The Wimbledon Survival Guide
It’s that time of year again when the masses flock to SW 19 to watch the world’s greatest tennis players battle it out in white on the lush grass courts of Wimbledon. It’s more than just a tennis tournament; it’s a British institution and one of the most sought after things to do in London during the summer. If you’ve been lucky enough to get your hands on a golden ticket to Centre Court or you’ve scored a ground pass to Henman Hill then here’s our guide to surviving the UK’s favourite sporting event.
This is England so you can be sure as sure can be that at some point during the Wimbledon festivities the heavens will open. It wouldn’t be Wimbledon without at least one rain shower. Therefore, don’t leave home without your umbrella. Go for something big and bright to stand out from the crowd so that your friends at home can spot you on TV. And, just in case the sun does decide to put its hat on then slap on some sun cream before you leave the house too.
Pack your Binoculars
Not only will they give you an up close and personal view of all the action on court (as well as Nadal’s legs) but you can also do some star spotting and check out what her Royal Highness is up to in the Royal Box.
Strawberries and Cream
Even if you don’t like the fruit, it’s compulsory to eat at least one bowl of strawberries and cream. No visit to Wimbledon is complete without it whether you pack your own or purchase on site (freshly picked the day before and carefully inspected). And then wash it down with the customary glass of Pimms. Tip: Leave your egg or curried chicken sandwiches at home as “strong smelling food” is strictly prohibited.
Cheering (or lack of)
There are no hooligans here so leave your Klaxons and banners behind (you’re not at the football). The Brits take their tennis very seriously so you must remain stoically silent during play and only applaud a well played point. No shouting, swearing or booing.
While the players still have to stick to the traditional all white attire (the only tennis tournament that still requires this), you can wear any colour you like. Again, preferably something eye catching so that the folks at home can spot you on TV. That said, have some decorum. Avoid “oversized hats” and don’t even think about removing your shirt. Remember, you’re in the presence of the Royal Family.
Now all that remains is for Britain to finally succeed on home turf again and win the Championships. Andy Murray, our money’s on you. If you’re not going to make it to Wimbledon this year, you can recreate all the action with a bowl of strawberries and cream at home by watching the live coverage on the official website.
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