Monday 17th June 2013 saw over twenty of our coaches, players and parents heading for our eighth annual trip to The Aegon International Tennis Event in Eastbourne.
To make the most of the day we arrived as the gates opened and headed straight to the practice courts to see who was hitting. After watching Heather Watson for a while our youngsters all had the chance to wish her luck and get her autograph before she left to prepare for her match.
There was just time for a quick tour of the grounds before heading to centre court to find our front row seats for the day. Just as we settled down to watch Ana Ivanovic play Elena Vesnina the rain started and play was delayed. However this gave us all chance to head to the reaction wall and fastest serve area for a bit of our own competition. Everyone was keen to see if they could score the most although in the end it was two of our coaches who took the crowns with Eb convincingly beating everyone on the reaction wall and Ric just edging ahead on the fastest serve.
With the weather constantly improving the group took the opportunity to visit The Play Tennis area and practice their match skills with Eb and Ric taking on all comers on the mini tennis court before the announcement that play was resuming. The group headed back towards centre court past the practice area where Samantha Stosur was warming up. Once back in our seats we enjoyed watching a close battle between Ana and Elena which ended with Vesnina pulling ahead to take the match 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
It was then time to head across the road to the ice-cream parlour where after much consideration a range of cones and sundaes were enjoyed by everyone.
Shortly after we were back in our seat cheering on Heather Watson who played some great tennis against Varvara Lepchenko beating her in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 to reach the second round. The group then divided with some staying to watch Kyle Edmund while others headed back to the practice courts autograph hunting and to see who was playing.
The final match of the day was really inspirational for everyone with Fernando Verdasco coming back from being 0-5 down against Alexandr Dolgopolov to win the match 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. The fact that Verdasco stayed focused and calm when so far behind was a great example to our younger players.
Unfortunately the day had to end! Everyone had had a great time and we’re all looking forward to next year!
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