As we prepare for the, politely late, arrival of the English spring ones thoughts can’t but help turn to The Championships, now less than 100 days away. Can Roger Federer, just a couple of weeks shy of his 37th (Yes THIRTYSEVEN) birthday pick up his 8th Gentlemen’s title, the man passed the God like status a good number of Slams ago. The demand for tickets to see him open his title defence on 1st Monday, July 2nd, has been incredibly strong with prices about 50% higher than the following days. He will retire one day, don’t be spending the rest of your life regretting not seeing the greatest tennis player this planet has ever produced.
However, it’s not ALL about RF, whilst Top 4 men’s tennis seems to resemble a episode of Casualty it does appear as if the Big Guns are patching themselves up for the Big One. RF of course has chosen to annoy Nadal again by skipping the clay season, hardly surprising given that strategies success last year. Rafa himself is back on court this week in Monte Carlo along with Djokovic, Cilic, Dimitrov and Nishikori, Kyle Edmund will be representing the British.
Much of the Ladies attention will be focused on Serena, having given the rest of the Ladies a shot at Slamming whilst she took a year out she is now back and the Ladies title in SW15 will be her top goal. The Ladies competition looks much more open than the Gentlemen’s, at least according to the bookies. Serena is favourite at 4/1 you then have a ‘pack’ including Kvitova, Muguruza (Holder), Pliskova, Kerber and Sharapova all in the 7/1-10/1 bucket. As has always been the case the Ladies Days tickets present the best value for a day at Wimbledon and produce very exciting tennis in the second week. Second Tuesday tickets can be obtained for £750 (+VAT), if you have never experienced The Championships this is cracking value, you will remember the day long after you have forgotten the price.
It is incredible how quickly you can pass an entire day at The Championships, your Centre Court Debenture Seat allows you access to all of The Grounds, viewing matches close up on the outside courts from 11:00 or watching the Big Beasts practice. I always leave Wimbledon exhilarated by the sport, delighted by the fare and simply proud to be English, it is a unique event.