Saturday, 27 June 2009

Wimbledon 2009: Day 6

I was on Court 18 today which is a show court and almost always televised. I was a little nervous but the matches were all very good. David Ferrer of Spain was playing against Radek Stepenek of the Czech Republic who overcome the Spaniard in five sets having been two sets up in the first instance. Na Li of China was also beaten by Agnieszka Radwańska of Poland. An enjoyable day.

Friday, 26 June 2009

Wimbledon 2009: Day 5

I arrived back into London very late last night and so waking up and getting dressed to be back on a court felt like I'd been through some form of car wash, and the number of Doc jokes that my fellow umpires littered today was diabolical, typical! :)

I was between Court 16 and Court 19, although I didn't get onto Court 19 because I was a special reserve in my team and was released early, a very sweet team indeed. I enjoyed the Ladies Doubles match that took place on my court today between Garrigues (Spain) abd Pascual (Spain) and Rodionova (Australia) and Voskoboeva (Kazakhstan) as the crowds really rallied behind both teams, it was a special moment in my umpiring career to watch how crucial the support can be at times. I also went to watch the only Pakistani hopeful tennis player around Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and his Indian partner Prakash Amritraj who beat Austrlian Pakistani Rameez Junaid and German Philipp Marx. I also managed to get quite a smart picture of the US Men's Doubles 1's the Bryan brothers on camera...howzzat for a camera trick capturing identical twins! :)

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Wimbledon 2009: Day 4 - A break in proceedings as I am conferred with my Ph.D :)

The proof is in the pudding and the first time in a kilt! :) Here pictured with my dear friend and mentor Alexander Broadie, Professor of Logic and Rhetoric at the University of Glasgow celebrating my exit from the graduation ceremony. I took about a million pictures with friends and family so please don't be offended that yours hasn't made the centerpiece.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Wimbledon 2009: Day 3

Was working on Court 15 today and decided that I need to wear my cap! My court was all Doubles matches today which was quite good fun. I managed to watch a little of of Mauresmo and Kuznetsova playing doubles too, what a great pairing. Some top players fell today, Maria Sharapova got beaten by the unseeded Gisela Dulko. However, Serena Williams, Djokovic and Federer eased past into the third round. I took a picture of Fernando Verdasco just as beat Kristof Vligen of Belgium (see photo).

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Wimbledon 2009: Day 2

Court 8 today and the weather was scorching! My head was hurting by early evening but I was still pasting on the sun cream. Some interesting matches today including the Serbian 30th seed, Viktor Troicki (pictured) who prevailed in his opening first round match. A late night for me to watch Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová get beaten by Ekaterina Makarova of Russia.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Wimbledon 2009: Day 1

I was working on Court 15 today and had quite an enjoyable day as I watched Sorana Cirstea proceed to the second round. I was also keeping an eye out for the Indian hopeful Sania Mirza (pictured) who also proceeded to the second round with a three set victory over the German player Anna-Lena Groenefeld. The top seeds seemed to do quite well today except for James Blake who was rattled out by Italian hard-hitter Andreas Seppi. The weather was not as hot and sunny as last year but it just means that I need to cream on little Factor 50! :) I've decided to take my own photos this year and the best ones from the day will be featured. :)