the centre court buzz
Kate and Meghan lead the way
In tailored suits and shades worth more
Than all the clothes I own.
But all are rich, sitting eating cream
And strawberries like rubies in the bowl,
Evian on tap unless the Champagne’s popped
And when the players walk out onto court
That crowd erupts in cheers so tempered by
The English sensibilities. The dreams
Of tennis girls go up in flames
And unknowns win a flurry of top games.
This is the place where dreams are made,
This is our Centre Court – our stage.
So, Wimbledon Tennis Tournament started yesterday and we’ve already been treated to some great tennis, especially if you are a Brit and you were rooting for Emma or Andy. Both of our tennis superstars won on Centre Court and it just reminds us how special the place is.
Emma Raducanu had never actually played on Centre Court before and it was lovely to see her enjoying the experience. She seems to be the type of player who thrives on pressure and so that atmosphere probably served her well.
And then there’s the magic of seeing royalty and celebrities gracing the spectator area. Nobody will forget the 2018 championship when Kate and Meghan turned up together and everyone was whispering, wondering if they actually even liked each other.
My own personal anecdote comes courtesy of a friend I used to work with. A couple of years ago, her brother won a wild card ticket into the main championship and then he got through the first two rounds. Nobody had heard of him before and he ended up playing Federer on Centre Court.
For an hour or so we watched him on the telly, and we yelped every time the camera panned up to my friend in the royal box. He got hammered by Federer, but what an experience. It was like watching something out of a Hollywood movie.