As Wimbledon 2012 sets to tip off at 6:30 am on June 25, Roger Federer has got his eyes on the prize. Roger Federer’s latest is a record equaling seventh Wimbledon title. His love affair with Wimbledon has lasted nearly a decade and it has got to the stage that one of the things he looks forward to most about the event is the chance to have a cup of tea with the chairman before the action begins.
“I cherish those moments,” Federer said. “When I can see the trophy, see the Centre Court with no people inside.
“Go see the chairman and have a relaxed chat, maybe some tea on the balcony, that for me is the favourite part of Wimbledon, next to obviously playing the big matches.”
On this sort of foundation, the romance is built to last but it has not always been this way for one of the game’s greatest ever players.
In fact, only after Federer had his name engraved on the honours board in 2003, did he really appreciate the tournament and its history. “I definitely felt different,” he said of the impact of his straight sets victory against Mark Philippoussis.
Thousands of tennis fans queued up this morning to watch the first day of play at Wimbledon.
Some camped out while others headed to SW19 at the crack of dawn to get tickets for the opening day of the 126th grand slam championships.
Britons will be hoping for a homegrown champion, especially after last night’s disappointment in Euro 2012.
The tournament is also a precursor to SW19′s Olympics appearance – the games’ tennis tournament will be held at the club just three weeks after Wimbledon finishes.
Thousands of people queued today, travelling from across the UK and as far afield as New Zealand and the United States.
Some camped out – Sue Callaghan arrived yesterday morning with a group of friends who come every year to watch the tennis.
The 59-year-old, from Bourton-on-the-Hill in Surrey, said: “We got here at about 10.30am yesterday morning, we managed to get our tents up before the rain.
“I’ve been coming for 39 years, I come every year. We all met here and now we come each year.
“We keep in touch, send Christmas cards, then all arrange to meet up here.”
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