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Wonderful Wimbledon!

Chris Doerr, Bromley Cricket Club Coach, offers us his review of some of the tennis played on key days at this year's Wimbledon Tennis Championship.

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Super Sunday at Wimbledon

The Sunday before Wimbledon has never meant anything for me. My day was pretty well planned out with seeing my old coach at Wimbledon and then watching England play Italy. Despite what England did, (I wont repeat it again), my old coach managed to get me a player's pass for the whole championships. This player's pass allowed me to go anywhere so join me on my tour behind the greatest tennis tournament in the world.

Rolling like a Big Shot

Sunday's day turned from a simple lunch to living up with some big shots. As well as brushing past Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer; I managed to have a little conversation with Patrick Rafter. Being inside the player's bit at the practise courts allowed me to really see how players warm-up and prepare. Most players were loosening up for the next, however Nadal was perfecting his grass-court game for three hours against Feliciano Lopez and Kevin Anderson. It was amazing to see him be so focused on meticulous about everything compared to Djokovic and Murray who were more relaxed. The difference between the top players and how they prepare has always been intriguing. What was then even funnier was the player's eatery. I grabbed some pasta which I got to design myself. Robin Haase actually asked for the same thing which was put a little pride into my lunch-choosing ability. I walked past a table of Janko Tipsarevic, Milos Raonic and Jarkko Niemenen where 'Tipsy' was ripping Niemenen apart for being Finish. It was just a bit of banter but great to see. My day ended with a great conversation on the balcony in regards to performance coaching from my old coach, who coaches Jamie Lee Hampton among others.

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Tuesday: Time for the Test

With my player's pass on my chest and some blue tape all over my left shoulder (damaged cartilage a few weeks ago); I was ready to brace the crowds of SW19. Tuesday boded some good matches on the order of play.

I managed to sit and watch Jesse Levine on an outside court. He managed to beat Karol Beck in four sets. There is something about watching two people on the outside courts battle it out for money and ranking points that really gives out the grand slam spirit. It is all good watching Nadal win in straight sets but the hard work, sweat and tears are always found on the outside courts. Great to watch.

After that match, I decided to grab some lunch and go to the practise courts. I was treated at the practise courts with Murray warming up with Jamie Baker, David Ferrer, Gasquet and Tsonga hitting. The two hour stint I spent there was capped off by watching Novak Djokovic and Giles Simon play some practise points. From there I went on a little British hunt. Watching the Brits almost make it at Wimbledon seems to be a tradition. However, Johanna Konta showed great fight to push Christina McHale deep into the third set before only just losing. I then moved on to Court 14 to see James Ward. Ward was having a topsy turvy match. After losing the first set to Pablo Andujar, he won the second 6-0, lost the third and claimed the fourth 6-3. The final set started badly as he lost his serve early but claimed a break back before showing some good self-belief and managed to win. He will be rewarded with a match against Mardy Fish on Thursday.

What started out as a great day ended in rain, of course. However, it was great to see everything and hang around some top players. Amazing to see how well they cope with losing, I have to strangely admit that.

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