I have been waiting for so long to be able to write this down, but it finally is true- The Olympics are finally in London! I don’t know about you, but I really feel so excited! I wanted to go to the Games in Athens, but I was just 15 back then and my parents did not let me by myself and I could not convince them to take me all the way across Europe.
But now I have the perfect conditions to fulfil my dreams and attend at least three or four Olympic events. Aesthetic gymnastics is a must. I guess if I was not a ballet dancer, I would have chosen gymnastics instead. I must have been lucky though, because Britain is not that strong in that field. I have had the chance to watch those amazing Eastern European girls from Russia, Ukraine and Bulgaria- they really make it look like art rather than a sport competition.
And then of course there is tennis. Funny enough, though I live in Wimbledon I have never been keen on tennis. I think this was the first time when I broke my father’s heart- when I told him I just don’t see myself with a racket in my hand. All this changed just a couple of weeks ago when some close friends took me to the final at Wimbledon. I have been to a football match before, but it really doesn’t come close to the tension and emotion of what happened on the court. I have never rooted for an athlete as much as I did for Andy Murray. I wanted him to win so bad, I even broke a fingernail when he lost the third set. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.
There is something I am really worried about though. The Olympic Games are much more an international event than Wimbledon itself and I expect a lot more tourists to visit the complex. I know enough about the courts and understand how sacred Wimbledon is for all the people involved in tennis, but would the tourist feel the same? Would they keep it as clean and well-ordered as possible? And how will the organizers come up to the immense task of presenting another huge tournament at the same complex in just two weeks?
I do hope my native Wimbledon will present itself in the best light possible. After all we have given the world the sport of tennis, and now it comes back to its birthplace at the biggest event possible! Is this not the perfect case scenario?!