Thursday, June 28, 2001
Late yesterday afternoon, John and Marianne let Kathy in on their “surprise” for today… we’re going to Wimbledon!!!
Not only are we going to see matches on both Centre Court and Court No. 1, but we’re also going to be dining in the Member’s Enclosure of the All-England Lawn Tennis Association!!! John is friends with and has a business association with an LTA member who sets things up for us!
He meets us at the gate and escorts us into the Member’s Enclosure area for tea and coffee. He then gives us a quick tour of the grounds. A very large projection TV is set in front of a slope, to provide those not fortunate enough to have match tickets with a way of seeing the premier matches!
We have a wonderful lunch in the exclusive dining room. Kathy has “authentic” Wimbledon strawberries and cream for dessert. She says they’re “sooooooooooopah”!!!!!!
And now… it’s match time! Marianne (a huge tennis fan!) and Kathy (an Andre Agassi fan!) head to Centre Court to see Agassi absolutely destroy his opponent. In addition, they see Lindsey Davenport breeze through her match. John and I get a much better match, with last year’s runner-up, Pat Rafter of Australia, winning his contest in 5 sets.
We join the girls back for tea, scones, and strawberries & cream… then it’s time for more tennis! The girls see the “big name” stars, including Venus Williams in a singles match and Martina Navratalova in a doubles match, but John and I get the match of the day… a 5-set thriller between Aussie Leyton Hewitt and U.S. product Taylor Dent. Hewitt, the #5 seed, comes out victorious in a stunning match, but Dent is a player with a bright future.
It’s back to the Member’s Enclosure for another round of “Pimms”, a popular Wimbledon beverage, before heading home. Kathy bought Dr. Cox (a huge tennis fan) a Wimbledon cap. He will be extreeeeeeeeeeeeeemly jealous that Kathy was at Wimbledon. (snicker)
Exhausted, but well chuffed (!), we return for our last night in Alveston Manor. We have had a great time in Stratford-upon-Avon… but it’s time to go. 🙁