Wimbledon season is upon us. It’s time for strawberries & cream, Champagne and if you don’t want to drink – Robinsons squash. It looks like the lawns this year at Wimbledon may well be lush and emerald green throughout the two weeks – longer if matches get rained off! Here is our guide to getting the most out of the event.
Top 3 Tips:
- For day tickets get there early – 7am should do! You will need cash and tickets are one per person.
- After 3pm tickets for Centre Court are only £10 (normally from £53) – Be prepared to queue.
- Visit Waitrose for the strawberries & cream, and a bottle of Champagne, then put your feet up in one of the spacious lounges in our apartments and turn the TV on to a BBC channel.
How is Tennis Scored:
You need to score four points to win a game of tennis. The points are known as 15 (1 point), 30 (two points), 40 (three points) and the fourth would result in the winning point and the end of that game. It is known as deuce when the score is 40-40. To win the set at this point you need to be 2 points clear.
Winning The Match:
To win the match you must win a certain amount of sets (best of three for women’s matches and best of 5 sets for men’s matches). Winning a set is simply the first player to reach 6 games but have to be clear by at least 2 games. To win the match you need to win the majority of sets.
Rules of Tennis:
- Play begins with the serve.
- The player serving must get the ball within the opponent’s service area. They get two attempt (faults) to do this in before the point is awarded to the other side.
- If the server clips the net but the ball goes in the service area still then let is called and they get to take that serve again without penalty.
- If the ball is struck without the serve bouncing then the server will receive the point
- Once a serve has been made the amount of shots between the players can be unlimited. The point is won by hitting the ball so the opponent fails to return it in the scoring areas. . If the opponent fails to hit the ball on the serve this is called an ace.
- The ball can hit any part of the line for the point to be called in, outside the line and the ball is out.
- The balls in a tennis match are changed for new balls every 6 games
- A player loses a point if they fail to return the ball in either the correct areas on the court, hits the net and doesn’t go into opponent’s area or fails to return the ball before it bounces twice in their half.
Are you inspired?
Why not go and play a couple of games? There are two places near to The Harrington Collection which are worth visiting:
Rocks Lane Tennis Courts – Bishop’s Park – Fulham: This massive tennis facility is located in the beautiful Bishops Park just next to the River Thames in Fulham.
Millennium Arena – Battersea Park – Battersea: Made up of nineteen outdoor hard courts that are lit at night if you fancy an after work game with friends or colleagues.