5/19/2009

Wimbledon Tennis Tournament

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Wimbledon Tennis Tournament

***** Location: England
***** Season: Summer
***** Category: Humanity


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The Championships, Wimbledon, or simply Wimbledon
, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is widely considered the most prestigious.It has been held at the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon since 1877. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, and the only one still played on grass courts.

The tournament takes place over two weeks in late June and early July, culminating with the gentlemen's singles final, scheduled for the second Sunday. As of the 2008 tournament, five major events are contested, as well as four junior events and four invitational events.
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This is a tribute to the only Romanian writer I am genuinely a fan of, Ioan Chirila (1927-1999). He earned his living as a sports columnist and apparently wrote mostly about sports (which allowed him to travel, as well as to slip through the fingers of censorship in Communist times).

But, in his prose writing, sports is often just a pretext for writing about such topics as Rembrandt, multiculturalism,the Russian soul, the common roots of Europe, the Renaissance or whatever.

The image I turned into a haiku comes from his book, "Switching the Timezones", published in 1980;and the reason I did it, is because I feel he captured a true "haiku moment" there.

rainy Wimbledon
the smoke wrapping it, coloured
by the Ceylon tea


Cristian Mocanu, July 2006

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game, set, and match!
so begins the stampede for
strawberries and cream

Strawberries and cream are so much part of the Wimbledon event that an image of the food immediately evokes the tennis competition and thus the time of the year. In a typically odd English way, the dates of Wimbledon fortnight are set at "six weeks before the first Monday in August and last approximately two weeks"
http://www.beforeyoudie.co.uk/Wimbledon.htm

"Every year about 27,000 kilos of strawberries are eaten during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, together with 7,000 litres of cream. The popularity of serving strawberries with cream is possibly as old as the event itself."
http://www.wimbledonvisitor.com/tennis.html

Susan Shand (Plymouth), May 2009
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Wimbledon ---
where tennis balls
bounce higher


- Shared by Fred Masarani -
Joys of Japan, 2012



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1 comment:

Kishore said...

Hi everyone, the Wimbledon Open Tennis 2009 starting from June 22nd to 5th July. For more information like schedules, dates, players list, rankings, draws, score etc visit “Altiusdirectory.com”.

http://www.altiusdirectory.com/Sports/2009-wimbledon-tennis-championships-schedules.html