Tuesday 3 July 2012

Wimblemund 2012: day 8

Serena Williams (US) bt. Petra Kvitova (CZ) 6-3, 7-5
Angelique Kerber (D) bt. Sabine Lisicki (D) 6-3, 6-7(7), 7-5

Here's one - I don't like the Centre Court roof. POW. That was the sound of your mind being blown.

I don't. This year, Wimbledon weather at the start of the second week has been dreich. Thank heavens for Scotland and Scottish people, without which I would have not had a word at hand to describe the bloody awful dreary weather. But if you're prejudiced against our skirted brethren, then it is just that. The weather has been bloody awful, dreary weather. Drizzle. Rain. Wind. Like the weather people in other countries think the weather in the UK is like all the time, but in fact it isn't. Although at the moment it is.

These summers come about once in a while, though, and we have to work around it with our social whirl of super fun sporting and social events where people in striped blazers sit on boats and drink Pimm's. Wimbledon is one of the most striped blazer and Pimm's events going, and as such I would like to argue that putting a lid on Centre Court has ruined everything.

There's an air of unreality about the whole thing. We know that there's no such thing as a Wimbledon washout any more. Guaranteed live tennis every day for a fortnight! But at what cost? Well, eighty million pounds. But also tradition and good old-fashioned British spunk. I always get the feeling that these Centre Court matches are exhibition events, different from the normal draw. As such, I always feel a bit cheated that they are played by the world's best tennis players and count towards the tournament.

My solution: use the roof but then just use the time for actual exhibition tennis. Little and Large versus Mike and Bernie Winters in the men's invitational comedy doubles. But first, John Bishop plays a best-of-three set match against a bear for Sport Relief.

Letting Roger Federer go through to the semi-finals because he beat Jeanette Krankie in four can never be right.

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