On 22nd November, seven pupils travelled to London with Mrs Greer and Mrs Redpath to watch the men’s ATP World Tour Finals. The event was held in the O2 Arena, a truly remarkable venue which showcases tennis in a vibrant and innovative way.
After watching an entertaining game of doubles, the girls were treated to a virtuoso performance from Roger Federer over a subdued Rafa Nadal in front of a crowd of 17,500 people; the atmosphere was electric.
We began the next day with a shopping trip to Harrods after which we headed to the Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park with its German Christmas market. Next on the agenda was a trip to Westminster and the London Eye. Whilst there we abandoned the idea of travelling underground and boarded the Thames Clipper for a trip along the river to the O2 Arena.
Before the evening tennis session, the girls had the opportunity to chat with some of the Barclay Ball Kids, then settled down to watch Novak Djokovich play David Ferrer; Ferrer won this encounter in straight sets. On Thursday morning we hung out with the stars at Madame Tussauds.
The afternoon tennis session featured Roger Federer against Mardi Fish. This was a closely contested match going to three sets before Federer stepped up a gear and showed us his full repertoire of shots. That evening we watched the awe-inspiring musical, The Lion King, at Covent Garden – a fabulous production. Finishing the trip off with shopping in Piccadilly and Regent Street was something everyone enjoyed. The trip was a great experience for all involved – one to be repeated!