A Visit to Queen’s Club for the Tennis in Jun 2023
As everyone knows, Vick is a mad tennis buff, so when the chance of going to Queens for the first time to watch the tennis, she jumped at it. I was “volunteered” to accompany her.
We chose to travel to Queens, partly by car, partly by tube and a bit of walking in between and at both ends!
We dropped the car off at Heathrow T5 POD Parking. It was a bit odd arriving into Heathrow T5 (the home of BA), and then not catching a flight to somewhere exotic.
There was a tube train waiting for us – just 5 mins before departing for central London. We were heading to Baron’s Court – about 10 stops down the line.
It was a relatively quiet and peaceful way to travel into London. It was nice and easy for us to get a seat on the train having caught the tube at its origin.
We could see a few others who were wearing typical tennis-type gear. E.g. carrying a light rucksack and caps.
When we arrived at Baron’s Court, Queen’s Club was only 200 yards down the road.
We arrived just before 11am, about an hour before play was due to start and there was already quite a few spectators heading down to the Palliser Road entrance.
It was the first time we had ever visited Queen’s Club, and we were both impressed with the way things were organised.
It’s a relatively small club, but all of the facilities were clearly laid out and easy to get to.
Initially, we spent some time wandering around, working out where everything was. We also stocked up on food for eating on court.
We checked out the practice courts and got a glimpse of Cam Norrie, together with the Amazon sports presenters.
The first match we watched on Centre Court was Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) vs Ben Shelton (USA) with the Italian winning in three sets.
The second match we watched was Cam Norrie (GBR) against Jordan Thompson (AUS).
It was really hot when sat in our seats on Centre Court – it was uncovered seating fully exposed to the sun.
Luckily we had brought our wide-brimmed hats, so we had some level of protection.
In the end I headed into the covered catering area, found a table and a couple of seats and watched the tennis on the TV.
It was a lot cooler and more comfortable down there.
We left the tennis at around 5pm; we were both pretty tired but had had a great day out.
The tube wasn’t too busy on the way back to Heathrow, where we picked up some salads at the M&S store at Terminal 5.
There were PODs waiting for us to take us back to our car and the drive home was fine and we were back home by around 7pm.
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