There was so much to take in.
The beautifully-manicured grass courts. The history around every corner. The plaques commemorating past champions going back more than a century.
The famous concession stands selling strawberries and cream.
The grounds of Wimbledon tennis tournament (or as it’s referred to in London, “The Championships”) is the most famous and revered location in the entire sport. Champions are made and re-affirmed there, and it’s the place every person who ever picks up a racquet dreams of one day playing.
Thea Rabman got to live that dream last week.
The 18-year-old former Schreiber High School star, one of the top junior players in America, is headed to play for reigning NCAA national champion University of North Carolina in about a month.
But on July 8 she got to play at the famous grounds at SW 19, at Wimbledon, for the first time.
In 2022 Rabman tried to qualify for the junior championships, but those matches are played offsite. This year, she got the whole experience, and she and her father Louis savored every moment.