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There is a definite
buzz to Wimbledon in July. This is the 'village' where
Londoners celebrate both the sun and their proud lawn
tennis roots. When you see the crowds streaming into
the streets wearing sunglasses, summery dresses and
straw hats, it's like an official decree from the Queen
herself: the long awaited British summer has rolled
Up until 6 July, there is only one reason to come to
Over one fortnight in June and July, the world's top-seeded
players fight it out in a grass court for the prestigious
trophies. The atmosphere is electric. Famous faces dot
the crowds, English flags wave for the players and vendors
do a steady trade in strawberries and cream, which has
come to be the official food of the Championships.
It is possible to get a ticket for Wimbledon on the
day of the match. Get up and get there as early as possible.
Day-of-play tickets are sold on strictly one-per-person
queuing basis. Queues can be extremely long and your
position in the queue cannot be reserved by equipment,
you must be there in person!
If you've missed the Championships, make up for it with
a visit to the award-winning Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.
The museum offers a glimpse of how the gentle game of
lawn tennis, once all the rage on the lawns of Victorian
England and with origins that go far back to Medieval
Royal Tennis, has become a multi-million dollar professional
The museum offers wonderful views over Centre Court.
You'll find memorabilia donated from famous players
and great footage of past matches, as well as art and
artifacts that bring the excitement of the sport to
Visitors also partake in the other game in Wimbledon:
walking. Take a picnic on one of Wimbledon's many green
areas. Wimbledon Common covers about 1,140 acres of
woodland, heath land and mown recreation areas. Ten
ponds promote a variety of bird, animal and plant life.
The entire area is unfenced and is open to the public
24-hours a day throughout the year.
Shopaholics should head for the 320,000 square foot
shopping centre at Centre Court, Wimbledon - the heart
of Wimbledon retail. Three floors, with 62 shops and
food outlets offer visitors a plethora of pleasant shopping.
It's also a convenient place to purchase memorabilia
or to get a snack and stock up on provisions before
the big match at the Wimbledon Tennis Grounds.
If you wish to seek out a bit of quiet time perhaps
to meditate and think winning thoughts for your chosen
tennis player hopeful, the first Buddhist temple in
the UK is the place to visit. Four peaceful acres encompass
an imposing temple, ornamental lake, a small grove,
flower garden and orchard.
is a famous place in England where you can:
1) see fashionably dressed people.
2) celebrate the beginning of summer.
3) buy strawberries and cream.
4) watch tennis matches.
1) is officially announced by the Queen.
2) takes place over one fortnight.
3) is a close event.
4) is the time when Londoners celebrate the sun.
2 'day-of-play' means that:
1) one person can buy many tickets for the match.
2) you can get a ticket on the day of the match.
3) you can book a ticket on the day of the match.
4) you must queue for a while.
A18 In the Wimbledon
Lawn Tennis Museum you can:
1) trace the history of tennis.
2) play tennis.
3) become a multi-million dollar professional.
4) see famous players.
1) a private area.
2) rich in flora and fauna.
3) another game in Wimbledon.
4) just a picnic area.
A20 Where can
you have a meal?
1) at the Wimbledon Tennis Grounds.
2) at Centre Court.
3) at Wimbledon Common.
4) at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.
1) is the only place to visit in Wimbledon.
2) is the place for religious people.
3) is a beautiful place to visit and meditate.
4) is the fourth in the UK.