Saturday was a very mixed and frustrating day. I had a meeting in the Yonex suite with one of my retailers and therefore left the boys with Mark. During my meeting I was accosted by another retailer who thought he would make the point that he would never sell Victor rackets. I had to dump him very quickly! My thoughts about him and his shop are not for print!
Saturday afternoon was busy with people contacting me wanting to meet up in the arena and my two boys were inside watching the badminton. I saying watching but I think they were more interested in what they could eat rather than sitting still and enjoying the superb badminton. Lesson learned, don’t bring two to watch – one is easy!
Overall I watched just over three matches and was disappointed to see Tai Tzu Ying lose after looking certain to win the first game. However a series of errors where she tried to play too close to the net were her downfall and very soon Marin was on her way to her first All England final. Chen Long versus Lin Dan wasn’t so much a match as a showpiece. To me Lind Dan wasn’t fired up to win, however he may have been told to lose – this is well known with China versus China matches.
The highlight of the day was finally meeting Owen Kilburn, England para-badminton player. Owen and I have developed a relationship through my forum and latterly over the telephone. Owen was playing on the concourse against anybody that would sit in a wheelchair and have a hit. Sadly, we only got a few minutes before I needed to collect my boys from my parents and head back to the apartment. More racket had arrived.
Angie my wife arrived around 5pm and after a brief stay she took the boys home. There were too many rackets to complete.
So, after a disjointed Saturday, it was back to hard work and finishing the rackets. Thankfully my last racket was completed just before midnight. It was time for a cup of tea whilst Mark finished off his last racket. By 12.15am we had both finished which effectively ended our All England campaign.
It was nice to have a leisurely Sunday morning, not having to set the alarm. Sunday was packing up day. All players were asked to collect rackets before 10am. By this time we had dismantled the stringing machines, tidied the room and begun putting the furniture back into the correct room. Lee Dong Keun collected most of the rackets for the Korean players.
We loaded the car, said our farewells to the Victor team in the other apartment before taking a nice leisurely stroll over to a hotel to drop off the remaining rackets with Vicky. After that it was an easy drive to drop off Mark and return home. It was great to be home and walk in to a lovely roast dinner.