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Super grass

Published June 20, 2019

Feeling a little the worse for wear from our weekend at two music concerts, we decided the ideal remedy was to head to the Edgbaston Priory Club for a spot of tennis. It’s the second year in a row we’ve attended the event, and was just as good this time round.

There’s a nice relaxed feeling at Edgbaston, in fact when you walk in it feels more like a summer fete, with lots of kids with racquets running around and the smells of barbecue wafting in the air.

Once you’re past the practice courts, though, and get to the proper courts, things get a bit more serious. I love watching live tennis more and more, and am glad of any opportunity to do it. It’s also fun to see the players we are so often watching on TV in real life, up close and personal.

Naomi Osaka in Birmingham

At some point, we were watching Harriet Dart on one court and Heather Watson playing doubles next door - which was a lot of fun until the balls started crossing courts and causing chaos. Both players lost too, which was a bit disappointing.

I was experimenting with video this time, having taken a few pictures of players here and there. I tried slo-mos and time-lapses, but sometimes just good old-fashioned straight video is the best.

The forecast had been predicting light rain for much of the day but it held off until about 4pm. Unfortunately, that was just as Venus Williams was about to emerge for her Centre Court match but the damp conditions kept her hidden away. I have seen her play at Wimbledon and thought she was a goddess but Mr C has yet to see her and we need to make this happen. That just means more tennis!

One downside this year was that by some fluke I ended up with exactly the same centre court seats as last year (barring one row difference), which means all my pictures look exactly the same just with different outfits to distinguish them. That means I have more of an excuse to try a visit to Nottingham and/or Eastbourne to mix things up a bit. It’s so very weather dependent, these UK grass court tournaments, but so very worth it.

Jelena Ostapenko in Birmingham
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