Last day at Wimbledon is party day - with or without Murray

Sun Jul 6, 2014 10:45am EDT
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By Michael Roddy

LONDON (Reuters) - Centre Court tickets, two bottles of "fizz" and sunshine assured that Stevie Bishop of Surrey and Debs Major of London would have a good time on the final day of Wimbledon on Sunday despite Britain's Andy Murray being out of the competition.

The final day of the 13-day grand slam event is as much a day for partying, picnicking and celebrity spotting as it is for watching the main action on Centre Court where Roger Federer faced Novak Djokovic for the men's singles title.

The crowd near the gate where the celebrities enter had spotted crooner Cliff Richard, former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, actor Samuel L. Jackson and British former tennis professional and Wimbledon women's singles winner Virginia Wade.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife Kate, who saw Murray go down to defeat last Wednesday from the Royal Box, were back again for the men's final.

"It's just the atmosphere, there's nothing like Wimbledon really," Bishop said. They both said that with last year's champ Murray eliminated, they were rooting for Federer because, as Major put it, "He comes across as a friendly type."

Whoever won, though, a good time was guaranteed as the women had packed a bottle of Cava and another Prosecco - plus, Bishop was quick to add, things to eat.

The festive mood was shared by Cheryl Kilgannon and Anita Blake, both from London, who did not have Centre Court tickets but were back because, as Kilgannon put it, "It's so British".

"It's what all the tennis players want, and it's here in London, and they want to hold the cup to say, 'I've won Wimbledon' - that's why they keep on coming back," Blake said, explaining the championship's allure.   Continued...

Roger Federer of Switzerland (TOP) hits a return during his men's singles final tennis match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville