Wimbledon 20120 the 126th Championship begins.

June 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Posted in Sport | Leave a comment
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The world’s oldest tennis tournament, The Championship, Wimbledon begins its 126th tournament in South West London today. The only Grand Slam to be played on grass, Wimbledon is the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world and a sporting event which I particularly look forward too. 

Novak Djokovic Wimbeldon

Novak Djokovic Wimbeldon 2012

Kick starting Wimbledon 2012 Men’s Singles is last year’s Champion, Novak Djokovic, who is currently seeded number one. Djokovic started play at 1pm against Juan Carlos Ferrero on Centre Court whilst the six times Wimbledon Champion, Roger Federer, commenced play on Court One against Albert Ramos. The Women’s Single are also underway as the female world number one, Maria Sharapova, plays Anastasia Rodionova.

As the players preparing for their first Wimbledon matched sports fans are looking forward to a fortnight of exceptional tennis.  I’ve always looked forward to the annual Wimbledon fortnight, much more than any other Grand Slam and that’s probably because Wimbledon is so steeped in history and is quintessentially British.

Punnets of Strawberries

Punnets of Strawberries served at Wimbledon

Traditionally spectators have enjoyed strawberries and cream whilst watching play, a tradition which I don’t see ending anytime soon and the players wear their brightest whites. The Wimbledon Royal Box is often occupied by members of the Royal Family too, who always amp up the excitement; a visit from the newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last year added a touch of joy.

Who knows which royal faces will be present this year, or which tennis aces will go home as Wimbledon champions 2012; it’s far too early to make any assumptions on who will be triumphant, although a British win for Andy Murray would be prefect for the summer of sport in London 2012.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wimbledon 2012

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Royal Box Wimbledon 2011

However, I’m sure that the Wimbledon roof will most probably come into play at some point during the tournament if the past couple of weeks of gloomy weather are anything to go by but it wouldn’t be Wimbledon without a little rain.

Watch Wimbledon on the BBC and via the Red Button. Alternatively keep up to date with scores and matched on Wimbledon’s official website or Twitter page.

Olympic Flame to land in Britain

May 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Olympic Torch banner

Last week the Olympic Flame was lit in Olympia before setting off on a seven day tour of Greece. Now the flame has been passed over to British delegates, Princess Anne, David Beckham, London mayor Boris Johnson and London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe who will transport the flame to Britain this afternoon.

The team will fly to Britain with the flame and like lots of people I was fascinated to discover how the flame stays alight on board the aircraft. Apparently it is transferred into a ceremonial lantern where it can safely burn for 30 hours before been transferred back to the torch for the start of the relay.

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Princess Anne with Olympic Flame

When the flame arrives this evening it’s suspected that Princess Anne will carry the flame off the plane and onto British soil. Tomorrow morning the long awaited relay will begin in Land’s End where Olympian Ben Ainslie will run the first 300 meters of the 70 day relay that involved 8000 torchbearers and a mammoth 8000 miles before arriving at the Olympic Stadium on 27th July.

Talking of torchbearers I read an interesting article today on Saga’s website that looks into the variety of torchbearers who will be taking part. They featured ten torchbearers who were successfully selected and are all aged between 57 and 94. As a sporting event it’s easy to think that those involved in the Olympic Torch Relay will all be young, fit and incredibly athletic. But that’s not the case as the Olympic committee carefully selected people from all areas, backgrounds and generations which is a brilliant way of getting everyone excited about the Games.

Click here for route of the Torch Relay.

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