Tuesday 14th June 2022
I have wanted to go to "Queens" - the smaller grass-court tournament in London - for a number of years. (For avoidance of doubt, the larger one is Wimbledon, which I have done several times). So to be passing through London in the appropriate week seemed too good an opportunity to miss. It's currently called the Cinch Championships - but the name is entirely dependent on who's sponsoring this year
There were a number of tennis fans on the short tube ride from Earls Court to Barons Court and then a long queue for entry - but it didn't take too long.
The "volunteer" in me couldn't help but notice that two ladies had side-swerved the steward scanning the entry tickets - so the situation was remedied...
Once in I found myself presented with a bar selling Eden Mill Gin cocktails (a Scottish brand) so it would have been rude not to.
Had a little chat with a Cinch Social Media manager at a table who was happy to let me share, then headed to my seat.
It's a small but perfectly formed Centre Court - you are not too far from the action, even at the back (or 3 rows from the back).
For the cognoscenti, I saw Querrey beat Schwartmann, Peniston (young Brit) beat Ruud (No 5 in the world!), Berrettini beat Evans (sadly) and a returning Wawrinka beat Tiafoe. Good to see up and coming Brits even if Dan Evans couldn't get a win.
All in all a great day - it was relatively hot, but much cooler than Rome and Naples.
Back to the hotel to pack and think about returning to Scotland - a few administrative tasks to be attended to.