A Day At Wimbledon

By: Shaun Parker

Wimbledon, the home of the third grand slam of the year has hosted the lawn championships since 1887. Since that time a range of hospitality services have arisen to cater for today's business needs. Meeting potential clients and enjoying a full day at the prestigious lawn club's tennis hospitality suite is a reality for many businessmen. Tennis fans can entertain other groups of businessmen whilst all the while convincing them to use particular business services. The difficult part is to remain in a business mode while trying not to be transfixed by the matches taking place, especially difficult when it's the final of Wimbledon.

For British tennis fans the last time the British had a competitor in the men's singles final with a decent chance of winning was Fred Perry in 1936. Roger Federer had been in the final for the past five years and had won each of them, equally Bjorn Borg's record. A result that many commentators had ruled out completely, however Federer was fast becoming a tennis legend for his feats. The 2007 final was Federer against Rafael Nadal, a strong Spaniard who took Federer all the way in what is now being hailed as the 'Final of the Century'. How companies gained tickets for their employees was often not a concern, most are just glad to go along. Being part of the lucky few who had access to the tennis hospitality suite and tickets for centre court on that particular afternoon were truly privileged.

On arrival at Wimbledon Station the throngs of people are evident, as the most popular tennis event in the world the public transport system is strained beyond belief. The crowds are part of it though, if you have been visiting the Wimbledon Championships your whole life there is nothing quite like joining the hoards of people heading to those famous gates. To give visiting clients a feel of this excitement would surely help if any real deal making has to be done. As you close upon the club people snake from the gates like a tennis mad serpent, business parties however do not join this serpent's tail. Another bonus of the tennis hospitality tickets companies can acquire is no standing in line, straight to the front and in you go; ready to accept the complementary glass of champagne that awaits your arrival.

Unfortunately as a tennis fan you may have to spend most of the morning talking business, despite the luxury of the tennis hospitality service this can still be a chore. After all, even though its business, most people there would far prefer to get to their seat and watch some tennis. If you are present for a Wimbledon final the need to wrap up business is constant. The best time to wrap things up is after lunch, and what a lunch the tennis hospitality services provide, it sure beat the packed lunches I used to have sat in the grounds of this well respected lawn tennis club.

Overall the tennis hospitality services at the Wimbledon club can be seen as professional and pampering, perfect for doing business with clients who are fond of sporting events, or sampling English culture. The little touches are sublime and really add to the occasion, if you are lucky enough to be there on finals day the atmosphere is one of the best in the sporting world. Just remember if you are an avid tennis fan do not take the business side of things too seriously, an easy mistake to make is to remain in the hospitality suite all day talking business, a crime when you think of the all the high level tennis going on all around you.

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