A special Sunday for Londoners

Jul 09, 2012, 07:53 IST | Dileep Mehta

Overcast conditions followed by a downpour, this Sunday remained a special one for the Britons as they keenly followed the proceedings at Centre Court where Andy Murray was on the verge of creating history

A win for Murray in the Wimbledon final would make him the first Brit to win a singles title at the All-England Club after 1936. Also, outside the club, the atmosphere was electrifying. Fans draped in national flags and umbrellas in their hands cheering for Murray was a wonderful sight outside the venue.


Fans protect themselves from rain at the All-England Club yesterday. Pic/AFP

Hectic at pubs
An alarming sight was observed at London pubs, streets and restaurants just before the start of the Wimbledon final between Murray and Roger Federer. The pub owners had a tough time tackling the crowds since early afternoon. “We are observing a 200 per cent increase in revenue for this match,” said a pub owner.

Generally table booking is not a practise here in London pubs as it’s provided on a first come first serve basis, but this time it was bit different. “We started receiving phone calls from 1.45 pm, as they wanted to book their seats before it was too late and so we obliged them,” said the pub owner. As a result, the seats close to the large screen were considered the premium ones with higher prices.
Underground buzz
The Murray magic didn’t spare even the underground train service. These trains generally have lesser crowd on Sunday, but yesterday all the district line trains that lead to Wimbledon were filled up. The fans just wanted to queue up since early morning to manage a ground ticket at £8 in their bid to be part of history after Britain’s 76-year wait. 

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