Took a day off to the Queen’s Club in London to watch the Aegon Championships today. It used to be called Stella Artois Championships. Anyway it was the first time I went to the Queen’s Club in West Kensington. The venue is much smaller than Wimbledon. But I think there are more ground courts sitting areas for people to comfortably sit down and watch tennis. Particularly when there is good weather like we had today. It was a wonderful day out.To be honest, I may be more a football fan than tennis, but I think I enjoy watching tennis like this better than watching football game in a stadium. To be able to get so close to the players, and feel all the actions going on in the court. Very enjoyable. I mean it will be difficult to beat the atmosphere in a stadium if the fans did turn up, and start singing and cheering. But it is so much more relaxing watching tournament tennis, where you can watch tennis the whole day, in the accompany of very civil audience. The atmosphere is certainly very different. And you don’t always have to spend all the time watching tennis. You can have a break and have drinks with your family or friends outdoor or in the dining area.We’ll miss Wimbledon this year. So maybe we’ll find more people there next year. Meanwhile, it’s back to work again tomorrow.
It’s Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final today. For the third time in a row, it’s Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal. Can Roger win the Wimbledon for the 6th time in a row? Or is Rafael going to break Roger’s dominance on grass surface? Oh, I’m feeling nervous now. The final is supposed to start in about an hour’s time. But the weather forecast for today is not good. It was raining quite heavily just now in Reading. In fact there’s a likelihood that the tournament organiser may have to postpone the final to Monday due to the heavy downpour.
Here are some photos I’ve taken when we went to Wimbledon on Day 5 last week. We got Court No 1 tickets through the public ballot. Quite lucky. So for the first time we don’t have to queue to get into the All England Tennis Club. And we get to see women’s current world number 1 Ana Ivanovic and Lleyton Hewitt. But we wished we had the Centre Court tickets instead, as Roger Federer was playing there! Sigh, maybe next year…
For the first time since 2005, Roger Federer has failed to reach the final in a grand slam. I had a feeling that he might not anyway, he has not been in his supreme form throughout the Australian Open.I have always wondered how he kept himself motivated having won so many grand slam titles. Being the best must be so lonely and more so when you have been the best for the past three years. May be this is a good break for him to give himself some motivation to do better next time. But it is of course a little disappointing for the fans because everyone expects to see him win the title. Personally, I am not too bothered. I still think he is the best player out there and he is only 26, he has many years to come to stay in the game. No matter what happens from now on, he will always be remembered as one of the best tennis player ever, and perhaps the most deserved winner.
The lessons from BBC on how to handle the tennis racquet for different shots are excellent! I’m so proud that the grip I use for serving is a correct one, as I was trying to teach what I think is the right grip to W the other day. Unbelievable, I’m a genius :)We had a game yesterday and I’m so pleased that my forehand shots have improved. It’s incredible to see the difference, by just learning how to hold the tennis racquet properly. I’ve much better control on where I want to put to ball on the court. And you just know when you’ve hit the ball properly, from the sound, the feel etc. I think the grip makes a lot of difference on the amount of top spin that can be put on the ball, which somehow adds more power to the hits. Yesterday’s was the best tennis session yet for me. We are thinking of taking some tennis lessons soon this September. Let’s hope the coach has enough students to start the tennis class.