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July 6, 2010

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last week, i was incredibly lucky and we snagged centre court tickets for the wimbledon men’s semi-finals. ever since i can remember, i’ve loved watching wimbledon on television. and i do believe that last july, the fact that wimbledon had ended the week before influenced my decision to accept the offer to move to london. i’ve always loved it – the history, the grass courts, the unbelievable stories that often come out of this tournament.

we had a really fantastic day; perfect weather, exciting matches, great seats, strawberries and cream, pimms cup, elegantly dressed spectators, everything. we saw berdych defeat djokovic, and nadal beat andy murray (not surprisingly, the brits in that stadium were quite vocal supporters of murray, which made it a really fun match. i still cheered loudly for nadal). it felt very different from the u.s. open in NYC.

i thought i would share a lot of the photos with you today – as you can see, i was really awestruck by the entire experience and so i took a lot of them. this was one of those days where i sort of pinched myself, marveling at my good fortune to have this opportunity to live in london, to experience these things.

(and nadal won it all, so that makes it even sweeter – above, you can see a photo that i snapped right after he won a place in the final)

34 Comments
  1. July 6, 2010 6:47 am

    oh, gosh, brian, these are just astonishing. i’ve never been much for tennis but these make me want to go to wimbledon, desperately.

  2. July 6, 2010 7:00 am

    I don’t care much about tennis, but it sure looks great through your lens!

  3. marthasnail permalink
    July 6, 2010 7:00 am

    these photos make me a bit giddy. :) thanks for sharing.

  4. July 6, 2010 7:05 am

    i especially love the third picture!

  5. July 6, 2010 7:06 am

    these are wonderful… and to think it didn’t rain once during the whole tournament!!

  6. July 6, 2010 7:31 am

    how lucky you got to go! your shots are gorgeous! love the retro feel and how totally british is. a memory forever, hey? x.

  7. July 6, 2010 7:31 am

    these pictures are so perfect, brian.

    (and you’re lucky you were there.)

  8. July 6, 2010 7:33 am

    What luck! I watched it on TV this year again. I’d love to attend some year.

  9. July 6, 2010 7:43 am

    wow brian! what an experience! thank you for sharing some of it with us here.

  10. July 6, 2010 7:45 am

    wow. love these! i really feel like i am there with you. so fancy to serve strawberries + cream and pimms cup at a sporting event. stellar.

  11. July 6, 2010 7:50 am

    strawberries & cream!
    my favorite.

    what a fun adventure!

  12. July 6, 2010 8:21 am

    I like how these photos scan the scene like watching a real tennis match, turning your head back and forth and back. Plus I was looking for those pinkie rings…
    Glad you got to go!

  13. July 6, 2010 8:32 am

    #1, #2, #3 are magical.
    I have the impression I was in the audience too !

  14. July 6, 2010 8:47 am

    i went to Wimbledon as a kid in the 80s and this brings it all back.
    wonderful set (pun intended).

  15. July 6, 2010 9:14 am

    I know how excited you must have been because it has always been a dream of mine to go to Wimbledon. I want to stroll the grounds and look at all the people in their finery and eat strawberries and cream. I have to make this happen one day, now even more after seeing these photos.

  16. Teresa permalink
    July 6, 2010 9:37 am

    I love the third one as well, so wonderful. Thank you for sharing these–such a great, personal perspective vs. seeing it on tv.

  17. July 6, 2010 10:39 am

    unfettered exuberance and the on-set of jealousy.

  18. July 6, 2010 11:40 am

    your photos make wimbledon feel real. i can almost smell the grass!

  19. July 6, 2010 12:13 pm

    Fantastic photos! How lucky you are to have been there! I can only imagine what that was like.

    Cheers!

  20. Paulina permalink
    July 6, 2010 12:48 pm

    Brian, this is all kinds of fantastic. As a fan of your photos and a fan of tennis, this makes my day, my week even!

  21. July 6, 2010 3:42 pm

    these are all so great! i love what you captured here.

  22. July 6, 2010 4:58 pm

    i can’t help but think of the royal tenenbaums when i look at this series :)

  23. July 6, 2010 7:18 pm

    This reminds me of that Kirsten Dunst movie that I love! Thanks!

  24. July 6, 2010 9:08 pm

    going to wimbledon is my dream come true and the pictures are dreamier than i ever imagined. wow!

  25. hanna permalink
    July 7, 2010 1:02 am

    Wow I am so jealous! Yay Nadal.

  26. July 8, 2010 2:00 am

    You lucky, lucky man!
    Great pics

  27. Lee permalink
    July 8, 2010 5:14 am

    Incredible!

  28. July 9, 2010 3:30 pm

    sooooo jealous you made it to Wimbledon!!! I still dream of getting there. Thinking you should make a stop home for the Open this year!

  29. July 11, 2010 12:59 am

    Fabulous photos. What a very real story you tell here. Love your perspective. Thanks for sharing.

  30. July 12, 2010 1:27 pm

    I love Shari’s comment. Wonderful, Brian.

  31. July 19, 2010 1:42 pm

    such
    fantastic shots…
    sounds like
    an amazing
    experience.
    so jealous.

  32. August 18, 2010 2:53 pm

    SO JEALOUS

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