why is the wimbledon tournament associated with snobs and hoo-raa henry's

just an observation. Should be open to all classes and ppl of all walks of life.

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It is, unfortunately there are no class checks yet for Wimbledon.

Original Poster

obviously there is some sort of prejudice and in-direct selective process. i.e.the criteria being; public school education, talk like a toff, good looks, well off family (helps), able to afford the wimbledon tournament tickets and the strawberries and cream with champagne that go with it.
oh and what do you mean by "unfortunately"

id love to see a pi key family get in. sat in row H with 15 bottles of special brew and a multipack of pork scratchings between them.

:lol: ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

azzy129;5588613

obviously there is some sort of prejudice and in-direct selective … obviously there is some sort of prejudice and in-direct selective process. i.e.the criteria being; public school education, talk like a toff, good looks, well off family (helps), able to afford the wimbledon tournament tickets and the strawberries and cream with champagne that go with it.oh and what do you mean by "unfortunately"



Well no, you don't need to meet any of those requirements, but you do need to be able to afford it. Unfortunately was supposed to be a slight joke but getting across that not everything must be available to all - otherwise what is the point in working hard to achieve the more special and interesting things in life.

you'd never see strawberries and cream at a football match, lol, a pie and a pint will do there :giggle:

Original Poster

I thought sport unites all. obviously not in this case.

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azzy129;5588686

I thought sport unites all. obviously not in this case.



Where can you play tennis?

Where can you play football?

There's your answer.

FilthAndFurry;5588724

Where can you play tennis?Where can you play football?There's your answer.



There are tennis clubs around here - and parks with tennis nets up. Unfortunately the park run courts are mostly not that great with poor ground and broken nets.

Again there's plenty of space to play football at the parks, also schools often offer after school sessions.

Recently I have noticed clubs such as GOALS offering affordable sessions to youngsters wanting to start to play football.

I think you have to have a look around you - there might be more on offer than you think

Also regarding WImbledon - I have entered into the public ballot many years - and was lucky to get offered tickets twice. Yes you do have to pay whatever the price is for the tickets offered, and it is a luxury. Personally I don't have any vices (other than chocolate) so these are something we are willing to pay out for.

I have also queued from the early hours of the morning to be able to get entry into the grounds.

FilthAndFurry;5588724

Where can you play tennis?Where can you play football?There's your answer.



You can play tennis anywhere you want without a net, just like you can play football wherever you want without a goal.

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peodude;5588836

You can play tennis anywhere you want without a net, just like you can … You can play tennis anywhere you want without a net, just like you can play football wherever you want without a goal.



Really? I know it's a cliche but jumpers for goalposts is all you really need.

Tennis requires at least 2 racquets, a ball, an area of decently moan grass or a concrete surface, and a net.

Butterflies;5588828

Also regarding WImbledon - I have entered into the public ballot many … Also regarding WImbledon - I have entered into the public ballot many years - and was lucky to get offered tickets twice. Yes you do have to pay whatever the price is for the tickets offered, and it is a luxury. Personally I don't have any vices (other than chocolate) so these are something we are willing to pay out for.I have also queued from the early hours of the morning to be able to get entry into the grounds.



how much are the tickets? just out of interest

FilthAndFurry;5588860

Really? I know it's a cliche but jumpers for goalposts is all you really … Really? I know it's a cliche but jumpers for goalposts is all you really need. Tennis requires at least 2 racquets, a ball, an area of decently moan grass or a concrete surface, and a net.



Tennis can be played with one person hitting a ball against a wall. In fact the return can be pretty fast and this can help quicken your returns, it also gets you moving about quite alot. You can also try to chop balls against the wall to alter the spin.

Alternatively, you can pratise your serve anywhere - ok you might not have the court markings to make sure the ball is in, but certainly you can pratise your motion and try to get speed up.

Jed Maxwell;5588934

how much are the tickets? just out of interest



I haven't been in a few years (since having the kids) but here is the official site with the price of tickets

aeltc2009.wimbledon.org/en_…tml

Also on that site will be the details of how to enter the ballot for next year! Probably won't open for a few months though!

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Butterflies;5588967

Tennis can be played with one person hitting a ball against a wall. In … Tennis can be played with one person hitting a ball against a wall. In fact the return can be pretty fast and this can help quicken your returns, it also gets you moving about quite alot. You can also try to chop balls against the wall to alter the spin.Alternatively, you can pratise your serve anywhere - ok you might not have the court markings to make sure the ball is in, but certainly you can pratise your motion and try to get speed up.



I think you've just illustrated my point.

Centre court is for posh people, the hill is for everyone else.

Butterflies;5588967

Tennis can be played with one person hitting a ball against a wall. In … Tennis can be played with one person hitting a ball against a wall. In fact the return can be pretty fast and this can help quicken your returns, it also gets you moving about quite alot. You can also try to chop balls against the wall to alter the spin.



