Wayne's Daily Diary Archive

20 June 2007

9 July 2012
A superb Roger Federer at his majestic best!

Wow, what a fantastic Wimbledon final! As you all know I’m a massive Federer fan and it was wonderful to watch him roll back the years and play some of the best tennis of his life to knock out the amazing Djokovic, then follow it up with a stunning performance against the brilliant Murray in the final. During the past two-and-a-half years popular opinion was that Federer would never win another Grand Slam and no one ever believed he could regain the World number 1 ranking, but with this victory he accomplished both in what was perhaps his finest hour.

Gill’s Mum Liz was lucky enough to have Centre Court tickets for the final and she said the atmosphere was electric and she was so pleased to have been there. I must admit to feeling a little sorry for Andy Murray, who played terrific tennis for two weeks and who’s improved drastically over the past couple of years, but the poor lad came up against a rejuvenated man who needed to play his best tennis to beat him. Bravo Andy!

We had Millie’s birthday party yesterday before the final and I took 8 of her little pals to the water slides at the Spectrum followed by a BBQ at home and a hour at the park before the parents strategically picked them up at 2 just as Roger and Andy were preparing to start their warm-ups. It was a great party and what a day! (Millie’s birthday is the 11th)

4 July 2012
Waiting for sunshine!

Can you believe this weather? I must say I’ve never experienced such a poor summer weather-wise but we’ve made the most of every window of opportunity to get outside and be active. We’ve been walking and cycling, the girls have been playing at the local park and are really into climbing trees, Gill has been playing a fair amount of tennis and I’ve been golfing pretty regularly. Besides being a member at Hurtmore I’ve joined Bramley as a Social Member, which allows me to use there excellent practice facilities. The Bramley course is three-minutes from home, which is jolly convenient, and they let me take Millie and Katie to use the practice area before we enjoy drinks and crisps on the terrace of the clubhouse. I’m an incredibly happy chappie about this as the girls show potential and seem to be really enjoying it!

We’re looking forward to a week on the Isle of Wight at the end of July and needless to say we’re hoping for the summer to arrive before then. After that we’re heading to Canada for just over two weeks to visit my family, walk in the mountains and do a little camping in the Rockies. Yahoo!

On the sports front I thoroughly enjoyed the Euros, it was a great tournament and even though England’s weak points were highlighted they did have their moments and gave their fans some pleasure, certainly more than the Dutch fans received. The best team won in the end and what an incredible accomplishment for this generation of Spanish players. When you look at Spain’s achievements over the past four-years it makes you cringe at how the English press used to go on about England’s ‘Golden Generation’ and how little they little they accomplished on the pitch. I’m also loving Wimbledon and thank goodness for the roof on Centre Court or there wouldn’t be much tennis being played. (Gill and her Mum had Centre Court tickets yesterday and had a wonderful day). And next up on the summer sports calendar is the Olympics, which should be absolutely fantastic!

Stay tuned for more news soon and don’t forget to check the Out-of-Season photos.

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