On Tuesday 12th June, 14 Year 9 students attended the AEGON Tennis Championships at The Queens Club in London.
Following a complete wash-out of the event due to the rain the day before, we were pleased to see that the forecast was due to be dry all day. Despite this, the students hadÂ to wait patiently until almost 1pm for the first match to be played. When it finally got going we enjoyed watching British Number 2 James Ward play South African Kevin Anderson, former World Number 1 Lleyton Hewitt losing to 6 foot 10 giant Ivo Karlovic, and match of the day Marcos Baghdatis narrowly beating Frederico Gil. The group watched the majority of play and learnt a lot about the game, as well as understanding the etiquette of watching tennis and how new technology has progressed the game – all of which will be of great use to them as they embark on the GCSE PE course in September.
One benefit of The Queens Club is that the players wander from club house to courts in amongst the crowds, providng plenty of autograph opportunities. The yearly challenge of who could get the most, saw some hot competition between the boys, with a few even managing to get Jamie Murray’s. However, Harry Fitzpatrick and Jamie Griggs were champions of the day, each getting 10 autographs as well as a number of photos (although I’m not sure they could name them all!)
Play stopped as the cold and the dark drew in, so we headed back home, having had a very enjoyable day
Mrs Winnett and Mr Woods