Wimbledon 2011

1 Jul

Just last week, I had the chance to go to Wimbledon, one that would’ve been impossible if not for my aunt and cousin who came visiting. Initially, it wasn’t even part of my plans, but as fate would have it, I made it there on the second day of play. Now Wimbledon is one of those places which if you follow even a tiny bit of tennis, you would know is sort of like the Mecca of the sport and you have to consider yourself very lucky to get the chance to experience it. It truly is the experience of a life time.

Speaking of experience, we were part of this tour type of thing called, no surprises here, The Wimbledon Experience. We were picked up in a mini-van at Southfields Station (that was beautifully done up to look like a tennis court) and from there, we were taken to the Experience Club, where we were given loads of Wimbledon merchandise.

While we were at it, we could also make good use of the free drinks *wink wink* and snacks, which of course we devoured with much relish.

My cousin, as seen in this picture, is as obsessed with taking pictures of himself with food, as I am. Guess it runs in the family!

But as we got out of there and on to our way to Court 1, it started to rain, and  it wouldn’t stop. We were worried we might lose the entire day’s play. To cheer ourselves up, we of course had the Wimbledon classic – strawberries and cream. This has been my dad’s dream – to watch a match while eating strawberries and cream- and I felt like I was living his dream and missed him immensely : ) The strawberries were large and crunchy under the teeth and the cream, which was smooth and cold, was the perfect accompaniment with the fruit. I have to say though, that I wish the cream was a bit sweeter.

We then made a tiny visit to the Wimbledon Museum, which was an amazing experience in itself. There was so much about Tennis history that I did not know and it turned out to be an amazing eye-opener, and also a confirmation of my love of the sport. I especially loved the the presentation by a Vitrual McEnroe about the evolution of tennis from the time that he came in until now;  and the screening of the best Wimbledon moments according to the visitor’s choice.

After hanging around like refugees till about 2 in the afternoon, the authorities announced that they would begin the day’s play (yes!) and so we made our way to Court 1 and waited. The sun soon came out and was applauded and cheered by the crowd that was waiting so patiently. For the first few minutes it was hard to believe that I was actually there, watching a Wimbledon match live at Wimbledon!

We were lucky to see Andy Murray play  as well as Petra Kvitkova among the women, who won the Semi-finals today. To celebrate, we gluggled some tasty Pimm’s with summer fruits (just perfect to go with the scorching sun)!

We left at about 8 in the evening, tired but exhilarated by the experience. We ended with a filling and delicious meal at Wagamama in Euston, an appropriate ending, to an eventful day.

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3 Responses to “Wimbledon 2011”

  1. Swati Mavshi July 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    Superb Shriyu..I lived that day again…

  2. Shoe July 7, 2011 at 3:06 am #

    AMAZING! Love the food pictures… I was living vicariously, although… the scorching sun? In the UK? Really? 😛

  3. camille July 9, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    all that food seems so delicious! it got me hungry! love ur blog!

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