Anyone for tennis?
Every year, around mid-summer, we buy our strawberries and cream, and possibly even a bottle of
champagne or Pimm’s. Then we settle back in our armchairs in front of the television, to watch the
annual tradition and spectacle that is the Wimbledon tennis fortnight.
Alternatively, if we’ve been lucky enough to have obtained tickets through the annual Wimbledon
ballot, then we might be at the All England Club itself, sipping our Pimms. However, although
anyone can enter the ballot, not everyone will be lucky. Luckily, Newmarket Holidays offer a
Wimbledon Tennis Break that not only guarantees entry to the grounds during the last weekend, but
reserves you a seat on one of the show courts, too.
The magnificent eleven thousand-seater No. 1 Court replaced an older one in 1997, and there are
plans for it to have its own retractable roof, just like Centre Court’s, by 2019. Your ticket will ensure
that you are treated to matches by veterans and juniors, enabling you to see stars of the past, but
just as importantly, to pick out future champions. You might even find some play on the outside or
practice courts, too.
Make the most of your day in this historic location. Take a stroll around the immaculately
landscaped grounds. You’re bound to spot a few celebrities, or perhaps you’ll be fortunate enough
to grab some signatures at Autograph Island. Check the Broadcast Centre for famous interviewees
(or even for familiar interviewers!). And it’s always exciting to hear the words “player coming
through”, followed by a bevy of officials surrounding…well, it could be anyone.
You needn’t miss the action while you’re doing this, either. Head to the big screen at Arongi Terrace,
and do what has become another Wimbledon tradition – cheering on your favourite from Henman
Hill (or whatever you prefer to call it!). Wimbledon Radio will keep you updated as you move
Pick up your programmes at kiosks around the place, and choose your souvenirs in the Wimbledon
Shop. To get a sense of the history of The Championships, pop into the Wimbledon Museum.
Important exhibits include the kit worn by Britain’s Andy Murray when he won the men’s title last
summer (the first British man to do so in seventy-seven years – but you probably know that by now).
In the corridor under Centre Court, you can view his name on the list of previous winners.
You won’t go hungry, either. Outlets around the complex sell everything from snacks to meals, and
from ice creams to essential strawberries and cream. You can take your sandwiches back to your
place on Court One, or you could linger a while, and relax with that all-important Pimms and a jazz
band. In case we hit a hot spell like the one on Men’s Final day last year, drinking water fountains
are provided to refill those empty bottles.
Some people who are unsuccessful in the ballot opt to queue, but apart from the long wait (which
could last several days for finals weekend!), there’s no guarantee of entry. In a Newmarket Holidays
coach, you could sail past them all!