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I hate Wimbledon

(77 Posts)
vampirequeen Wed 05-Jul-17 12:22:35

There I've said it. No pussyfooting about because it's a British tradition. No pretending. In fact I'll shout it. I HATE WIMBLEDON!!!

It takes over everything for two weeks. TV programmes are moved or cancelled and some parts of the BBC morning news programme comes from there even though it's not open at that time. They simply film in front of empty tennis courts or the massive queue.

Everyone seems to be fascinated by it. The media have a field day. I can understand people wanting reports of the matches but who cares if some female player is wearing a pink bra?

We have so many TV channels these days why can't it be shown on one of those rather than mainstream BBC1. BBC4 is off air until 7 in the evening. Why can't it be shown on that?

Tizliz Thu 06-Jul-17 12:21:13

I quite like tennis but I don't think it should be on BBC 1 and 2 at the same time. Bbc4 is a good idea.

People who get free tickets never appreciate them. When we lived in Milton Keynes we went to the bbc recordings at The Stables. It started off free, you just had to apply, but there were so many empty seats - often the best ones. They then started to charge £10 and every seat was filled.

Rosina Thu 06-Jul-17 12:33:36

SO BORING. It's also annoying to have Wimbledon everywhere on TV. Also, pretty disgusted with the 'I have placed one plimsoll on the court, I feel sick, can I have £35,000 now?' brigade who need publicly shaming - possibly a few summary executions would sort them out. Hot weather getting to me too - have you noticed? Roll on September,loveliest month of the year.

valeriej43 Thu 06-Jul-17 12:40:07

I hate Wmbledon too, plus all the other sports that replace the usual prgrammes, soaps especially,
I think considering how many channels we have,another one could be used
I dont watch a lot of TV ,mainly the soaps, but i get really annoyed when like last week, it was football,

oldgaijin Thu 06-Jul-17 12:48:47

Oh yes, every time. I am utterly boooooored by Wimbledon. In fact, I can't stand tennis full stop. And as for the players, get a proper job. Poor wee Andy's got a sore hip...try having a hip replacement, now THAT'S sore.

Diggingdoris Thu 06-Jul-17 13:04:45

I don't hate it but it annoys me that it takes over all other programmes. I agree that we should have a sport channel because there's enough all year to keep it busy, with footie, athletics etc.
I can enjoy watching a tennis match but not all day. I'd rather potter in the garden or read a good book.
I also hate the commentary and grumbles from my DH all the way through! Worst of all I dislike the grunts and groans from some of the players. Am I the only one who thinks they sound like a woman having an orgasm?

Linbrikat Thu 06-Jul-17 13:29:22

"I quite like tennis but I don't think it should be on BBC 1 and 2 at the same time. Bbc4 is a good idea."

In the good old days when the BBC actually had a discussion forum, this discussion came up every year regular as clockwork! Wimbledon has ALWAYS been shown on both BBC1 and BBC2 since BBC2 began, and back in those days there weren't hundreds of other channels to choose from as there are now.

Although BBC4 only starts broadcasting at 7pm, it uses the same wavelength as CBeebies so isn't available during the day.

In these days of big money Sky, the BBC have hardly any live sport - nowhere near enough to warrant a separate sport only channel. Or would anyone like them to try to outbid Sky and then have to double the licence fee LOL!

Cagsy Thu 06-Jul-17 14:21:55

Love Wimbledon, watch quite a bit of football too but don't get how DH can watch hours of chaps riding round on motorbikes. Well said Annie, Judy Murray is a role model, not just in sport but for women too, kathyd what can you mean, come on Murray!
Maybe they could put the soaps on BBC4?wink

sunseeker Thu 06-Jul-17 14:34:48

I'm really not into sport at all, find it all very boring. Where is the enjoyment in watching some overpaid person hitting/kicking a ball around. I don't begrudge people being able to watch it on TV but I do object to the blanket coverage on so many different channels. Keep it on "free" TV but limited to one channel, then those of us not interested can watch something else

