Birthday present

My husband gave me a day at the tennis finals of Stockholm Open as a birthday present. He managed to get special “sponsor tickets” through Audi–we got our leasing car through them 2 years ago.

We arrived at the tennis center around an hour before the first game. It took us a little while to find the entrance as we weren’t supposed to go through the normal entrance but a special “sponsor entrance”.  When we got inside the different companies sponsoring the event had their own little area for their guests where they served food. We didn’t know they were going to serve food in advance but we were quite hungry by the time we got there so the buffet table was a perfect lunch treat before the game.

Audi's corner.
Audi’s corner.
Lunch time
Lunch time

After lunch we went to the main court to find our seats and then enjoyed a total of 3,5 hours of tennis action. First the doubles final and then the single final with a 30 minute break between the two.

Start of the doubles final. The swedish couple lost against the much higher ranked competitors.
Start of the doubles final. The Swedish couple (with their back against the camera) lost against the much higher ranked competitors. The Swedes were wild cards into the tournament so it was a great thing that they got this far.

 

Doubles final in action
Doubles final in action
The singles final was played between David Ferrer (Spain) and Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
The singles final was played between David Ferrer (Spain) and Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria)

At the singles final the Crown princess, her husband and their 19 months old daughter arrived. The little princess seemed to charm most people sitting close by and those setting far away. At one point it even looked like she was explaining what the players were doing from the way in which she gestured with her arms. We sat too far away though to get a good picture of the trio.

Ferrer serving
Ferrer serving
Prize ceremony. Dimitrov played his first ATP final and won. Great played against the no 1 seed (of the tournament) Ferrer.
Prize ceremony. Dimitrov played his first ATP final and won. Great played against the no 1 seed (of the tournament) Ferrer.

It was a lot of fun to watch the finals and next year I will definitely try to visit the tournament again, either the final and/or earlier matches. We ended the evening with dinner at The Bishop Arms.

Fish n chips
Fish n chips
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