With regret I will be unable to journey to Wimbledon this year. The workload of a busy man precludes such fripperies. But there is consolation in knowing that one's heroes are making the grade on the hallowed lawns of the All England Tennis Club. I confess that a tingle ran up my spine when Roger Federer secured his first victory of the year today. There was scant opportunity to see the game but the thrill of a fair win always buoys me. Mixed doubles are my particular penchant and many a player has come to fear and respect my back hand volleys. As with tennis, so with the public duties that engage me now. Stamina and determination will be vital. I possess both.