Anyone for tennis?

Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and this year runs from the 2nd to the 15th of July. During this time more than 28,000kg of strawberries and 10,000 litres of cream will be consumed, 29,000 bottles of champagne will be drunk and over 54,000 tennis balls will be used!

If you fancy getting into the Wimbledon spirit then you can enjoy the best local Perthshire strawberries from J L Gills, McNees, The Handy Shop, The Crieff Food Company and Fish in Crieff. Strawberries are also an essential ingredient for creating a jug of refreshing Pimm’s, a more affordable and tasty alternative drink to champagne. Add fresh mint, cucumber, sliced apple and lots of ice for a fruity refreshing summer drink. Try adding ginger ale rather than lemonade for an extra bit of zing. Ellie’s Cellar, A & A Stores, Harrisons Fine Wines and the Co-op all stock Pimm’s.

The game of tennis was created by Major Walton Clopton Wingfield (some name!) in 1876 and was originally men’s singles only. Women were invited to join at the surprisingly early date of 1884, however, they were expected to play wearing full length corseted white dresses and hats, which maybe limited their movements and ability to see clearly more than a little! Men played in white long-sleeved shirts and trousers, with the first shorts not seen until 1930. This is quite a contrast to the revealing outfits favoured by many players today, not to mention the statement pieces sported by the Williams’ sisters or the infamous catsuit worn by Anne White.

Once you sit in front of a game, it could have you hooked for a very long time, so it’s wise to have some supplies in. Classic foods for Wimbledon include quiche, scones, pork pies and sandwiches. Campbell’s Bakery, Tower Bakery, McNees and The Crieff Food Company all have a good selection of classic summer/picnic foods to takeaway or the staple ingredients if you want to make your own.

Watching the box for such long periods of time could take it’s toll on your eyes too, the longest match ever lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes, the final set ran to a whopping 8 hours! If you haven’t had an eye test recently maybe now would be a good time to do so, P & A Eyecare and The Eye Centre both offer free eye examinations and a range of frames and lenses to suit every budget.

With our local hero, Andy Murray now officially out of the tournament who will you be rooting for this year?