On this my 5th day of reporting for the Wimbledon Radio Channel another 19,000 steps were covered for Men’s Semi Finals Day making it 89,000 in these 2017 championships with one day remaining. The masterclass from Roger Federer, much of it watched on the hill with thousands of Federer fans was worth every step. He is a genius, not a wayward one like Best and Gascoigne but a wonderful role model – the epitome of brilliant media training – which is my main company business. He says meaningful things, he gives you insight, he praises others around him including his opponent. The hero worship for Roger is understandable and incredible.
Among the many celebrities who paid for a ticket to see the great man was ITV’s Judge Rinder. He too was beguiled by a man he so enjoyed watching with his Auntie Irene. What a contrast to the first semi final he said, but Judge Rinder is known to tell it like it is. And having taken the decision to wear shorts, how nice that he praised my sartorial elegance. These celebs know that telling the odd porker when they are being interviewed outside Centre Court is not a bad idea to curry favour. He and his Auntie were lovely, I didn’t need the compliments.
A 75 year old on the hill showed me her Centre Court ticket from 1968 when Roger Taylor was the British number one. He’s the same age and they both look great. I need to start playing this game myself if I want to like them at 75.
I interviewed the “Murraynators” at the top of the hill emblazoned in purple, standing proud despite Andy’s exit, and they later cheered Jamie into the Mixed Doubles Final. What began at the Davis Cup has become an obsession for these 10 ladies for whom tennis has sparked lifelong friendships.
I also met two Mothers and daughters on the hill – both from different parts of the country, and they meet up at Wimbledon. I saw great friends from Mumbai, one from India one based in London – they too met here .. and then they all get the privilege to watch Roger Federer. Life doesn’t get better than this.