Sipping Pimms, eating strawberries and cream courtside and watching the worlds best tennis players showing off their skills, what better way to spend a sunny British afternoon? Throw in some cucumber sandwiches and cups of tea and you have the epitome of the English stereotype.
This summer was Wimbledon’s 137th year and it still proved to be as popular as ever with people young and old. Fans and budding tennis players lined the streets around the famous courts from as early as 5am, vying for the best seats in the courts. With pro’s from around the world, who could blame people for wanting the best view. Supporters came from across the globe to cheer on their country’s players and become part of one of the best known tennis events in the world.
For two weeks a year England becomes tennis mad, with play taking over much of the BBC television and SW19 becoming the hub of the world’s tennis scene. Even those who are not regular tennis followers struggle to avoid the excitement and coverage that comes with the event.
With the tournament drawing to an end on Sunday, thousands of people tuned in to their televisions, watched online or got themselves down to the courts to see Novak Djokovic go head to head with Roger Federer in a tense finale. The crowd included some well known faces with celebrities arriving to witness the much anticipated final. Even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and showbiz royalty, the Beckham’s came out to show their support in the final match of this years event. Kate and Wills watched from the Royal Box, their excitement evident across their faces.
Serbian Djokovic smashed his way to victory, becoming the world’s number one and left Swiss Federer in second place after a tense and emotive match. Two great players on the courts, but Djokovic managed to edge ahead and take the title. Scotland’s Murray had crashed out of the tournament earlier in the week after losing out to Grigor Dimitrov , dashing Britain’s hopes of a Wimbledon trophy.
The tennis tournament offered more than just the tennis being played. One of England’s best known sporting events had something to offer everyone, from the on court tennis to restaurants, bars and even a museum with a full guide to tennis history, and medals and trophies on display. Open year-round to the public, ticket holders get exclusive access over the Wimbledon event period.
Now that Wimbledon is over, England’s tennis hysteria has died down. The courts go back to their usual use, giving some lucky tennis players a place to practice and enjoy the game outside of competitions. SW19 is no longer bustling with fans from around the world. And for the players themselves? Some much needed relaxation, before training begins once again. For the most committed fans out there, countdown to Wimbledon 2015 has already begun.
Article written by Millie Hamnett