The Wimbledon 2009 draw
Where should we go?
Maria Kirilenko with centre court in the background
Some doubles action
Since we had such an amazing time at Roland Garros, we had to check out some more tennis this week at Wimbledon! Because we failed to get tickets through the official ballot, we had to join the queue early in the morning to secure tickets. Wimbledon is one of the only major sporting events that reserves a number of tickets for same day sale. For show court tickets, you have to camp out. Otherwise, you simply pay your 20 quid and get groundspasses (these allow you see all the outside courts). The process of the queue is taken very seriously and an entire 50 page pamphlet on the rules and regulations of the queue is handed to you as soon as you join the queue. Even though play did not start until 12 noon, we arrived at 7:30am. We immediately received our queue cards..numbers 4,464 and 4,465! This year I was more prepared for the long wait and spent the wait time enjoying a picnic breakfast of fresh fruit, croissants, bagels, and coffee, sleeping on a soft blanket, and reading the paper. It was actually a painless process and the time actually went by quite quickly. Before we knew it, were inside the grounds and enjoying a sun filled day of fantastic tennis. Because it was only the third day of the tournament, many great players were on the outside courts and we were able to see players like Vera Zvonareva (#7 in the world), Nadia Petrova (#10 in the world), Agnieszka Radwanska (#11 in th world), Tommy Robredo (#15 in the world). and the Bryan Brothers (#1 ranked men's doubles team in the world).