It’s the start of Wimbledon – the famous tennis tournament. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event was cancelled last year. Now it has returned, but at first, the tournament will only allow half the normal number of visitors.

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Video chapters:
0:00​​​​​​​​​​ – Introduction
0:28 – Story
1:34 – Headline 1: Wimbledon must be on the way! Tennis tournament faces first-week washout as Met Office warns thunderstorms will bring torrential rain, flooded roads and travel chaos on Monday
4:44​​ – Headline 2: Danielle Lao Gets Back to Wimbledon, and Makes the Most of It
7:04 – Headline 3: Wimbledon’s bars and eateries court public in hope of net gain
9:26 – Language summary

The story
Wimbledon gets underway today after being cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic. The grounds will be allowed to have half the usual crowds, building to full capacity on Centre Court for the finals in a fortnight.

Key words and phrases
event ruined by heavy rain

*My son’s cricket match was a total washout! The coach cancelled the game.
*Their outdoor wedding was washed out! It rained all day!

makes the most of it
tries to enjoy something as much as possible

*Despite the rain, we made the most of our British holiday!
*Although the concert was cancelled, we still made the most of our city break!

net gain
final profit

*The company’s net gain last year was lower than expected.
*We anticipate a net gain of several thousand pounds from advertising revenue.

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