On Saturday I had the amazing opportunity to go to Wimbledon to see the women’s singles final, the women’s doubles final and the men’s doubles final.
I had never been to Wimbledon before and I had got these tickets through my local tennis club draw which was very lucky and I was the 4th or 5th person to get called out so I never thought those tickets would still be there.
We left early in the morning to get a real sense of the occasion of the day and one of James’ friends from work managed to get us into the members enclosure which was amazing. It was very posh with everyone drinking Pimms and eating strawberries and cream. We saw Trevor MacDonald in the members enclosure, and in court number 4 we saw Novak Djokovic who was training on a practice court with his coach Boris Becker.
Then came the time for us to go into centre court to watch the women’s singles final which was competed by 6th seed Czech Petra Kvitova who had won it in 2011 against 20 year old 13th seed Canadian Eugenie Bouchard who was playing her first grand slam final. We saw them both go past where we were about to go and we followed them into centre court where it was nearly jam packed.
The crowd was definitely more supportive of Bouchard because everyone always favours the underdog. She started off well but Kvitova had the game of her life and was hitting unstoppable shots which Bouchard couldn’t handle. The first set was 6-3 to Kvitova and the second set was 6-0 with Kvitova growing in confidence. It was the quickest women’s final for 31 years but Bouchard didn’t play badly it was just that Kvitova was a lot better on the day.
In the royal box there was Keira Knightley and tennis great Martina Navratilova. We also saw Jim Parsons who plays Dr Sheldon Cooper in the American TV show The Big Bang Theory. He is a big fan of Bouchard and has been supporting her all the tournament. We later found ourselves right in front of him as we left centre court in the pouring rain.
After the presentation ceremony (which was delayed slightly as the roof was put on) we watched a bit of the ladies’ doubles final before meeting James’ work friends again for tea, strawberries and scones.
But perhaps the highlight of the day was the men’s doubles final which included the defending champions and number 1 seeds, Bob and Mike Bryan. James was a big fan of Bob Bryan and was desperate for him to win, although he didn’t like Mike Bryan who he wanted to lose. Their opponents were Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil who had only met a few weeks before the tournament via the internet and were seeded a lowly 51. It was a thrilling 5 set match which lasted longer than 3 hours with ‘Popsocks’ ultimately and surprisingly winning.
Overall, it was a great day despite the rain and we celebrated with a curry where James and mum saw John McEnroe last year!