Kitspurr Thu 06-Jul-17 14:54:01


ninathenana Thu 06-Jul-17 15:00:59

rugby, now your talking. smile

Suzan05 Thu 06-Jul-17 15:36:23

I also dislike tennis, the same goes for snooker and golf! However I do enjoy cricket, athletics and swimming. I suppose it is only for two weeks! 🙄

TerriBull Thu 06-Jul-17 16:09:15

You are my people grin reading through the posts, so glad I'm not alone, I hate watching almost any sport except the olympics, and that's because of late we have done so well for a small nation it's hard not to get enthused. When I was growing up my father was an avid spectator of tennis, football and cricket. My husband is a mad keen golfer so likes watching that, along with the tennis he's got it on at the moment yawn!, football and of late rugby. Thankfully we don't have SKY so most of it is over on that channel. Golf is the pits to watch I can't see the appeal. Does anyone else feel if you say you don't enjoy watching sports, some people react by looking absolutely gobsmacked hmm

ninathenana Thu 06-Jul-17 16:55:02

Golf is not a spectator sport !!

Craftycat Thu 06-Jul-17 17:07:04

I love Wimbledon but rarely see it as on holiday. I am in Greece right now. Have to fit in between DGC's birthdays these days.
However everything stops for rugby. Luckily we can see Lions tour in a bar here or we might not have come.

Womble54 Thu 06-Jul-17 17:07:06

I hate it. I'm very shortsighted, wore thick glasses at school, had zero co-ordination and was always picked last for sports teams. Almost any sport but particularly tennis reminds me painfully of that weekly humiliation. My mother could never understand my lack of interest in (or aversion to) Wimbledon, not that she was much good at tennis either as she needed glasses but wouldn't wear them.

Jochilling Thu 06-Jul-17 17:08:28

Hate it the most boring sport on the planet

tiffaney Thu 06-Jul-17 18:17:59

I can understand people hating it as l hate it when football takes over the tv, but l honestly love it and have since 1959 when Maria Bueno won it for the first time. I was 12 and l thought she was the bees knees. Sorry folks but l think its great.

Bez1989 Thu 06-Jul-17 19:40:41

I enjoy the men's tennis but agree it should be on BBC3 or BBC4 so that it doesn't take over other programmes.
That must upset a lot of folk.

garnet25 Thu 06-Jul-17 23:30:15

Prefer the Tour De France

durhamjen Thu 06-Jul-17 23:59:55

That's getting a bit violent these days, garnet.

Blinko Fri 07-Jul-17 06:54:36

We are not a sporty household. DH and I suffered our fathers' love of sport on radio and tv for years till we left home. Hence our mutual dislike of sport in all its forms.

Regarding the takeover of the mainstream channels when any remotely high profile sport is under way, plus a sports feature in every news or current affairs programme, why on earth can't the beeb simply run a separate channel for blasted sport. Then the rest of us needn't be bothered with it at all.

Leave it out!!

Margs Fri 07-Jul-17 11:11:11

What I cannot abide (and this applies to ANY televised sport) is having the 'experts' waffle on and on and on, analysing and crystal-ball gazing and trying to second-guess exactly what the sports person in question must have been thinking at the vital moment they hit a winning/losing ball....

Ye Gods - they really do make it sound like rocket science and whilst no-one is forcing me to watch and listen to this twaddle I do - because I find their so- very-serious autopsies absolutely stupid!

yggdrasil Fri 07-Jul-17 11:30:31

Especially when the action has overrun and you are waiting for the next programme which you really want to see!

Chewbacca Fri 07-Jul-17 21:44:55

Pointless has been moved! shock wtf?
Tennis has got to be one of, if not the most tedious game ever. All that sweaty running about after a little ball is utterly bonkers. And there's no escaping it either, it's EVERYWHERE.

vampirequeen Sat 08-Jul-17 09:09:02

I miss pointless. We usually watch it whilst eating our tea. My whole routine has been turned upside down.