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Went for the first time today – a great experience (it helped that the weather was perfect – sunny, but not too hot). Queued for 3 hours to get a ground ticket (ie. access to courts 3-19) and got in just after 5pm.
Despite watching Wimbledon on TV for years, what I never realised was the amount of foot traffic around the complex – spectators are constantly on the move between courts, though generally they are only allowed to enter courts when players are changing ends to avoid disruption. Also surprising was the lack of rowdiness both on and off the courts. When the matches were being played, the crowds were quiet and I didn’t hear a single mobile phone ringtone go off!
I thought that it was really well organised. Everywhere is clearly signposted, and there are tons of stewards around to direct you or answer questions. And I loved the hanging baskets of white and purple flowers – great colour co-ordination :)
A very special moment for me was watching Andy Murray beginning his comeback in the third set. He was 2 sets to love 5-4 down and Gasquet was serving for the match. It was thrilling to be there on a jam-packed Aorangi Terrace with the crowd around us on tenterhooks as he clawed back vital points. When he won the set, hearing the roar of the Centre Court crowd live and the delight of the crowd around us was just wonderful. Onto the quarter finals against Nadal now!over 4 years ago