January 12, 2019
What’s so special about buying tickets for the first week of Wimbledon? Many people think it’s the best week of all!
Everything is so fresh, so exciting. We have waited all year for this: and at last the gates open, we walk into the beautiful All England Club, and we know it is ours to enjoy again, in all its magnificence – the highlight of the British summer.
We feel history in the air and we wonder what fresh history will be created over the next fortnight. The sense of anticipation is unbeatable in world sport.
The buzz and the sheer joy of the first and second days is unsurpassed by anything that follows, however dramatic.
We rub shoulders with celebrities and we know the tennis entertainment will last almost until the sun goes down on those long and sultry English summer evenings.
All the top stars will play, win or lose, in the first week.
True, Manic Monday, at the start of the second week, sees everyone left in the men’s and women’s singles tournaments play on the same day. It’s special, there is no denying it.
And what follows manic Monday are the big-time, high-pressure, business-end matches, with more riding on each clash as the second week progresses. That is mouth-watering.
But if you want to guarantee seeing your favourite player, you have to buy tickets for the first week. Why? Just look what happened to Stan Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios in 2017, for example! Both stars suffered early exits.
In 2013, even the great Roger Federer was knocked out in the first week, by the unknown Sergiy Stakhovsky. That was in the second round – and Rafael Nadal had been beaten in the first that year.
Still not convinced? Look at the women’s tournament in 2015.
The biggest thrill came on the first Friday when home-grown Heather Watson pushed Serena Williams all the way and almost won. What an atmosphere on Centre Court that day! Unforgettable!
And by the end of the first week, only four of the top ten women’s seeds were still standing. Two-time champion Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber, who would win the Australian Open barely six months later, were long gone by Week Two of Wimbledon 2015.
In 2017, Jo Konta’s 10-8 victory over Donna Vekic was one of the highlights of the championships and that happened on the first Wednesday.
So the fact is, Week One of Wimbledon has so much to offer. Don’t underestimate the intensity of the pleasure. From the very first minutes of the tournament, and the tingle they bring; to the sheer volume of incredible action, its relentlessness and the euphoria that comes with it; right through to the first deep breath you can take, on that first Saturday evening, when you take stock of the sporting riches you’ve already witnessed, and assess who is left standing.
By the end of the first week at Wimbledon this summer, we know there will have been shocking upsets and gripping tennis drama, set against a magical backdrop that provides a unique fusion of glamour and history, evident wherever you look.
Why wait until the second week to taste all this? Why miss out on the earlier drama?
For those of us who know and love Wimbledon and have been going there for decades, the first week is every bit as enticing as the second week.
That’s the simple truth of the matter.
We’d strongly advise that you try to experience both weeks, if you can. Then you will know the true charm of Wimbledon in all its glory. Book your Wimbledon Tickets with us today and don’t miss out on a second of grand slam action!