Wimbledon has officially taken the prize for most exciting sport happening in the world right now (who honestly cares about the Euros now that England are out?), and the action isn’t just happening on centre court.
In five short days, I managed to go wine tasting with Novak Djokovic, sang Taylor Swift with Serena Williams and talked sweatproof lashes with the world number 3, Agnieszka Radwanska. Here’s how it all went down…
Start as you mean to go on, right? I settled down with Agnieszka Radwanska to talk how to keep fit like a tennis player, Asian fusion takeaways (yes, even Wimbledon pros eat for speed sometimes) and why she’s never seen without her lashes. Read the full interview here…
When an invitation to do karaoke with Serena Williams lands in your inbox, you do NOT say no. Held at London’s W Hotel in association with Delta Air Lines, we sipped on Serenade (vodka, cranberry and hella fruity infusions) before Serena belted out What A Feeling with an unsuspecting guest (shout out to Tracy) and BFF Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off. As Beyonce’s Lemonade proved, Serena has moves. ‘I just try to have a little fun before beginning a two week tournament. This is our first event here in London, and I’m looking forward to playing on the grass’. Babe.
Serena Williams joins Delta Air Lines for “Baseline Sessions,” a private karaoke event to celebrate London’s most iconic tennis tournament at the W Leicester Square on Wednesday, June 22
Wine tasting and dinner with Novak Djokovic? I’m in. I was whisked to Wimbledon by Jacob’s Creek, whose led a wine tasting before we settled down to dinner overlooking centre court. Hosted by chef Lisa Faulkner, there were nine dishes on the menu; three starters (including an Insta-bait cheese board and crispy pancetta with pea puree), three mains, like lamb cutlet and Novak’s vegan courgette lasagne (trust me, delicious), and three desserts. We devoured the no-bake lemon curd and white chocolate cheesecake. OK, and the pavlova. And the sticky toffee pudding. As for the Novak Djokovic vegan diet? It still involves cake – read it here. I’d just like to add he is the nicest tennis player I’ve ever met, and happily gave me some tips on turning vegan (it’s ok to take it in steps!).
It’s the end of the week, I’m tired and in desperate need of vitamins after all that wine. So thank the Wimbledon gods for Jubilee strawberries, who popped round with a punnet of their finest. Named in honour of our reigning monarch’s big birthday, we’ll be topping cream, pavlovas and shortcake rounds (click for how to make them) with the heart-shaped fruit.
If you can’t make it court-side this summer, set up a picnic at big screens across the country; try the Brighton Big Screen, The Trafford Centre in Manchester, The Square in Birmingham, Paddington Basin in London, or The Arch’s private screening sessions to take tennis to the next level).
And while they're breaking on centre-court, people-watch with our gallery of all the celebrities at Wimbledon...