Game, set and match
Champagne, strawberries and cream at the ready: the world’s most prestigious sporting tournament is back for another year of tense tennis action and obsessive monitoring of the weather. The drama reaches a climax on the final two days of the competition, with the much-anticipated Ladies’ and Men’s Finals on the Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Yes, Wimbledon really is how you always imagined it and more: pristine green lawns, strawberries and the vociferous (but always polite) appreciation of the tennis-loving crowd, as - in true British fashion - it gets behind either (a) the lone Brit left in the tournament; (b) Roger Federer; or (c) any underdog making a Herculean fightback. Will Federer lift the infamous trophy for a ninth time? How many people will squeeze on to Henman Hill, to watch a drama at dusk on the big screen? The championships are a little more crowded than when they were first played here in 1877 but there's always magic in the air.
I hope to have the chance may be one day to be in a Wimbledon final and have the chance to win the tournament. Winning eight is not something you can ever aim for
Roger Federer’s winning speech 2017
2-15 July 2018
The All England Lawn Tennis Club
London SW19 5AE
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