Two days into my reporting stint at the Wimbledon channel radio and the most glorious first week of the championships in recent years has yielded results.
Jumping on the scales today my 38,000 steps in soaring, humid temperatures has resulted in a 3 pound loss in weight, or as I like to put it one and a half bags of sugar. This is officially now the Wimbledon diet – pints and pints of water and walking. I could make a million on this idea!
There are potential derailments along the way of course. I am kindly offered Pimms and premium champagne on a regular basis after I’ve done interviews. The interview on Wimbledon Radio is seen as a memorable event and the people feel they want to reward you. In that vein they will offer cocktail sausages and sandwiches from their picnic stash, along with tempting sandwiches. In truth the houmous dips with chopped carrots are the best way to go if you are peckish. However I have been a picture of restraint.
My highlight on Day 2’s reporting was an interview with the King of Interviewers Sir Michael Parkinson. He was kind enough to stop for a chat in the celebrity car park before he crossed the road and headed to the Royal Box to see one of his favourite players Roger Federer on Centre Court. How nerve wracking do you think it is interviewing the best in the business? Even at 55 I was star-struck but just about kept it together for an illuminating discussion on the greatest players he has interviewed and watched.
I also bumped into the sprightly 75 year old former British number one Roger Taylor who I grew up watching at Wimbledon in the late 60s and early 70. He was then our best chance of a champion. Taylor made 3 semi-finals – never the final. He too was a charmer!
On to my day 3 and only 28 degrees should guarantee another bag of sugar is shed.