If you’re anything like me, you will be glad that you can finally step outside your 4 walls during the day; you’ll be glad that you can now go out and get some fresh air; you will no longer have to shoosh your children away from the TV at a crucial break point and you can now have a date with your husband rather than a flat screen.
Wimbledon has consumed my days for the past two weeks.
I loved every minute of it. I do, every year.
I love the build up to it. I love how summery it makes me feel and I watch in envy, all the people lucky enough to get tickets for Centre Court.
I admire every ounce of determination that those players display; even when they are losing, they chase every ball. Their self belief is paramount and very rarely do you see a player appear defeated.
Recognising all of the time and dedication they put into their preparation both mentally and physically. They have my full respect.
Wasn’t it such a shame for Andy Murray? But I’m sure he’s already hopeful for next year. I definitely am.
A couple of weeks before Wimbledon started, Harley started tennis lessons at a local tennis club.
Invited to come along by a friend, he has grown to love it and counts down the sleeps until it’s tennis time!
It’s a small group of 4 year olds, for half an hour, learning valuable tennis skills such as hand eye co-ordination and foot speed, yet they just think they are playing games with their friends.
Brilliantly structured and differentiated (gosh, that’s the teacher in me) Harley loves it, especially when he gets chosen to do the demos:
Like me, Harley really got into Wimbledon, especially when ‘our one’ was playing. It was one of the only times in 4 years, that I’ve seen him sit still!
I’m so thankful to Wimbledon and Andy for inspiring Harley even more and for cementing an early love for tennis.
Even when our friend flew over from Dubai for a visit, Harley dragged him out into the garden for a game of tennis, with a football goal as a net, no less!
Even our Lola, looks like Little Miss Mcenroe in her tennis sweat band, never wanting to miss out on the action!
One event that we are all really looking forward to, is the Great British Tennis Weekend. If you have little ones who share an interest in tennis, or if you simply fancy heading down to your local courts to enjoy your local park, getting some fresh air whilst your mini Murrays or little Miss Crofts are being active, the Great British Tennis Weekend is made just for you. The sessions are free and structured for children and adults with informal coaching or for families to simply play together.
You can add your area here to find the events local to you and spaces available. The sessions have been running over 3 weekends in May, June and August. We tried to book the session in June but were too late as it was fully booked, but we are really looking forward to the August weekend, as Harley is booked into the Mini Tennis session for 3-10 year olds. Limited spaces are available so be quick if you’re wanting to join in with the last session of the Great British Tennis Weekend… and if you’re local to us, we hope to see you there!
So go grab your racket and ball. Book a court or simply draw a line in your grass for a net.