Wimbledon Gets Ready For Grand Slam

Wimbledon Gets Ready For Grand Slam

Wimbledon is getting ready for the 2023 Grand Slam which begins on the 3rd July. This is my eighth year of visiting Wimbledon when it is in the focus of the sports world. The mood begins early. You see it in the white and purple flowers and green leaves, the official colours. And at many places. My camera catches the glimpses.

But the entrance is at Gate 4. And there is a shop there where you can pick up memorabilia. It causes a not-so-small damage to the bank balance.

And there are guiding posts everywhere ….

As you move in Wimbledon you see interesting decorations to remind you of the upcoming big event of the year.

My favourite place is Wimbledon library. This is its window. Wimbledon library’s coffee shop is behind this window and I am its regular customer.

The Centre Court, a Mall near the Wimbledon Station, has done its bit to set the mood. This mall is on the decline it seems. Sad!

This display does not use official colours, but imaginative it is.

And finally one for the road …

And these words of Marcel Proust guide me when I wander: ‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.’

Note: — The present colours were introduced in 1909 following the discovery that the previous Club colours of blue, yellow, red and green were almost identical to those of the Royal Marines. The decision as to why dark green and purple were chosen is not stated in the Club’s records.

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Vivek S Patwardhan

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”