I got a call
I got a call. A phone call to be precise. It was a random call. I was about to hang up assuming it was one of those ‘Congratulations you have won an iPad’ calls. But the lady had my name and referred the phone call to the only blogging event that I went for – Britmums! During that blogging conference, other than meeting many amazing people, I went for many fun stalls and one of the stalls was of British Tennis and I entered a competition for the ATP World Tour Finals tickets. They were at Britmums to talk about their Great British Tennis Weekend (where local venues offer free Tennis to everyone). Here’s a link if you want to take a look www.lta.org.uk.
When I entered my name, I wanted to win but my head was saying ‘what are the chances?’. As per my past records, other than winning a packet of Semolina, that too in a competition organised by my own family members, I hadn’t won anything. So when I got that call my natural reflex was to hang up….ya ya!! But Hannah, the Public Relations officer for LTA (British Lawn Tennis Association) was authentic and convincing. Even then, when she said that I was the competition winner, my ‘thank you’ was a bit breezy. She asked me to confirm my email id. She sent the following email:
Congratulations on winning the ATP World Tour Final’s tickets!
I’ve put some dates below during the tournament, so please let me know when might work for you and we can get these reserved. As you may already know, the tournament takes place at the O2 in Greenwich. To reiterate, you have won 2 tickets to the tennis.
My thank you note to that email was genuine and heartfelt. I absolutely loved the prospect!!
So on Wednesday, 16th of November 2016, we chose to go and watch my first ever Tennis match.
I told my hubby that if I don’t manage to find childcare, he would have to look after the kids and I will go and watch the match with a friend.
My hubby almost in a flash said, ‘No, I want to watch it’ ( Sometimes, when you want something, you just have to say it loud and clear:-)).
So babysitter was the only option and we did manage somehow.
On the appointed day, we got everything ready. Hubby picked up our son from school and I picked up our daughter from nursery. All set!
Destination O2 arena. I could feel the vibe. It was electrifying!
There was a long queue for scanning our bags and no food and drinks were allowed. I was very confident that there was nothing in my bag. I picked up a sleek bag for the event. But I don’t know how but my ever so thoughtful kids manage to put a half eaten packet of biscuit, a few lollipops, and chocolates. My bag was little. It must have required extraordinary skills to squeeze in so many things in that little space. There I was, standing in the queue and digging my bag for more stuff. Finally managed to discard everything and went straight to the gates.
The first session was a doubles match between the world number one Herbert/Mahut (France) and Lopez/Lopez (Spain). It was a good match but my heart was on a singles match. By the end of that match, the stadium was getting packed. Immediately after that session, Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic came on to play and I loved it! Tennis Singles…ah at last!
And it all started from that call…I got a call! A big thank you to British LTA and Britmums:-)