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Last Updated: Sunday, 15 June, 2003, 19:45 GMT 20:45 UK
Sunday's Queen's diary
Simon Austin and Mark Jolly
With all the pre-Wimbledon gossip from Queen's Club

Andy Roddick
Roddick was in a hungry mood against Grosjean

Roddick in the mood for food

Andy Roddick took superstition to expensive and fashionable lengths in his run to the title at Queen's.

Roddick revealed he had eaten at the Ivy Restaurant, favoured eaterie of A list celebrities like Tania Bryer and Janet Street-Porter, six nights in a row.

Not that the 60-a-head bill was likely to bother a man who picked up the 64,000 first prize, to say nothing of the millions he receives from endorsements. But you might think the young athlete had heard of something called a varied diet.

But there's no need to worry about that. After the final, Roddick announced he planned to celebrate by dining on fajitas. That's Mexican.

Some might wonder about Roddick's mental state. Evidence: he said he was delighted with English cuisine. Especially the biscuits.

Well, he is American and only 20.


Boom-boom Becker strikes again

Boris Becker in action at Queen's Club
Becker showed glimpses of his old magic

Amid all the hype about the speed of Roddick's serve, one old timer proved he could still pack a punch on Sunday.

Shortly after the 20-year-old had summoned all his strength to lift the biggest trophy in tennis, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg arrived on court to play an exhibition to mark the 25th anniversary of the Stella Artois championship.

The German was keen to make sure the speed gun was working before the match and soon showed why, sending down a booming 130mph serve.

He went on to win 8-6 in a match that proved rather more entertaining than the routine final that preceded it.


Singing in the sun

The umbrellas were brought out for the final on Sunday for the first time all week.

After a week of record weather (it didn't rain), it was so sunny on finals day that during the changeovers, Andy Roddick and Sebastien Grosjean had umbrellas held over them as they sat down.

Some might call them parasols, but they were definitely umbrellas.


Sebastien Grosjean
Grosjean knows the pressure Tim Henman is under at Wimbledon

Grosjean's French mystery

Sebastien Grosjean explained why the French never win the French Open.

Yannick Noah was the last home player to win Roland Garros, in 1983. It's obviously nothing compared to Britain's wait after Fred Perry's 1936 triumph, but it has them furrowing their Gallic brows the other side of the Channel.

Grosjean said: "We have the biggest clay court tournament in the world in France but it is difficult to play on clay all year round. You can do it in the south but most of the young players are based in Paris, where they practice indoor in the winter.

"They can play on clay all year round in Spain and South America, so that's why they produce so many good clay players. The French players tend to be better on faster courts."

Next week he's going to have a go at why the British never win Wimbledon.


SEE ALSO
Saturday's Queen's diary
14 Jun 03  |  Tennis
Friday's Queen's diary
13 Jun 03  |  Tennis
Thursday's Queen's diary
12 Jun 03  |  Tennis
Wednesday's Queen's diary
11 Jun 03  |  Tennis
Tuesday's Queen's diary
10 Jun 03  |  Tennis
Monday's Queen's diary
09 Jun 03  |  Tennis

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