When Natalie, one of my teaching colleagues, suggested we queue for tickets on the Saturday morning of the finals, I thought it was a great idea. I never dreamt we'd get to see Serena and Venus Williams compete in the Ladies' Doubles Final!
Once we arrived at the Wimbledon grounds at 8am, we were issued with a queue card.
Each queue card is unique and has a designated number and date. One queue card allows you to purchase one ticket (tickets are strictly cash only at Wimbledon).
Ticket prices vary, depending on court access and whether it's early or late in the 13 day competition. Finals tickets can be £145 and beyond, whereas tickets to courts other than centre court were around £35 and ground passes were £15.
Some people even camp out for days to get in position to get tickets to the matches they want.
Getting tickets to Wimbeldon is slightly more difficult than it seems. Only a limited amount of tickets are available online, the majority must be purchased on the day via the queue.
Queuing has quite a reputation in London and British people take their queuing very seriously. It is a standard process for people en masse, who need to get from A to B in an orderly fashion.
People queue to use public transport, line up at sporting matches, at the races and at festivals and concerts. And just in case you weren't sure, it was made very clear, as was written on the queue card, 'queue jumping is not acceptable and will not be tolerated!'
Queuing to get into the grounds was half the fun. It was very well organised and there was ample entertainment as we lined up.
Sponsors of the event had tents set up and you could walk freely and return to your position in the queue.
The ice cream company Haagen Dazs had multiple photo booths with new ice cream flavours to sample, Lavazza Coffee offered a unique experience to get your face scanned and then imprinted onto the top of your latte and Twitter filmed and uploaded action shots of patrons versus some of the greatest tennis players of our time.
Centre Court was wonderful to see too. It was built in the 1920s and is considered the world's most famous tennis court.
It holds 15,000 people and you seem to get a very good view wherever you are seated.
The unusual addition, compared to the Australian Open, is the presence of service personnel from the army, navy, air force and marines at the tournament.
Yep, the stadium is filled with hundreds of men dressed in uniform...at your service! Since 1946, servicemen and women have been volunteering their time as stewards to help run the event, a tradition that stems from shortly after World World Two.
After Serena won the Ladies' Singles final she took to the balcony with her trophy, much to the delight of the media and the crowd.
The Gentleman's Doubles final saw four French players battle it out for victory.
I was most excited to see Serena and Venus Williams play in the Ladies' Doubles final, which they won. I began watching tennis in the late 90s, which was the same time they had entered the professional circuit.
It was a wonderful atmosphere to be a part of and like the rest of the crowd, we drank Pimms, the traditional British drink.