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…
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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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.
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