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Spending a week in Wimbledon

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These two youths rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in tennis while covering the 2017 Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

Life is a journey full of surprises. One that sprung up on my path just happened to be a ticket to London.

One moment I was going about my daily school schedule, and the next thing you know, I'm on a plane to London with my fellow classmate, Gladys Lim and my lecturer, Mr Azhar Abdul Salam.

We were tasked to cover the 2017 Wimbledon Tennis Championships from June 27 to Jul 5, on behalf of FOX Sports Academy. 

My name is Janna Khoo, 19, and I'm a final year student pursuing a diploma in mass media management from Nanyang Polytechnic's School of Business Management.

Sports have always been a part of me, having picked up all kinds of sports since young. When the project was first shared with us, I thought: "What a great opportunity! Perhaps I should give it a shot."

After going through a three-hour challenge with my classmates, in which we were to film and edit a 60-second vlog solely on our phones, I was selected along with Gladys.

Gladys and I had to produce two videos before going to London, to showcase our preparations, and another two while in London.

The first video we shot in London centred around our journey there, attending the Women's Tennis Association's (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party, working at the FOX Studios and also, immersing ourselves in the Wimbledon experience!

Our final video wrapped up the whole journey as we shared about some of our favourite highlights of the trip.   

Hence, we had to get to work right away. Apart from that, Gladys and I spent quite a bit of time reading up on Wimbledon and the players since we only had knowledge of the sport and its rules.

An eye-catching view of the London Eye.

Wimbledon's famous Strawberries and Cream.

Once we were in London, everything felt like a surreal whirlwind.

We were invited to the exclusive WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party on June 29, where we had the opportunity to walk down the purple carpet and actually rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in women's tennis.

Janna Khoo (left), Mr Azhar Abdul Salam (middle), Gladys Lim (bottom) taking a selfie with
Serbian professional tennis player, Jelena Jankovic, at the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party.

A selfie with WTA Vice President APAC and WTA Finals Tournament Director, Melissa Pine.

We spent three days from Jul 1 to 3 on the Wimbledon grounds, mostly to film videos. 

Gladys and I also managed to be camera operators for the live show on the first day of Wimbledon. We were a little nervous about it initially as it was on-air in real time, but it was an exciting experience.

Getting over the jet lag was a quite a challenge for both of us. We found ourselves feeling sleepy early in the night, and waking up in the wee hours of the morning. This made it tough for us to look through the endless amount of footage we had at the end of each day. 

We had the chance to meet Dutch former professional tennis player Richard Krajicek,
the winner of the Men's Single title at Wimbledon 1996.

While filiming on the grounds, we bumped into retired professional tennis player, Pat Cash,
who is the first Australian man to win Wimbledon in 1987.

With Romanian professional tennis player, Simona Halep, the World No.2 ranked player
at the Wimbledon Players' Lodge.

Two key highlights for me would be attending the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party, and going to the press areas at Wimbledon. Both were exciting and enriching experiences that I will cherish forever.

With FOX Sports Asia's Nikki Muller (second from right) at the press area.

Observing the players was really eye-opening and I realised that talent alone is not what makes a person. It is the amount of passion and drive one has, how much they practise, and their ability to push on despite setbacks that matters too.

This experience has solidified my decision that media is the path I wish to pursue. I am excited to see what the future holds for me!

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