Since a young age I've always loved sport. It's something that has been a massive bonding point for me and my dad since i don't have a brother. I will sit and watch anything if i can get tickets, i love the atmosphere of being at a game/ match as well as the thrill and inspiration i feel by watching someone that is so good at their craft. Me and dad will always find an excuse to watch something whether it's our home basketball team, Plymouth Raiders, or going to watch the Dodgers play baseball out in LA. He's even been a good enough sport to take me to watch Chelsea play (and win), despite being a devoted Manchester United fan.
Last summer, i was finally lucky enough to get myself tickets to Wimbledon. Something I've wanted to do since i was a little girl having always played tennis. I generally don't watch a lot of sport on TV, i get easily distracted and hate wearing my glasses to stare at a screen, but Wimbledon is something i can sit and watch for hours - plus I love champagne and strawberries.
Being British, i feel Wimbledon is a great tribute to our culture and heritage. The grounds are immaculate and every detail, down to the length of each blade of grass (cut to a height of 8mm) is taken into consideration, showing how much time, care and attention is put into making the whole experience something special.
I managed to get myself tickets to Day 1 - Center Court, despite this not seeming anything special, it was amazing, everything was freshly painted, the courts were all pristine and lush due to not having been played on and everyone was exciting for the beginning of another grand slam.
Our tickets got us into watch Federer and then Nedal later in the day. I've always wanted to see Federer play, someone that is so great at what he does and it was magical to be there and watch him play, his skill truly is untouchable and he moves so effortlessly around the court. We wanted to make sure we did everything your suppose to do at Wimbledon, having strawberries and champagne were obviously a must and being such a warm and sunny day we sat outside people watching in-between match. They do actually let you take your own alcohol (one bottle per person)... and food in to Wimbledon, so it doesn't actually have to be an expensive day out if you don't want it to be.
I do not have nearly enough words or photographs to sum up my day at Wimbledon, despite having been to a lot of sporting events i honestly don't feel any of the others came as close to how much of an experience it was. However, despite being a ballot to gain tickets, they are incredibly hard to get and you need to apply in September for them! But, you can turn up on the day and purchase a grounds pass, people generally sell their court tickets on when they go to leave for the day so there is always the chance that you might get to go into a court, but that isn't really vital as their are outside courts you can sit/ stand and watch if you go within the first week of play or there is always Henman Hill!