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A second chance for the Olympics - Curt Yeomans

Well, I finally got a ticket to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

On my second try.

After striking out during the first round of Olympic ticket distributions (through the much-maligned ticket lottery), I had a chance to purchase tickets through a second round that was reserved specifically for people who struck out the first time around.

That second chance window, in which tickets were sold on a first-come, first-served basis, opened Thursday at noon.

I perused the available tickets, and ended up getting one $87 ticket to see first-round Olympic tennis -- at Wimbledon, the figurative Holy Land of tennis complexes.

So, the planning for a trip to London, in July 2012, is back on.

Now, I have to figure out where to stay, and exactly how I'll fly to, and from, Europe.

I will not likely fly into, and out of, London itself, because that will be uber expensive.

I may fly into Amsterdam, and take a train down to Brussels, and then take another train over to London.

That way, I can stay a night in the Netherlands and see a few sites, stay another night in Belgium to see a few more sites, and then add both countries to the list of nations I have, at least, touched the ground with my feet.

The session I have a ticket for is scheduled to last eight hours, and it is supposed to be men's and women's tennis. So, I may get to see the likes of Andy Roddick, Serena and Venus Williams, and Rafael Nadal playing tennis in a world-class venue, without having to pay nearly as much as it would cost to attend Wimbledon's annual tournament.

The session is scheduled to take place on July 29, 2012, from noon, to 8 p.m.

As I recall (the ticket retailer's web site crashed because of demand Thursday afternoon, so I couldn't double-check), the session will be held in Wimbledon's circular-shaped No. 1 Court, rather than its square-shaped Centre Court.

Sure, it is not the medal-round swimming, or opening ceremonies tickets I had originally wanted, but it's tennis in flipping Wimbledon.

It is instantly as valuable as those other tickets, because it will probably be the only chance I ever have to see, in person, an actual tennis match at Wimbledon.

Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, or via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.