Day of Tennis | Queen’s Club: Day 4

Front row tickets? Yes. Heavy thunderstorms and lightning predicted on weather forecasts? Also yes. Come on this crazy journey with me!

I mean, who can call themselves a tennis fan if they haven’t been to Queen’s? Especially as it’s right on your doorstep… not literally as it’s a couple hours away from my home but you get the gist. It’s a must!

I have to admit, Queen’s Club a few years ago would’ve been better as they had top players then. The likes of Djokovic and even Nadal sometimes made it a must watch event. Now however, many of the top players with the likes of Federer and Zverev competing in Halle. Federer signed a lifetime deal with Halle Open, so you can see why many players are opting out of one of the most prestigious and oldest grass court tournaments in the world.

So back to the story…

Everything was great the week before. I kept checking the weather forecast for Thursday 17th June 2021, and it looked great… all up until the Sunday before. Everything changed and it forecasted a complete wash out. Could I be any more unlucky?

I planned to semi-straighten my hair, and you know rain + humidity with straightened hair is not a match made in hairven. Get it? or not…

An accurate representation of what humidity does to my hair.

But I stuck to my guns. This is England after all and the weather is completely unpredictable.

Fast forward to Wednesday night, it was chucking it down. It was like someone continuously stamped on any hopes of watching tennis on front row seats on centre court.

Thursday morning comes, and the view from my window actually looks okay. Dark clouds and not a glimpse of sunlight, but it could be worse. Slight issue is that as I thought it would be a wash out, I had a lie in. You can imagine my stupidity reached an all time high. So now funnily enough, reluctantly I have to rush to get ready, as I mentally prepared myself that the tennis would be suspended. Edgar Cayce, I am not.

I end up arriving a bit late, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Or I was just simply late without excuses. I end up not eating as I was in such a rush. So when I arrived, I simply say through 3 whole matches without eating anything before. It was either Queen’s club or food. Take your pick! If I ate beforehand, the more matches I would’ve missed. I did miss one but thats besides the point.

The three full matches I saw were as follows:

Andy Murray v Matteo Berrettini. Berrettini won 6-3, 6-3.

Feliciano Lopez v Denis Shapovalov. Shapovalov won 6-2, 6-3.

Frances Tiafoe v Viktor Troicki. Tiafoe won 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

It was a superb day. The only advice I’d give anyone going in the future, would be to bring your own seat cushion! It really is a must as the chairs you sit on there are always soaked. Especially the day after rain or even a few days after rain. They don’t cover the seats when it’s raining and they’re not plastic uncomfortable seats. They’re seats with cushions internally. Which means the sponge just soaks everything up and doesn’t dry in a hurry. I was hearing everyone around me complaining over soaking seats, only realising after that stood up after an hour or two. I didn’t fully realise either until after I overheard that, and my outfit was soaked! So if you attend with a nice outfit, seat cushions are a must. and maybe a rain mac for the seats.

Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get any photos of myself opposite the court, as I’d have to ask someone to take them, and in a pandemic, who really wants to hold someones phone? But I did manage to get one when I arrived back to my hotel.

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Antonia Dale – Polka Dot Dress – White Blazer

Ignore the mess in the background.

I somehow managed to get Wimbledon Men’s Semi-Final Centre Court tickets. Don’t ask me how. There were Men’s Final tickets, but what’s the point in paying the same to just see one match? I’ve never understood it. I get the final match is supposedly the best, but meh I’d rather watch more matches. Yes I’m one in a million. Probably in a bad way.

Did you enjoy this post? Would you like a Wimbledon post? And I promise I’ll take more photos! Comment below!

8 thoughts on “Day of Tennis | Queen’s Club: Day 4

  1. Oh definitely, more Wimbledon please, Antonia!

    After all, you braved starvation, soaking and the heavens themselves to bring us these stories. After all that, you’d better believe I want to read and see more.

    Plus, the day has an even happier ending, as you finished it warm and dry in the hotel. One hopes you got a nice dinner to wrap the day in contentment.

    Come to think of it, I asked you a similar question, what, a couple years ago, about your adventures in (or, more specifically, around) the Louvre. Foodies like me, huh, always asking about food?

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    1. Thankyouu so much!! Coming right up!๐Ÿ˜ƒ
      I had the most amazing lobster brioche roll from Burger and Lobster!

      The food in France, I didnโ€™t get to try much of it, unfortunately. I have a severe nut allergy and so many options there have a risk of nuts, or theyโ€™re around nuts, or they contain nuts!๐Ÿ˜‚ I mainly survived off fillet o fish meals from Mc Donalds. Imagine that day in day out for like 4 days๐Ÿ˜‚ was a nightmare!๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‚

      Donโ€™t worry, Iโ€™m also a huge foodie!๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿฅช๐Ÿฅ™๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŒฏ๐Ÿซ”๐Ÿฅ—๐Ÿฅ˜๐Ÿซ•๐Ÿฅซ๐Ÿ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ–๐ŸŒญ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿงˆ๐Ÿฅž๐Ÿง‡๐Ÿฅ“๐Ÿฅฉ

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      1. Glad to read it, Antonia (the foodie-forward stance). Best of all, you got the all-time best category, poultry! ๐Ÿ— Cool! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

        Don’t know how intense your allergies are, but I was on a flight a couple years ago wherein the flight attendants asked passengers not to open the smoked almonds that just had been distributed, for fear opening the packages might trigger the sufferer’s allergies. It was a short fight (hence, no meal service), thus it wasn’t difficult to respect the wishes. Still, I had no idea the allergy sensitivity was so pronounced!

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  2. I love this, Antonia! Beautiful photos of the court and of you!! Yes, please, would love to spend time with you at Centre Court Wimbledon, viewing it all from your blog post! How exciting that you get to see the semis!

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