It was another great Wimbledon for The Appeti Tennis Centre this year, with over 70 of our players visiting The Championships over the two weeks. As well as the sixteen pairs of tickets the centre received for it's players, three trips organised by coaches meant that more kids than ever got to experience a special day at Wimbledon.
Eb Appeti organised the first trip with players and coaches queueing overnight for the first Monday. For their efforts the group were rewarded with great seats on centre court which offered a fantastic view of Rafa’s opening match. With the unpredictable weather it wasn’t long before centre’s court’s roof came into play and the group had the opportunity to experience the benefits that the roof offered with play continuing throughout the rain!
Tim Bean and Helen Shattower took seven juniors from The Canterbury High School with tickets through The Tennis Foundation school’s ballot. On arrival the youngsters were delighted to see Nadal hitting some balls and during the afternoon they had the opportunity to see Djokovic out on practice court. As only one person from this group had ever seen live professional tennis before it was really inspirational for them to sit on court 2 and watch some of Mardy Fish’s match before they had to leave.
The last trip was organised by Helen Shattower, Ric Myall and Ffion Newberry who took nine of the centre's younger players aged between 8 and 13 years for the day. It was a great experience for them and after checking they couldn’t offer their services as hitting partners to the stars they went to the courts where they had front row seats to see Rafa practising. Just round the corner they bumped into Rafa’s dad who happily posed for a group photo.
After a quick look at centre court the youngsters moved round to the practice area where they saw the future woman’s Champion, Petra Kvitova working with her coach. Our players were delighted when she stopped to sign autographs as she left. After a great day with plenty of opportunity to see the professionals at work the group were all inspired to work harder so they could be part of the Wimbledon experience as players in the future.