8 July 2007
This year we were lucky enough to win tickets in the Wimbledon ticket draw
again, and this time for Centre Court on the final Sunday - though that luck
meant that this year's visit cost £87 each! After 10 days of rain, wondering if
we would see any play at all, or if we would end up with quarter or semi finals,
the skies cleared and the originally planned Men's final and Mixed Doubles final
were planned for Centre Court.
At five past one, the few spectators are entertained by a band. Our seats, in
row X, were relatively high up, but right in line with the centre line of the
court, and provided an excellent view. This is a unique view, too, since next
year Centre Court, having gained extra seating around the top, will have a roof
again, and the year after will have a retractable roof, so 2007 is the only year
for the "naked" court.
A close-up of the band on Centre Court.
After a wander round and some excellent ice-cream, we return to our seats where
the crowd is rapidly assembling.
The officials appear
And Roger Federer, in his slightly ridiculous outfit, and Rafael Nadal, toss the
coin to see who will serve first.
A full house watching the first set
Federer prepares to return the ball to Nadal. It was a very good game of tennis,
with quality play and a good ebb-and-flow of fortunes to keep everyone guessing
as to where the match was going.
But eventually it had to end, and after 5 sets and 3 ¾ hours,
Federer has match point
And he wins, to make it five titles in a row, equalling Borg's record.
Preparing for the presentation ceremony
Federer shows off his trophy to the crowd
Next it was the Mixed Doubles final: Jamie Murray and Jelena Jankovic face Jonas
Bjorkman and Alicia Molik. Murray and Jankovic were unseeded, neither having
played mixed doubles before this tournament, but have beaten a series of seeds
to reach the final.
Jelena Jankovic. The crowd, having thoroughly enjoyed a quality game of tennis
in the Men's final, are now very partisan, cheering on Jamie (and Jelena).
Murray about to return the ball.
As the evening draws in, the stadium is only half full, but is more vocal than
when full earlier, and with Jankovic serving at 5-1 in the final set, have every
reason to be
Game, set, and match to Murray and Jankovic, making Jamie the first British
champion at Wimbledon for 20 years. Let's hope little bro can overcome his
injury problems and do well in the singles next year.
So, an expensive day, but a great day. 2008 ballot here we come!