Lucy At The Wimbledon Championships
This year’s Wimbledon Championships marked my 10th Appearance at the All England Club, and having previously appeared in 3 Doubles Finals at Wimbledon, I always go into this tournament hungry for success on the grass, despite it being an incredibly tough surface for me as a player.
A home Grand Slam also comes with its own excitement. There is a lot more interest in you as a player and Wimbledon have been making huge headway over the past couple of years, promoting our sport and raising public interest. All matches are now available to view on the BBC Red Button, with finals screened live on BBC 2. As a British player you always want to do yourself proud at the Championships.
I was therefore absolutely delighted to make it through to my 4th Wimbledon Doubles Final. This time alongside Sabine Ellerbrock from Germany. As the oldest women in the competition, we continued to prove that age is no barrier. Sadly the result did not go our way in the final with the No.#1 seeds proving exactly why they are No.#1 and No.#2 in the World respectively.
However, it was incredible to be back in my first Grand Slam final for 5 years and this time in front of a large and enthusiastic home crowd on Court 3. The match was also shown live on BBC 2 before the Men’s final. The last time I was in the final at Wimbledon was in 2012 before the London Paralympics, the public interest in the sport was nowhere near what it is now. It is really great to see how far our sport has already come and with the profile continuing to increase year on year, it is an exciting time to be a wheelchair tennis player.
In terms of my tennis, this year I am delighted to be working with a new coach, Luke Mulvihill from Sutton Tennis Academy. Together we have been making some great improvements as I continue to strive to develop as a player every day. I am really excited about this training block, with some real specific targets and structure, it will be great to see how this can positively impact my game as I head out to compete in the US at the end of August in preparation for the US Open Grand Slam in New York.
3 Times Paralympian, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016 and 2 times Paralympic bronze medal winner
Lucy is heading off to compete in Israel next week, and the team at Cranmers are delighted to have provided the financial support for Lucy to be able to take her hitting partner, Debbie Hale, formally of Taunton Tennis Club. We wish Lucy every success at the tournament and look forward to hearing about how it goes.
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Cranmers Optometrists have proudly sponsored Lucy since 2008. With a career which has already seen Lucy compete at 3 Paralympic Games winning two Bronze medals, it has been an honour to provide Lucy with specialist sports performance eye-wear and financial support during this time.
In return all the team at Cranmers Optometrists have been rewarded with a friendship from Lucy that has shown us all courage in the face of adversity and the dedication required to turn your dreams into reality.
Sat courtside at the London 2012 Olympics watching Lucy achieve her first Paralympic medal goes down as one of the most humbling experiences of my life.
– Kate, Cranmer’s Director