June, and it’s time for British tennis fans to celebrate!
It’s the grass season, and that means the best tennis players in the world are on their way to London for the wonderful month when tennis returns—literally—to its roots.
The oldest, most prestigious and—for this openly biased Brit—the best Grand Slam beckons: Wimbledon.
Few of us, though, even those who live just miles from those hallowed courts, are lucky enough to win tickets in the ballot. Thank heavens, then, for the handful of warm-up events that draw not only fans but the players like moths to a candle.
They, too, urgently need to squeeze in some grass, and have the rather great incentives of big ranking points, bigger bucks, and the biggest kudos in tennis!
By far the most popular of the four 250 ATP events that has filled the schedule so far is Queens, in upmarket West Kensington.
As if to confirm that this is, indeed, the season for tennis in England, it rained for much of the week. But the draw remained—just about—on track, and the grass served up enough sunny interludes to warm the most disgruntled of hearts.
Here are a few.