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A Child’s view of Wimbledon


June 26, 2014

My name is Luca Ryan, I’m nine-and-a-half and I’ve just spent an amazing day at Wimbledon.

On the way in we saw Andy and Jamie’s mum Judy Murray, which was pretty cool. We were going to watch her sons play too.

First it was Jamie. There were so many people at Court 8 that I couldn’t see and I had to sit up on my dad’s shoulders to get a good view.

Jamie Murray and John Peers were playing Dan Evans and James Ward and it was brilliant. Jamie played really well but Dan Evans got a bit angry when he was foot-faulted. Someone in the crowd shouted ‘You’re wearing the wrong shoes Dan’ and he didn’t seem to like that much either.

Jamie and John won the first set 6-2 but after that my dad said his shoulders were hurting too much and anyway my legs were full of pins and needles so we moved on. (I later found out Jamie and John took the other sets too, 6-4,6-4)

I was hungry anyway and my favourite part of lunch was the strawberries and cream. Some strawberries I have eaten aren’t very nice but these Wimbledon strawberries were another league! Yummy!

We just had time for me to get a birds-eye view of Wimbledon from up on the Roof Top and I even saw the umpire make a mistake during one of the outside court matches way below me!

Then we went to watch Andy Murray play on Court One against Blaz Rola. The atmosphere was great and Murray was in superb form. He beat Rola 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 although at one point the crowd started supporting Rola because they felt sorry for him!

One of the things I liked most about Wimbledon were the giant scoreboards. Not the electronic ones but the old-fashioned ones outside some of the courts. A lady was updating some of the scores by climbing a ladder! You could see everything that had been going on by looking at those colourful scoreboards and I loved it.

I spotted a famous ex-England footballer called Sol Campbell. One of my friends at school claims Sol Campbell is his uncle so we asked him. Sol Campbell had never heard of my friend which was a bit embarrassing.

I wanted to see the Williams sisters in action so we went over to Court Three. First there was a match between Victoria Azarenka and Bojana Jovanovski. They were both making loud noises when they hit shots. Azarenka’s sound was hilarious and Jovanovski’s sound was simply weird! To me it seemed like they were humiliating themselves every time they hit a shot but they played some fantastic tennis.

It was such an exciting match and there was a big shock. Azarenka was favourite because she was eighth seed but Jovanovski won 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. The crowd loved that because we had all decided to suppport Jovanowski.

By the time the Williams sisters came out it was almost time for me to go, because I had an inter-schools maths competition the next day.

But we stayed for a few games of their match against Oksana Kalashnikova and Olga Savchuk. From what I saw, I don’t think Serena Williams is going to win Wimbledon – not if she serves like that! Venus was having to do all the good work for her! But it was so cool to see them together because they are legends! (I later heard the Williams sisters won 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 but I was probably in bed by then).

All in all it had been such an amazing day. Wimbledon is very special and I thought it was all so well organised. I’d love to go again!

Luca Ryan

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