UPDATE: I am living in Roanoke!
I love tennis. My friends and past roommates will confirm this and probably tell you stories about me yelling at the TV or randomly yelling out "NO!" while staring at my computer screen.
Growing up, my sister and I learned to play tennis at the Princess Anne Country Club. Our mom was a big tennis player and lover and encouraged us to play the sport. One summer the club was my "babysitter". I would ride my bike the mile from my house to the club and spend about 12+ hours there starting at 8 am. My day was swim practice, free swim, lunch, 3-4 hours of tennis, swim or dive practice, dinner, swimming, ride home. Those were long days, but great ones. As my interests shifted and I started attending a summer camp for most of two months, playing tennis only came in the half hour to hour I could play while at camp (eventually teaching it as a counselor). But my love for tennis never waned. I begged for news from Wimbledon in letters to my mom, always hoping that an American would prevail (specifically Andy Roddick). One of the reasons that I love Wimbledon is that the fans would love to see the greats play, but they are satisfied by seeing great matches on the outer courts like court 5 and court 18 which held the longest tennis match in history last year between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut (a 5th set that went to 70-68 and lasted over 11 hours over three days!). They swarm the grounds and genuinely love the game. Why do I love this about Wimbledon specifically? Probably because I was appalled by the crowd in Paris for Roland Garros (French Open) this year. For quarter-and semifinals the stands were hardly full. They couldn't have cared less for the outer courts and it just surprises me that some say it is the best grand slam. I feel the players like playing clay court because it requires your game to be well-rounded and you have to excel at constructing points to win. But it is not this fan's favorite. Like I said the Wimbledon lawns are surrounded by fans and they appreciate the opportunity they have to see great tennis and do not squander those times when a single match breaks 7+ all-time records the likes of which we may never see again!
Another reason I love Wimbledon is for the traditions and the memories. Wimbledon grew to be rather special to our family because we always ended up cooking for Breakfast at Wimbledon and watching the final matches. It was as casual as it could be, but always great. The memories of these weekends will always be with me. My mom and I definitely share a great love for the game and we love to watch it and add our own commentary about everything from fashion to individual points.
One of my life goals is to take my mom to Wimbledon for the full two weeks, get the full experience. Mom deserves that because she has worked her tail off to support my sister and I and to make sure she was there for all of our games, tests, meets, graduations, failures, and triumphs. It would be extra super cool to get her there to watch the ALL-TIME great Roger Federer win one and, for me, Andy Roddick.
These thoughts are kind of jumbled but all true