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The All England Tennis Club, Church Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 5AE
The crowds descended on the All England Lawn Tennis Club for a fortnight of racquet-wielding entertainment. V&E headed to SW19 to check out Keith Prowse’s hospitality offering and, of course, some world-class tennis.
Booing a player on arrival isn’t particularly sporting, but the crowd seemed hell-bent on making their feelings known to France’s number one, Marion Bartoli. Earlier that day, trailing Sloane Stephens at the end of the first set, she called for postponement after a few spots of rain. A little derision seemed apt.
After a week of shock departures, the atmosphere in The Gatsby Club was charged with speculation as to who would make it to the final eight of this ‘Wild’ Wimbledon.
The menu was in good hands with Albert Roux once again in charge of the catering. Our favourite course had to be the handsome fruits de mer platter for two (although I’d have happily taken one on single handed), with lobster, winkles, whelks and oysters, served up on seaweed and ice.
It was great to see Serena Williams’ defeater Sabine Lisicki in the flesh, but the Bartoli/Stephens nail biter was our match of the day. Alas, the rain came, but it was nothing a swift buggy ride back, afternoon tea and a violin serenade couldn’t make up for. Play resumed and Bartoli took the win. Damn it.
Best bit: aside from the tennis? The chance to meet Monsieur Roux.
Room for improvement: timing. Dessert wasn’t served until after the first match had started. Cheese that good should never be shovelled.
Suppliers: Lanson Champagne, Evian, Lavazza, to name a few.