It was a rather early start at 4am. Charlie and I took the first train at 6am to get to Wimbledon for 7am. The earlier you get to Wimbledon, the better the chance of getting in! I haven’t been to the Championships before and wasn’t expecting to queue… for 5 hours straight… I did not see this coming!
Charlie warned me that queuing is the most British thing you can do. Evidently! I’ve been to rugby and queued for 5 hours, next year we have to go to Glastonbury and get wet and muddy, can my life get any more British!? I love it all really.
The whole queueing part was actually cool and very entertaining. Luckily it didn’t rain. People were happy and prepared, with blankets, food baskets and papers, patiently sitting on the grass. No pushing, no rushing, very impressed! We had some tea and coffee, second breakfast and a little nap. A little bit of entertainment from the crowd also helped with the waiting.
We all were given queueing cards, here is mine! I am the 4,783 rd and there were maybe 3000-4000 people behind me! That’s the whole point of waking up before dawn and start queuing as early as possible!
The venue grounds
Once we bought tickets and got in, I could finally see how beautiful the venue is, especially the Centre Court. FJ Perry was the last English player to win the last Wimbledon Championship in 1936. We were really lucky with the weather, it was warm and sunny, a perfect day to enjoy tennis! The grounds of Wimbledon are stunning and packed with spectators, but still loved strolling around.
Maybe a little overpriced, but very needed Pimm’s was purchased just to take the tiredness down a notch. Later, of course, there was more queueing for Kent’s best strawberries & cream.
The Championships. Novak Djokovic vs Florian Mayer
The strawberries were very tasty. We enjoyed them while watching Novak Djokovic play Florian Mayer. We were so lucky to watch the game in the Centre Court with the rest of the 15.000 people. It was sensational to watch the worlds No. 1 play live.
Watching Berankis play for Lithuania
I also got to see the famous Lithuanian tennis player Ričardas Berankis. He is currently ranked 63 in the world. I think it’s a great achievement for a small country like Lithuania. He didn’t win, but definitely played very well and I was very proud and excited to see him play live!
Knackered but happy after about 14 hours of tennis, we took off home. Luckily it’s only 30 minutes for us to get home. Goodnight!
Have you been to the Championships in Wimbledon? Did you get to watch anyone famous at the Centre Court? Let me know in the comments below…