Five days of grass court competition for the players ahead of Wimbledon with Boodles allowing me to wear some of their precious stones throughout the proceedings.
Very lucky lady. My role involved lunchtime Q and As with the likes of Ernest Gulbis, Marin Cilic and Jerzy Janowizc, their intros on to court and post match interviews.
A brilliant few days and the crowds were fantastic and often joined in with our on court discussions!
A few highlights… Goran Ivanisevic watched on as Marin Cilic played, the crowd in ore of the 2001 Wimbledon Championship wildcard winner. Meeting Jack Sock, great character who last Sunday won the men’s doubles title at SW19 with his partner Vasek Pospisil.Oh and away from tennis the girls from Beulah allowed me to wear their dresses for the week, thank you ladies! Very much appreciated.
It was then to South West London working for Live@Wimbledon for ten days. We were on air every day for seven hours with the footage streamed on to the Championship website and going around the world for people to view. With over three million hits last year we were determined to make sure we beat that figure.
My role was roving reporter, finding stories around the grounds, interviewing various broadcasters from around the world, the players, the fans and celebrities who attended. Some of the highlights included chatting to Rod Laver, who was over from Australia with many Aussie tennis legends including Ken Rosewall and Neale Fraser.
Rod, the winner of 11 Grand Slam titles and four Wimbledon Championships gave a real insight in to how the game has changed since he was playing. He also spoke about the young Australian Nick Kyrgios, who impressed the world at SW19.
He explained how Nick plays without fear and his raw talent will be so exciting to watch in the next few years.
Another special moment for me was interviewing the hilarious Jonathan Ross, Ant and Dec. As usual the boys were all highly entertaining and enjoying their day. Check out
the interview below.
We filmed some lovely features on Henman Hill with numerous fans, all of whom were incredibly cheerful despite their lack of sleep and the hours they had spent queuing. There really was a unique feeling, every supporter we spoke to was just delighted to be inside the gates and part of the incredible Wimbledon atmosphere
It was a privilege to watch the players train so hard at Aorangi Park before and in between their matches. What really impressed me was their dedication. I watched Maria Sharapova warm up and perform a variety of functional training movements with her fitness coach before her hitting session. I love how hard the girls work and they are a real inspiration to young women. They are true role models and show what can be achieved with hard work and determination.
The final weekend of Wimbledon I dashed across to Wales for the Celebrity Cup 2014. Four teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales battled it out at Celitc Manor. I presented all weekend with Andrew Cotter, who literally makes me laugh constantly. Thank you Andrew for allowing me to interview you as Monty during the gala dinner on Saturday night! Mike Tindall’s England team came out on top come Sunday afternoon. Rob Brydon and Brendan O’Carroll from Mrs Brown’s Boys were simply hysterical and a pleasure to watch on stage.
Next stop Royal Birkdale for the Ricoh Women’s British Open followed by The Open at Hoylake.