Anne's Birmingham Blog: Cupcakes & WCs
Published June 12, 2013 12:00
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
It's always good to try and make an effort to meet tennis fans who come to tournaments and I try to give some time to that, especially here in Britain. It's a good way of saying thank you for the support the British players get here.
Today a group of players - me, fellow Brit Tara Moore and American Alison Riske - and my Fed Cup captain Judy Murray had some fun among the British tennis fans at the Aegon Classic, here in Birmingham. A local cupcake bakery called Fallen Angel Bakery came to the tournament and let us decorate some cupcakes, which was hilarious. Of course it got really competitive - especially as some local kids had to choose the best one.
Now this is an activity I'd like to do more often, especially when you get to eat the cupcakes afterwards. I decorated a great one with a very accurate picture of a tennis racket on it with a blue grip and I was devastated (kind of) when it didn't feature in the top four as far as the judges were concerned. Tara did a cupcake version of Judy on her cake (Judy had already drawn a picture of Tara on her cake) and that won prize. I'm not bitter, but not sure how that won considering one of the kids judging the competition thought it looked like a snowman!
I'm quite a keen cook and I have actually attempted cooking my own cupcakes. They were pretty good - I made vanilla cupcakes and they were probably on the sweet side but then I do have a sweet tooth.
When I cook at home in London it's usually savoury stuff. My speciality is chicken and mushroom pie with puff pastry. That's probably my signature dish, although I do draw the line at making my own puff pastry because that's way too hard! Stir fries are always a winner too. You eat out a lot when you travel, so cooking your own food and eating a home is quite a luxury. There isn't much food that I don't like, too be honest - I'm just as happy with spicy food as what we call 'pub grub'.
My doubles partner Johanna Konta has a slightly sore back so we have pulled out of doubles so she can get it better and that means that my Aegon Classic is over for another year. I will now head back to London for a few days, probably practicing at Wimbledon. There really is no better place to be at this time of year that at the All England Club. Today I got news that the All England Club has granted me a wildcard into the main draw and it goes without saying that I'm delighted about that and very, very grateful.
It's hard to put into words how special Wimbledon is for British players and I've felt that way since the first time I went there, when I was seven years old. I remember running around trying to get autographs that year. There was one year when I was desperate to get Boris Becker's autograph and I missed it - I was really upset. Monica Seles was my favourite player growing up, though, so seeing her at Wimbledon really sticks in my mind. It was amazing. In those days we used to have a 'short tennis' (like mini-tennis) exhibition matches and if you were a good young player for your county you got to play at Wimbledon. I got picked and Monica happened to come and watch one day. It was so exciting.
After some practice I will head to the South Coast of the UK for the Aegon International in Eastbourne. Eastbourne is a typical English seaside resort; it has seagulls and you get to stay on the seafront. The good thing is that you get loads of support, of course, also because everything is really close to everything else, it makes things really easy. Hopefully I'll see you there!