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6 hours ago, Quintus said:

Wimbledon was absolutely heaving yesterday, with some routes through the courts choked solid - perhaps they are selling more ground passes than usual.  We had Court 2 seats, which for future reference is quite a nice, intimate court, but we dipped in and out as we found some better matches in the unreserved courts. Thinking of going back next week one evening - after a certain time in the late afternoon I understand they sell cheap ground passes and returns, and there should still be a decent amount of doubles matches going on in the minor courts in the evening. Haven't done the research yet into how it works - anyone ever done this? 

 

When was the choking, Quintus?  Was it perchance prior to 1 pm?  It can be horribly crowded before everyone goes off to their assigned seats.  I must admit that I've noticed the queue being open rather later in the day than usual, but had assumed it was largely down to Murray's absence.  Court 2 is nice, but an absolute suntrap - I sat there in 20 degrees during the Olympics and still got sunburnt.

 

I'm not sure about evening admission this year: I haven't seen any indications of it in the online guide.

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8 hours ago, alison said:

 

When was the choking, Quintus?  

 

Must have been around 1.30, when we ducked out of our seats to go and look for an alternative match.  At least the hill wasn't as packed as it can be though.  We're just going to pitch up on Monday evening and see what's available - there should be some recycled seats from early leavers with any luck.

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I'm planning on going and doing a recce later today: will report back if there's anything of use.

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Gosh, we're down to only two remaining top 10 seeds in the Women's draw at Wimbledon. 😳

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Quintus, sorry, I forgot to give the feedback.  I spoke to a steward, who didn't think turning up on "Manic Monday" evening was very likely to be successful.  In theory, they do still to evening admissions, but it sounds as though prices vary according to the time of day, and presumably matches left to play.  Will PM you about the rest.

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2 minutes ago, alison said:

I don't think I can take much more of this ...

 

Goodness me!

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And now Nadal/Djokovic will have to come back tomorrow.

 

Oh well, at least the last few days have been more interesting than most of the rest of the tournament put together, in my view :) 

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The Anderson/Isner match was superhuman. SKILL  NERVE  RESILIENCE  ENDURANCE  SPORTSMANSHIP in abundance. No nervous tics, no histrionics, no bouncing the ball countless times before serving, no making the opponent wait ages before a serve. Just good tennis.

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I'd really like Anderson to win the whole thing, all things considered. 

 

From what I saw, the Nadal/Djokovic match was really good, and would have made an excellent final.  But then, the semis often tend to be the best matches.  At least we don't have any first-time slam finalists in this final - I always think being a first-timer is worth a set or even more to the opponent.

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So, Wimbledon has announced that as of next year it will introduce a final-set tiebreak.  As something of a tennis purist, I've always hated the idea that anyone should win a Grand Slam title on a tiebreak - and loathed it that the US Open decided to go for them.  However, Wimbledon has set the bar somewhat higher - no final-set tiebreak unless the score has reached 12-12, which does seem an eminently sensible decision.  That way, you're limited to playing the equivalent of 6 sets - a decision I suspect most of those who were watching the interminable Anderson vs. Isner men's semi-final earlier this year would have welcomed.  Given that the Anderson vs. Federer quarterfinal which preceded it effectively went to 12-all in the fifth set as well, stopping the matches at 12-all might well have resulted in a better-quality match in the final - and possibly even a different result.

 

It does however mean that nobody is ever going to exceed the notorious Isner vs. Mahut match which finished 70-68 in the final set - but I don't think that will really be a loss to tennis :) 

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Roger Federer today became only the second (male?) player to win 100 tournaments.  I think that's a statistic worth mentioning :) 

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