Even the chavs are playing tennis in England when Wimbledon fever arrives!

Posted on June 23, 2009 by peacefulyorkshire

yahooavatar15 So what does an American lady living in England need to know about Wimbledon? To heck with guessing! Today I went and emailed the source. Here is the inside info from Ed, a British Tennis Coach working in Yorkshire.

In your opinion what unique things happen in Britain during Wimbledon?

It always feels to me the start of summer when Wimbledon comes on. You will hear words like “Hawk eye”. You will see tennis rackets begin thrown. Young ball boys barely over the age of 10 will be hit by balls traveling over 120 miles an hour. At least 2 people will pass out live on television with heat exhaustion. Cliff Richard, a 60 year old pop star from the 1960′s, will be invited to the semi final and the final. And if it rains at Wimbledon and the game has to stop, Cliff is handed the microphone and he sings to the crowd. Pimm’s comes out, as does strawberries and cream.  My tennis coaching school business booms.

What are your views on the great British hopeful Andy Murray?

This year will be extra exciting because the UK has a genuine championship hopeful. The last time Britain was this excited about Wimbledon was in the heyday of Tim Henman. Outside of the main area where all the posh people sit is a big hill in Wimbledon. If you can’t afford a ticket you can watch it on the big screen there. This was called “Henman Hill” when he was around. Now its called “Murray Mount”. So you will see over the next 2 weeks Britain work itself up into a wild world-cup style frenzy as Andy Murray progresses in the rounds.  Hope that answers your questions if not will see you and Mr. Chill tonight down at the pub later!

–E

P. S. Forget to mention for your blog readers that the biggest thing you will see is that suddenly all the deserted tennis courts across the UK suddenly fill up with people wanting to be Andy Murray against their friends. For these 2 weeks England stops begin a football crazy place and become s a tennis crazy one.Today as I was driving, even the chavs were rampaging their friends with tennis fever. I love it.

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What Others Are Saying

  1. Michelloui June 25, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    I like all the strawberries sold at special prices in Tescos when Wimbledon is on!

  2. Teri June 24, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Hi there,

    I occassionally leave comments on your site, most of them are going on about either ranch dressing or my neverending visa woes. well, alas, i am FINALLY back in london, living with my boyfriend and working (real working, not working from home while watching oprah every day and skype-ing into meetings), and reading your blog with a smile instead of envy. oh, and i’m finally going to wimbledon! tomorrow! hoorah!

    and the country really IS tennis crazy right now. it even inspired me to write a gumtree post looking for a tennis partner!

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