It’s time to bleach your whites, practice your serve, and enjoy the smell of a fresh tin of tennis balls: tennis season is upon us. We take a look at how the tournament is likely to shape up and where you can watch it at a Workspace Business Centre near you!
Wimbledon will be one for the wild cards this year. The UK will be on tenterhooks in the run up following Andy Murray's hip surgary in January, it is still not confirmed if he will be able to compete. Novak Djokovic has had a year of ups and downs due to injury too, following a shock defeat at Roland Garros, leaving Wimbledon veteran Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as the men to beat!
Other doubts include Serena William who was forced to pull out of the French Open quater finals due to a leg injury, however the rest of the entry list for the ladies singles has been much less disrupted by injury so far.
This means the women’s game is wide open and it could be a chance for Britain’s Joanna Konta to show us what she’s made of for the second year running. She did suffer a clay court defeat in Madrid a fw weeks ago but is currently number twenty one in the world, we've got our fingers crossed she’ll be the first British woman to win Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1977.
Whether you’re a demon on the court or more of a consumer of strawberries and cream (according to the BBC, 140,000 servings of strawberries are sold at the Championships), there’s always a way to enjoy Wimbledon. Here are what some of the Workspace centres are up to, and where you can enjoy game, set and match in the local neighbourhood.
Wimbledon Championship details:
This year’s Championships are held from Monday 2nd July – Sunday 15th July, with the women’s final taking place on 14th July followed by the men’s final on 15th July.
The Light Bulb - Wandsworth
Tennis court in Kings George’s Park run by All Star Tennis are a good start allstartennis.co.uk (off Dorlcote Road, London SW18 3RT and you can call them on 020 8871 4706). Courts are open from 8:00 till dusk and bookable online – they also have a small café.
The Spread Eagle pub have a big screen.
Eat and drink:
The Light Bulb Kitchen is having a Wimbledon makeover, with green grass, rackets and balls galore. We'll be hosting an event screening a game or two with pimms and strawberries & cream pots, so keep an eye on The Light Bulb Twitter feed for more.
The Light Bulb team said: “W19 is around the corner and a short bus ride will allow customers to head to the championships after work for free entry on Henman Hill!” Or is it Murray Mound?
Kennington Park - Oval
Mimosa café has a big screen as well as an outdoor space to enjoy the games. You can also pop down the road to The Kennington pub – they will be showing the tennis on their big screen too.
Kennington Park has courts you can play on right next to the business centre for as little as £5. For bookings contact them here.
ScreenWorks - Islington
You’ll be able to watch the tennis on a big screen in the communal areas at ScreenWorks this summer.
The Highbury Fields Tennis courts are open from 8.00am till 9pm all year round. For bookings please contact Islington Tennis Centre on 020 3793 6880 or www.betterlessons.org.uk/book.