Last week was one of my pinch me. I can’t believe I am here moments. I didn’t dare pinch myself just in case I did actually wake up. Just last week I was inside Centre Court at Wimbledon! even though the roof was up, and it was raining, absolutely nothing could dampen my spirit. I was at Wimbledon, somewhere I wanted to be ever since my mum introduced me to the sport when I was little. Wimbledon for us was pure tradition and marked the beginning of summer, strawberries and cream, and every evening for two weeks cheering on our favourite players. I was a guest of Lavazza who have been official sponsors of the British institution that is Wimbledon for the past six years, as well as the other grand slams.
Throughout the Wimbledon fortnight (27 June – 10 July 2016), the Lavazza coffee break will be served at over 60 service points from 200 coffee machines and is free to enjoy while tennis fans form the world’s most famous queue. Lavazza partnered with Häagen-Dazs to serve delicious traditional Italian Affogatos (ice cream ‘drowned’ in coffee) for an hour each day. For the first time, Lavazza is collaborating with the innovators behind The Ripple Maker to allow fans to customise their actual cappuccinos and lattes with special messages and photos, meaning they can support their favourite players whilst enjoying a caffeine kick. Lavazza ambassadors Toni Nadal, Judy Murray and Carlos Moyá made a special guest appearance handing energy-boosting Lavazza coffee to those eagerly waiting in the queue.
The day flew by so quickly and I really wish I could relive it all over again. The atmosphere was buoyant as we knew we were in for some good matches, and the rosta did not disappoint with Djokovic and Federer playing back to back. We supported the underdogs and cheered and clapped when a volley was placed elegantly within a long rally. We huffed at every unforced error, and laughed when an opponent raised up their hands at getting in passing shot against Feder ( it was the warm up). This was such an unforgettable experience, and I will be eternally greatful to Lavazza for letting me be a part of it.
All photographs are my own