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post #35 of (permalink) Old 06-04-2013, 12:17 AM
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Re: Who's Going?

Hypothetical question...hoping to get to Wimbledon sometime in the next couple of years--probably 2015 or 2016.

I put together a couple of possible itineraries/budgets. These are all within a few hundred dollars of one another.

1) Fly in from Chicago on the Tuesday of Qualies, catch the full Wednesday at Roehampton. Get Thursday and Friday to explore London (I studied in the UK a few years ago so I've seen some but there's always more to see), on Saturday take a cheap weekend train to Eastbourne for that final...then Monday/Tuesday, queue for Wimbledon...grounds pass one day, maybe show court the other (overnight). Fly back to Chicago Thursday.

2) fly in from Chicago on Saturday. Queue Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, hopefully getting show court one of those days, and trying to get resale show courts on one of the grounds pass days too. Fly back to Chicago Thursday. This is the cheapest option, but gives me zero free time in London aside from Sunday before getting in the queue.

3) fly in from Chicago on Saturday and going four days of the first week...with one free day in London on the day I don't go to Wimby. This is the most expensive option since show court tickets get pricier by Friday. Fly back to Chicago Saturday.

Right now I think it's probably between option 1 and option 3...though I'll also apply on the ballot as well to see if I can get any tickets that way.

"A tacit rhetorical assumption here is that you have very probably never heard of Michael Joyce of Brentwood, L.A... Nor of Vince Spadea nor Jonathan Stark...--all ranked in the world’s top one hundred at one point in 1995. Nor of Jeff Tarango, sixty-eight in the world, unless you remember his unfortunate psychotic breakdown in full public view during last year’s Wimbledon.

You are invited to try to imagine what it would be like to be among the hundred best in the world at something. At anything. I have tried to imagine; it’s hard."
--David Foster Wallace (), "Tennis Player Michael Joyce's Professional Artistry as a Paradigm of Certain Stuff about Choice, Freedom, Discipline, Joy, Grotesquerie, and Human Completeness"
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