Tea and Tennis: Footprint goes to Wimbledon

Here at Footprint we’re a big fan of tennis, so when we were offered tickets to Wimbledon on the 7th July as a result of the work we had done alongside The LTA, we were thrilled!

As some of you may know, Footprint has been working with LTA South West for some time now. We’ve created a variety of large print projects with the organisation for courts all over the South of England including Lewisham, Richmond, Southsea and Portsmouth.

Over the time we worked with the group we produced everything from flags and clothing down to stress tennis balls for their promotional merchandise!

The LTA (or, Lawn Tennis Association) is a Nationwide group that works alongside coaches, clubs and communities with the aim of getting more people playing tennis more often.

 

The group also governs the sport in Great Britain and the Channel Islands by ‘promoting and safeguarding the integrity of the sport.’

After a long train journey, we arrived. The streets of Wimbledon were buzzing with action and the Tennis theme could be seen wherever you looked. Shops, pubs and houses as far as you could see had all made a great effort to dress up their windows and shop fronts to fit with the theme. The sense of community and celebration was overwhelmingly positive.

We collected our tickets and naturally headed straight for the Pimms tent. Despite the typically tricky English summer we’ve had so far, the weather was amazing, so we decided to peruse the tennis courts and take a peek at the shops available before making our way to centre court where our seats were located, to ready ourselves for the upcoming matches.

Our afternoon kicked off with the first game, a match between British Heather Watson and Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, the match was tough and ended in the defeat of Watson.

Next on our court was Rafael Nadal vs Karen Khachanov, Nadal stole the match and then it was just down to the most anticipated game of the day; Andy Murray vs Fabio Fognini. Of course this was the match we came to see, and of course, Murray did not disappoint.

With the matches in our court finished, we headed over to the justly named ‘Murray Mound’ where we concluded our day with a relaxing afternoon tea, overlooking the festivities.

After soaking up the sun for a few more hours, we finally decided it was time to head back to Southampton. We joined the crowds of spectators walking through Wimbledon back to the train station and started our journey home.

All in all, it was a brilliant day out, and one that we hope to repeat next year! If you want to find out more about getting involved in your local tennis scene, check out the LTA website for more information.

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