Wimbledon is undoubtedly the most prestigious and anticipated tennis event within the summer sporting calendar.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) is home to many priceless moments of sporting brilliance, all captured and cherished for generations. Wimbledon is a tennis tournament where a pulsating 60 seconds on the court can trigger ecstatic jubilation and crippling heartbreak in equal measure.
There are many things a Briton can do without in life, but the illustrious Wimbledon Championship certainly isn’t one of them.
History of Wimbledon
From 1877, the prestigious tournament has been played out on the South West London complex’s 18 grass courts, including the iconic Centre Court and Number 1 Court, under the watchful eyes of the dark green and purple-clad army of officials.
The highly disciplined ball boys and girls act as invaluable cogs in the well-oiled machine, scurrying here and there without a trace, ensuring the fortnight-long competition runs smoothly with efficiency and grace.
It is a competition that deservedly sits at the top of the tennis tree and is recognised as the premier tournament across the world for its core values of class and tradition. From its tantalisingly tasty strawberries, lightly drizzled with delicious cream, to its Champagne – as chilled as its cosmopolitan clientele – this magnificent tournament truly embodies the meaning of quality.
A sumptuous fine dining experience at Wimbledon adds another layer of eminence to an already extravagant event. The sublime Renshaw Restaurant, located within Court One, is held solely for debenture ticket holders and offers a delightful air of exclusivity for guests who want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the busy occasion as they indulge in a splendid three-course a la carte meal.
Alternatively, the superb Lakeview Restaurant – located within the Wimbledon Park Golf Club, allows honoured guests to enjoy fabulous panoramic views of the stunning Centre Court whilst savouring an exquisite four-course luncheon, prepared expertly by Michelin starred chef – Angela Hartnett.
Arrival sets the tone for the day, with both sumptuous restaurant facilities offering an exquisite Champagne and Pimms reception, to greet distinguished visitors in impeccable style before they are spoiled with a delectable afternoon tea selection. After satisfying their palatial palates, the gratified guests can enjoy a short, picturesque walk through the enclosure to the glimmering Centre Court gates as they prepare to watch some of the event’s exhilarating on-court action.
Some might say this wonderful fine dining experience is just as important as the occasion itself. But the finery and luxury of Britain’s most illustrious summer event belies the fact that it merely provides the backdrop for world-class, high octane, sinew-straining action on the court.
For generations, Wimbledon has sought to attract the most vibrant and decorated gladiators of the sport, who often travel from far and wide to go toe to toe with their fiercest rivals on the court. Over the years, Andy Murray’s scintillating performances have sent the crowd into overdrive. Euphoric roars echo around Centre Court as the crowds cheer on their favourite to win.
Each year, hundreds of thousands will once again flock to this historic venue – with Royals and A List celebrities alike – to catch a glimpse of yet another sensational sporting contest. An astonishing 500,000 fans are expected to attend Wimbledon, with some dedicated enthusiast’s queuing for a record sixty hours in order to cheer on their cherished sporting heroes. Many have even pitched up at the gates of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, as they desperately try to take pole position for passes to witness the captivating tennis action.
Each year, the UK holds out hopes that a Brit will claim the tennis champion title, as Andy Muray did in 2013 and 2016.
Event-goers are also desperate for fellow Brit, Johanna Konta, to rise to prominence as she proudly flies the British flag once again at the prestigious tournament. The Women’s British Number one has so far enjoyed a mixed season on grass courts, having reached the Open final at Nottingham, but crashed out of the Classic in Birmingham following a comprehensive defeat to America’s Coco Vandeweghe. She did, however, revive her form with a tremendous run at Eastbourne before an unfortunate injury concern forced her to withdraw. Her inclusion in this tournament will certainly make for spectacular viewing.
Above all, the one word that best describes this tumultuous occasion is ‘quality’. Quality is the perfect business plan for any organisation. It is remembered long after the price is forgotten and is the finest form of advertising. Quality is never created by chance. It is always the result of high intention, serious effort, intelligent direction and proficient execution, and it is everything that the Wimbledon Championship proudly represents.
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