Hello SOTGC Community,
There’s more to professional tennis than tennis skirts and overhand serves. According to the Tennis Industry Association the number of people playing tennis has increased so there’s a very good chance that the person next to you in a meeting has swung a racket before. Working tennis into a conversation isn’t as hard as you think.
One of the most notable professional tournaments is Wimbledon which is one of the four major annual tournaments and is the only major to be played on grass courts. Here are a few other ways to talk shop.
- Let’s talk about London. Who doesn’t love London with all it’s British charm and bustling streets? London is the home Princess Kate, Big Ben and Wimbledon.
- Dress code discussion. Similar to a P. Diddy party, all players must don white attire. There has been some controversial athlete attire over the years including the 2016 Nike dress. Attendees are also expected to look the part and abide by the strict dress code, which includes jackets and a tie for men. Whether you’re the Queen or a movie star, you will be refused entry to the stadium for your not so chic attire.
- Heat up the conversation. When your co–worker keeps turning down the office thermostat, the tennis balls of Wimbledon feel your pain. Those yellow balls are stored at 68 degrees Fahrenheit until they’re thrown on the court for play. Over the 13-day tournament over 50,000 balls are used. To put it into perspective that’s a three to one ratio of glasses of champagne drank to tennis balls used at Wimbledon.
- How about hard work paying off? The position of ball person is a highly coveted job at the tournament. Like that summer internship position you really wanted, you have to fight for this title as well. Over 750 boys and girls undergo a vigorous tryout for one of the 250 spots and a chance to rub elbows with the best tennis players in the world.
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