So...Queens. It's basically everything you've heard and seen and more. Easily the shwankiest tournament that I have ever been to (yes, I'm looking at you, Madrid). Normally that would annoy the shizz out of me, but given my general love of all things British, meh, it didn't bother me at all. I give credit to the tournament for being able to balance the *heavily* corporate nature of the tournament with still giving hardcore tennis fans what they want: good seats, a great draw, and awkwardly close practice court access.
Not that this doesn't come cheap. I went on the first day and had to shell out 50 pounds for the cheapest Center Court ticket. With the blockbuster lineup on Tuesday I dropped 72 pounds for a second row ticket in a corner sideline. So...yeah. THAT'S FUCKIN' EXPENSIVE, YO. That said, I don't regret any of it.
More like "Out Train The RAIN" amIright?
This is the walkway to the practice courts. They're on the other side of the bushes. If you suck it up and squeeze through the random group of people just standing there and clogging up the entrance (move or leave, people!), then you're practicaly standing on the courts. It's a bit nutty.