Monday, 2 July 2018
On Monday the 2nd of July Mr Kennedy and I took ten mostly top year tennis players to Wimbledon to watch the first day of the championships. The children got up at half-past six and had a simple breakfast of cereal and bacon sandwiches. Will and Seb then unlocked the whole school and successfully located many different coloured sharpies to make sure that we were well prepared for any autograph moments. We arrived in Wimbledon at about 11 o'clock and met Mr Kennedy Sr. who had kindly arranged a place for us to park the minibus.
Ten minutes later we made our day down the hill and into the All England club. Most of our tickets were on court 2. Here, Marin Cilic (last year's finalist) was playing Yoshihito Nishioka. We then met up and drew lots to decide our running order for visiting centre court. We had two tickets to share around for the course of the afternoon. Rachel and Immy were the lucky ones who got to see Roger Federer in action, who were closely followed by Izzy and Julia who saw a little bit of this match and then Caroline Wozniacki v Varvara Lepchenko. The rest of the children saw Stan Wawrinka v Grigor Dimitrov. By now the children had successfully secured the autograph of Marin Cilic but he had run off with Will's pen! Archie had also spotted Tim Henman.
Over on court 2 we settled down to a gripping match up between Venus Williams and Johanna Larsson which went to three sets. Finally, we were treated to an all french tie between Richard Gasquet v Gael Monfils. We all enjoyed this very much- especially the way Gasquet came into the net to play drop shots and his one-handed backhands. The children had a little bit of money to spend on souvenirs/strawberries and we picked up a programme each to remind us of the trip and help us follow the rest of the tournament. It was a great day and very fun.