So I had pretty much abandoned any hope of seeing the tennis this year. And then I read Laura's post about the Wimbledon Queue. And my hope was renewed.
In a matter of hours I booked a babysitter and hatched a plan.
Yesterday we put the plan into action. We traveled by train to Wimbledon station and then boarded the special shuttle bus that goes directly to the tennis club. (From the shuttle bus drop off, it is a loooong walk to The Queue. If I were to do it again, I would just get a taxi from the station directly to The Queue). I was prepared, and a bit excited, to take my place in the infamous Wimbledon Queue, but as luck would have it, there was absolutely no line! They still handed out queue cards and stickers so I guess I technically queued at Wimbledon.
We passed through security and right up to the turnstiles. Tickets after 17:00 were only £12 each! Once inside, we headed for the resale ticket kiosk.
As spectators leave for the day, they hand in their tickets which are then resold to latecomers (like us) and the proceeds are donated to charity.
We were thrilled to find ourselves in the second row just a few yards from the action. I was afraid the noise of my shutter clicking would disturb the players- that's how close we were!
At one point we had a brief rain delay which is all just part of the Wimbledon experience.
As you can see, there were many empty seats. I think most people (including Wills and Kate) were watching the Centre Court match between Murray and Ferrer.
|Many spectators watch the Centre Court match on TV from the grass|
It was such a fun evening. I'm so glad we had a chance to experience this English tradition!