Well, I’ve been unsuccessful two years in a row in securing tickets for Wimbledon (unless some miracle happens between now and July), but last week a broker M works with offered him two tickets to the Queen’s Club Championship Finals, which is kind of a warm-up for Wimbledon and draws some major players, and we jumped at the chance to go.
We got a babysitter for the girls and enjoyed that rare treat: a day date!
We arrived early and wandered around the grounds and got some lunch. Our tickets also included passes for the members’ enclosure, which was a nice cool tent with much shorter queues for the bars and the bathrooms. It was a good place to take a shade break, because it is an exceptionally sunny summer week in London right now!
We got some Pimm’s, the classic British tennis-watching drink, to take with us to our seats and discovered our seats were in the fourth row of one of the premium sections—score!
The singles final was Marin Cilic v Novak Djokovic, and it was an intense match. It was really close the whole time, and went to three sets.
Cilic has incredible power, with his serves clocking in around 130 mph, and he ultimately won the match in what was the longest final in the tournament’s history.
The doubles final was Bruno Soares and Jamie Murray (whom we saw at the ATP Finals in November) v Henri Kontinen and John Peers, but we didn’t stay for that match because the singles’ match took so long, and we needed to get home to our girls.
Watching great tennis and drinking Pimm’s in the sun—a pretty pleasant way to spend a Sunday in June!