began and I started with Flavia! So good to see her back playing pretty well after her injuries this year. Watched her win a tight first set then time to wander! 

I love getting a grounds pass - best value for money during the first week of a slam. I walked and saw Bethanie in all her odd attire playing a Japanese qualifier for awhile, then watched Feliciano Lopez warm up then Sabine Lisicki in her first round match.
Melanie Oudin seen watching BMS serve
Ha ha ha ha ha
Wild card Sabine, now in the semis!
About to unleash one of her service bombs
One match I was really keen to see was Mirjana Lucic vs Dominika Cibulkova. I wandered up to this one at 6-6 in the third set and managed to be able to see while standing on the steps. This one went to little Domi 8-6 in the third. I was right by her coach Zelkjo Krajan who used to coach Dinara Safina. Was pretty wicked to be right by a player's team and watch their responses.
Domi Cibulkova

Zelkjo Krajan
The last few hours of my second day at Wimbledon were pure magic. Fish and chips while watching Andy Murray from Henman Hill/Murray Mound. Discovered the best viewing area at Wimbledon above Court 18 (watched a crazy tiebreaker between Ernie Gulbis and Dmitry Tursunov which went to 14-12) and enjoyed looking around beautiful Wimbledon.
Great seat!
Watching Murray play on Murray Mound.
View from top of Court 18
Energetic Murray Mound

As we made our way down from the top of Court 18, my mate noticed the queue for After Five tickets. We decided to go for it and see if we could get onto Centre Court to watch Roddick's match with Victor Hanescu. I was not  in any way getting my hopes up as previously blogged Roddick has always had a knack for avoiding me. But we got to the front of the queue and paid our 5 quid each and literally giggled and sprinted our way to Centre Court!

Our seats were mint, a few rows behind the Royal Box. And Roddick was there! And playing! Without rain! Bliss. #bucketlist

Scary security dude stood up every change of ends to protect Royal Box
Serving master

What a beautiful sight
Roddick wins

It's funny what you notice in person while watching tennis that you don't notice on TV - Roddick wiggled his bum an awful lot, and well, boy does he rearrange a lot! It was really distracting. We also weren't sitting too far from Roddick's box so kept an eye on Brooklyn. She kept her sunnies on the entire match even tho it was getting dark. And yeah, well they played tennis and of course it was compelling. Roddick's serve is damn impressive and he won in three tight sets.
Being on a total high, my friend and I decided to walk to Wimbledon Village for a drink. We managed to choose a bar Serena and Venus go to a lot - we talked to the manager for ages and he said they often come there at the end of the tourney and have a private gathering there.
So there ends my first Wimbledon - such an amazing tournament and what a dream come true.

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