Yesterday was my second Olympic event and it was a ticket to Wimbledon, one of the most iconic tennis venues in the world. It is also home of the Wimbledon tournament which is played every July, and this year it was a great final with Federer defeating home-town, Murray. We arrived around 1230 and the first match was a women’s single match which included the number one women’s tennis player in the world, Victoria Azarenka. As we watched the first match, I remember looking around and thinking to myself that this can not be real. Just 2 weeks prior to this trip, I was watching Federer on TV playing at Wimbledon and now I’m in his presence!
The venue itself is top class, from the bathrooms to the actual seats. Since it’s the Olympics, all venues have to be “clean” of sponsorships, ads, etc so the venue just had purple banners around with only the Rings and the words “London 2012.” Our second match, was two of the top 10 players in the world, Djokovic vs. Tsonga. Djokovic is from Serbia and I believe he is number 3 or 4 in the world. Tsonga had more of a personality on the court, while Djokovic kept his game face on the entire match. During this game, we had the chance to take some photos of Will and Kate who were sitting front row across from us, however, they were only there a short amount of time. Again, just to be in their “presence” was unbelievable! Our third match was Federer vs. Isner, who hails from the United States. Isner is the tallest tennis athlete at 6’8, and it looks as if he’s playing on a kid’s court. Federer ended up winning the match, but Isner who is ranked top 30 or so in the world, definitely put up a good fight. Federer is a legend in the tennis world, so being able to watch him play is hard to put into words. It was truly one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and one I’ll never forget!
- Tatiana Bertolo