A Summer Day In July

JUST back from a walk around the grounds with a very special atmosphere building ahead of the Men’s Final.
Both Federer and Nadal attracted huge crowds as they warmed up on adjacent courts this morning.
It was a chance for ground ticket holders to see them close up on outside courts 15 and 16 before the big clash at 2pm.
I took a camera along on my stroll and thought you might like to see some of the SW19 sights, with the men’s final now just minutes away.
First up, I bumped into David Spearing, the longest serving honorary steward at Wimbledon.
You probably recognise him as the man in that hat who sits in the players’ box on Centre Court.
His job is to look after the players’ families and friends.
Thanks to the many glimpses of him on TV, and Terry Wogan’s comments on his radio show, David has become a cult figure.

He became an honorary steward here in 1974 and has been coming back every year since from his home in Abu Dhabi – where he got his famous hat.
“It’s become my trademark,” he says.

Born in London, he spent some time living in Blackburn before he moved out to the Middle East.
“It’s lovely to see so many happy faces in the sunshine,” he told me.
On the other side of the All England Club site, teenage Federer fans Joan Passey, 15, from Orpington and Samantha Lloyd, 17, from Liverpool were delighted to have just seen their hero in the flesh.
The band were playing by the big screen on Henman Hill as fans at last found a use for their sun cream.
Other pics show the view across Courts 14, 15, 16 and 17 with No 1 Court in the distance, and central London on the horizon.
Below that is the reflection at the main entrance to the All England Club inside the grounds.
Other images include an outside view of the BBC TV studio, where Sue Barker sits.
Directly above her is the roof employed – when it’s not raining – by John Inverdale for Today At Wimbledon.


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