Enjoy Wimbledon!

| June 22, 2011 | 0 Comments
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The Wimbledon Tennis Championship

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The eyes of the world fall on the leafy suburb of Wimbledon in south-west London for two weeks every year.

The Wimbledon Championships, which got under way on June 20, is a highlight of the sporting calendar, but it’s much more than just a tennis tournament. It’s actually the oldest tennis tournament around, although that’s not what makes it really stand out. No, it’s the selection of quintessential British traditions and quirks that make it so appealing and create such a buzz for a frantic fortnight of watching the best of the best slog it out at the All England Club.

The unpredictable English weather and the fact that Wimbledon is the only grand slam to be staged on grass just adds to the intrigue and interest surrounding what is a much-loved sporting institution.

Why is it so popular? It’s hard to know where to start! Over its 125-year history – it reaches that particular milestone this year – Wimbledon has served up so many memories. From John McEnroe’s infamous ‘you cannot be serious’ rant to the longest-ever tennis match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut, which took place in 2010 and lasted an astonishing 11 hours and five minutes.  From Sir Cliff Richards singing in the rain to a streaker interrupting the 1996 men’s final wearing only an apron. These are just a selection of the weird and wonderful Wimbledon tales to emerge from the decades.

Enjoying a generous serving of strawberries and cream and a glass of Pimms or champagne is also as much a part of the culture of Wimbledon as the tennis itself, as is savouring the atmosphere up on ‘Murray Mound’, or ‘Henman Hill’, as it was once known. These are named after Andy Murray and Tim Henman respectively, who have both carried the hopes of a nation on their shoulders in recent years.

It’s not just the British public, though, that have a love affair with Wimbledon, as it attracts visitors from around the globe, each cheering on their fellow countrymen and women. The great thing about the tournament is that you can still feel part of it even if you’re not one of the fortunate few that have tickets to see the likes of world-beaters Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Caroline Wozniacki and the Williams sisters in action.

Just being in the grounds of Wimbledon is enough to sample what the great Fred Perry described as “a very nostalgic place” and it’s a place easily accessible no matter where you stay in the English capital, whether you’re lodging in a hostel or one of the hotels and apartments available from companies like London Nights.

Anyone thinking of heading to Wimbledon either this year or in the future should be warned, though, that people queue outside for hours before a day’s play is due to get under way, so be prepared and be patient – it’s definitely worth the wait!

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