Wimbledon 2016 with Christy

Posted on 11 July 2016

There is something incredibly British about Wimbledon, from the queues, picnics and dress to the passion, pride and excitement of the championships themselves. Attending Wimbledon is something that I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember but knowing the difficulty of securing tickets for Centre Court, I never thought it would be something I would be able to experience for myself. When I was contacted by Christy, the official towel suppliers of the Championships, to say I was excited would have been a complete understatement.

Martyn White Visiting Wimbledon for the first time Wimbledon complex including Centre court buildingWimbledon crowds and Centre Court imagesFred Perry statue at Wimbledon Centre Court

The whole experience has been one that I will never forget, from the excitement of receiving my invitation, an impressive astroturf covered box, full official Wimbledon merchandise and personal embroidered Men's towel with an invitation printed onto five tennis balls! (I mean, can that be beaten!?) to arriving at the gates and getting to meet so many incredible people. I cannot thank the team at Christy enough for such an unforgettable moment.

Rain at Wimbledon Centre CourtWimbledon tennis court rain cover

Whilst the highlight of the day had to be seeing Andy Murray play at Centre Court, the famed British weather played a huge part in the unpredictability and humour of the day. Cheers erupted as the heavens opened and the court covers were quickly pulled over to protect the grass. I was surprised as to how much difference the roof made to the court as it slowly closed, amplifying sound and changing its surroundings. It was great to experience the many faces and challenges of the Championships and discover just how quickly the teams adapt to pull through. 

Andy Murray Arrives on Centre Court at Wimbledon 2016Andy Murray at the Wimbledon Tennis ChampionshipsWimbledon Centre Court panormaic photosTelevision cameras filming at Wimbledon Wimbledon official mens towel on centre court

After the nail biting match between Andy Murray and Liam Broady, it was time to enjoy another tradition, Champagne, strawberries and cream. This gave us a chance to discuss all things tennis and even learn a bit about the game from some of the experts in the group (Kate Baxter). As you can see from the images below, even the Champagne was tennis themed with it's very own Wimbledon polo shirt, for which I have kept to dress all my Champagne bottles in. 

 

Lanson Champagne official supplier of WimbledonLanson Champagne at Wimbledon

Whilst I am no tennis expert, the visit has given me a greater understanding of the game and a chance to experience the great atmosphere that everyone comments on. For those of you thinking to visit, I would definitely recommend it if you are able to get tickets. You can enter the park and watch the Centre Court games from the large screen on "Murray Mound" which has just as much drama to it, being surrounded by passionate tennis fans. 



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