125 years of Wimbledon [London]

Personal Life, Travel

As you have probably seen on TV, Wimbledon is in full swing in London, and the players are heading into the final weekend. Before I came abroad, I knew I wanted to experience the Championships. After getting off work, I rushed to the train station to take the train down to Southfields, where I walked about five or six blocks to Wimbledon Park. I entered a queue line where you get a numbered ticket (so no line-jumping!), and I waited and waited to just get into the grounds. I was in line for about an hour and a half and was only able to see the top of the tennis court buildings.

Once Andy Murray beat Feliciano Lopez and Rafael Nadal beat Mardy Fish, officials opened the grounds to the rest of the people in line, which were thousands. I got in the grounds in enough time to experience a Centre Court match. Gentlemen’s Invitational Doubles was playing the final Centre Court match of the day. It was a fun atmosphere, as doubles usually is, and I was glad I got to see the world’s most famous grass court stadium. After that, I stopped by match on a smaller court that featured USA’s Lisa Raymond.

From there, I met up with some friends and had some pizza, a beer and some Wimbledon-famous strawberries and cream. It is literally strawberries with heavy cream on top, but still delicious. I got a few things at the store on the grounds to mark my experience at the 125th Championships at Wimbledon.

                    

Today was my last day of work for the week, as I have a How Britain Works class on Fridays and an afternoon field trip.

Who do you have winning it all? Sharapova or the underdog? Murray, Nadal, Djokovic or Tsonga? I can assure you that the Brits are pulling for Murray.

MRF

2 thoughts on “125 years of Wimbledon [London]

  1. Michael,you are experiencing so much. Thanks for writing about it as I ‘m sure your time is precious. It doesn’t seem like you are so far away. It is July 1st tomorrow, so the time is going, take in all you can. Take care.

  2. Michael, so glad you got to get into Wimbledon! I know Mrs. Hedrick would have loved to know that you made it there. I’m not sure if she ever did or not. The pictures tell the story and turned out great. Enjoy the weekend.

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