Oh, reminds me of Wii tennis practise, hated that ruddy bit.

FilthAndFurry;5588860

Really? I know it's a cliche but jumpers for goalposts is all you really … Really? I know it's a cliche but jumpers for goalposts is all you really need. Tennis requires at least 2 racquets, a ball, an area of decently moan grass or a concrete surface, and a net.



grass and concrete, surely clay-courts apply, as the tennis club i play at has 2 of them :thumbsup:

ChipSticks;5589036

Oh, reminds me of Wii tennis practise, hated that ruddy bit.



only cos you were pants at it.

I thought everyone could enter the public draw...

Tennis is an elitist sport, it therefore attracts like-minded people.

[COLOR="Red"]Come on Tim!


:roll:[/COLOR]

moob;5589313

Tennis is an elitist sport, it therefore attracts like-minded people.



RUBBISH!

moob;5589313

Tennis is an elitist sport, it therefore attracts like-minded people.



Can you explain why you think it's elitist? Am curious.

Anyone who wants to apply for a public ballot paper click on this link

aeltc2009.wimbledon.org/en_…tml

Ballot application forms can be applied for from 1st August 2009

torapoole;5589557

Can you explain why you think it's elitist? Am curious.



Because 90% of those who are 'successful' are from families who have the significant money available to put their kids through the required training.

It's the F1 of ball games.

moob;5589619

Because 90% of those who are 'successful' are from families who have the … Because 90% of those who are 'successful' are from families who have the significant money available to put their kids through the required training.It's the F1 of ball games.



Funny, I thought the money came from the LTA (and indeed prize money British players win to repay them).... That certainly seems to be the debate on the BBC atm.

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Butterflies;5589497

RUBBISH!



There aren't enough free courts and pick up games don't really suit the sport.

It's just not that easy to get a game up and running like you can with football.

FilthAndFurry;5589673

It's just not that easy to get a game up and running like you can with … It's just not that easy to get a game up and running like you can with football.



What about rugby? Can't use jumpers for that

moob;5589619

Because 90% of those who are 'successful' are from families who have the … Because 90% of those who are 'successful' are from families who have the significant money available to put their kids through the required training.It's the F1 of ball games.



I wouldn't mind knowing where you got this statistic from?

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peodude;5589691

What about rugby? Can't use jumpers for that



No, you can't. That's why Twickenham tends to be made up of a lot of public school/grammar school educated people who would have played the game.

That's not to say everyone is, because the RFU distributes tickets through the clubs. But even then clubs are made up of people who played at school.

torapoole;5589672

Funny, I thought the money came from the LTA (and indeed prize money … Funny, I thought the money came from the LTA (and indeed prize money British players win to repay them).... That certainly seems to be the debate on the BBC atm.



The LTA don't pay for the kids to get the tuition they need at grass roots level, nor do they contribute to those who want advanced training either.

They do pay salaries to established professionals however.

FilthAndFurry;5589673

There aren't enough free courts and pick up games don't really suit the … There aren't enough free courts and pick up games don't really suit the sport.It's just not that easy to get a game up and running like you can with football.



loads of free courts near me, there are a few where i live, 3 just been re-laid and 2 of average quality but could do with new nets, i hardly use them as i play at a club

Butterflies;5589718

I wouldn't mind knowing where you got this statistic from?



It was a guesstimate.

Could you perhaps come up with say, more than 20 professional tennis players who don't come from a privileged background?

moob;5589755

The LTA don't pay for the kids to get the tuition they need at grass … The LTA don't pay for the kids to get the tuition they need at grass roots level, nor do they contribute to those who want advanced training either.They do pay salaries to established professionals however.



Are you sure about that? (Genuine question, not rhetorical!) I know that the debate atm is that there should be more funding but i thought they gave further training to players showing promise, which might not quite be grass roots but as others have mentioned, there are public courts etc for those interested. I'm not saying the situation is ideal and I sincerely hope that there will be more LTA funded training but I don't think it's as elitist as perhaps you're making out.

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TomWilkoLFC;5589756

loads of free courts near me, there are a few where i live, 3 just been … loads of free courts near me, there are a few where i live, 3 just been re-laid and 2 of average quality but could do with new nets, i hardly use them as i play at a club



And that's great, but in my experience not the norm.

FilthAndFurry;5589789

And that's great, but in my experience not the norm.



It's still a step in the right direction though at least! :thumbsup:

FilthAndFurry;5589789

And that's great, but in my experience not the norm.



i live in a village with 5. other surrounding villages have 2 or 3 but around the town we live near i must say there a quite alot of all surfaces to, and i dont exactly live in a 'good' town (grimsby)

It used to cost me £50 a year membership and a £1 a week for training from a failed professional with different facilities, hardly expensive? Oh wait I lied, £5 deposit for a key to be able to use the courts at any time.
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