"A DAY OF SUSTAINED DRAMA AND SUSPENSE"
S A T U R D A Y, 1 J U L Y
After lunch changed into Scallywags dress. Didn't know what shoes to wear as it was so hot but finally decided on flip-flops. At quarter past one the Holloways arrived and drove Chump and me to Wimbledon!!!
Bought cushions and found our Centre Court seats, absolutely fab seats, right up in the front! And of course we got all the sun, though at times it was a bit too hot. We arrived in the middle of the Taylor/Drysdale match and Taylor playing staggeringly - I have never seen such marvellous serves in all my life. He won in the end, he certainly deserved to, it's so good that he's English.
Chump and me had such fun; it was hilarious as we kept taking off Jack Kraemer and Dan Maskell (we could see them up by the BBC camera in their rabbit hutches). In JK's sing-song American accent we said things like, "well Dan, it looks as if these new balls are having an effect on Cliff Drysdale!" - people must have heard us, we kept up a running commentary the whole match! At quarter to 4 we left to have tea. We were terribly lucky, we managed to get a table and there wasn't any queue for the food. Had tomato and cucumber sandwiches, eclairs, orange squash, and, of course, strawberries and cream (3/6d a bowl). We wandered around a bit, it was so lovely in the sunshine.
He was about 24, with Jacques Dutronc features, a Gary Brooker expression and the most beautiful moustache I’ve ever seen. He also had a long clay pipe! I haven't seen such a nice person since Finkelstein. We bought lollies both times the ices man came up - the poor chap was in such a flap: about 20 people were bombarding him from all sides and they all had the wrong change. Then we saw Maria Bueno against Rosemary Casals – and Miss Casals won!!! She’s 18 and she's absolutely fantastic. The amount of energy she has in her! She's bound to win Wimbledon one day.
Today was terrific - not only were Drysdale and Maria Bueno beaten but two other seeds, and... EMERSON!!! I could hardly believe it when I heard.
"The Ascot of tennis": fabulous 1960 footage