Queen’s Club Tennis

Tennis has never looked so good as at the Queen’s Club Championships.

The French have their champagne, macaroons, and red clay.  But they are trumped by the English with their Pimms, scones, and grass!

The Queen’s Club Championships is one of the most prestigious grass court tournaments for male players only, held on grass courts at the Queen’s Club in West Kensington, London.  The tournament traces back to 1884, making it one of the oldest in the world.  With auspicious timing, it falls between the French Open and Wimbledon and attracts some of the best players on tour.  Andy Murray was on the courts yesterday afternoon sparring with his practice partner.

The venue is extraordinary because it is intimate with a small scope that makes any seat a good one.  You are essentialy a guest in a private club, not a spectator in a giant arena.

Queen’s is literally enclosed by the city, with old brownstones providing a set of “walls” that makes the grass courts look like an oasis.

The English keep it classy with Pimms cocktails as primary refreshment.  We dined in style on the rooftop garden before heading down to the matches on center court.  After an hour or so, we returned to the roof to take a break for afternoon tea.  Where else but England would you be presented with a wicker hamper full of small crustless sandwiches, scones and clotted cream, berries and cakes, and cups of tea….during a tennis tournament!

It was a perfect afternoon made even more idyllic by the glorious sunshine and blue skies that are always a welcome surprise in this perennially cloudy city.

We got the royal tennis treatment…

My day at Queen’s was fit for a queen!

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