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Last Updated: Monday, 20 June, 2005, 18:50 GMT 19:50 UK
Wimbledon blog
Our team are at Wimbledon to bring you all the gossip and atmosphere from Centre Court and around the grounds.

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2150: Ian Westbrook, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Fans are already queueing for the chance to see Tim Henman or Andy Murray on Tuesday. Around 100 are in position ready for a long night...

2000: Caroline Cheese, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Greg Rusedski's workmanlike win over Alberto Martin wasn't of much interest to the journalists in his press conference.

Instead, they gave him a thorough grilling about his knowledge of James Bond films.

He slipped up on the first question though, naming Goldfinger as the first of the series when in fact it was Dr No.

1945: Caroline Cheese, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Lleyton Hewitt has endeared himself to English cricket fans.

Asked what he thought of England's one-day win over the Aussies on Sunday, Hewitt smirked and said: "I'm thinking we'll come back to bite 'em."

Of Australia's Ashes hopes, he added: "England talk themselves up every time, Obviously they've got a bit better unit this year, but our side is proven."

1920: Nick Mullins, BBC Five Live reporter
Britain's David Sherwood was meant to play Paul Bettany's body double in last year's film Wimbledon but missed out because he didn't have freckles on his arms like Paul.

Five Live
1850: Russell Fuller, BBC Five Live presenter
We've just heard the first shouts of "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie" at Wimbledon as Mark Philippoussis took the first set off Karol Beck 7-5.

1823: Greg Rusedski, British number two, on BBC TV
Hopefully the British crowd will help me in the next round against Joachim Johansson. I need as much screaming and shouting as I can get.

1818: Carl in Exeter
What is going on with Jamie Delgado's hair-do? He looks like a cross between Marco Pantani and a Bond villain!

1755: Geoff in Maidenhead
All this talk about the farce that was the US Grand Prix and then look who pops up in the royal box in the Marat Safin-Paradorn Srichaphan match - Jackie Stewart. He was probably expecting Safin to come out of the locker-room and then say he wasn't playing because the balls might be dangerous.

1748: John McEnroe, BBC TV summariser
For tennis fans to see Marat Safin this into his tennis and playing this well is awesome.

Five Live
1650: Pat Cash, BBC Radio Five Live summariser
Greg Rusedski played a very poor second set and we thought "Here we go..." but the last two sets were very comfortable indeed.

1623: Georgina in London
What are the female line judges wearing? They looked nice at the Australian Open and the French Open, but these skirts & blouses look very 'old lady'.

1512: Matt in Sheffield
My money's on a Tim Henman/Andy Murray quarter-final with Henman going through to beat Greg Rusedski in the final! Come on GB!

1430: Sarah Holt, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Tim Henman will be hoping a bit of luck rubs off from defending Wimbledon women's champion Maria Sharapova. The British number one was out on the Aorangi courts, practising next to the Russian. Henman looked relaxed as he prepared for his first-round match against Jarkko Nieminen on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Sharapova was getting some enthusiastic advice from her father and coach Yuri. The advice was to serve "straight to the body, more in the middle, aces, aces, aces!" To which the teenager replied, "Yeah, I know."

Also out on the practice courts was French Open runner-up Mary Pierce, with her left ankle heavily strapped. And Mario Ancic, who beat Henman in last year's quarter-finals, ominously reported he was, "feeling pretty good and getting used to grass".

1407: Matthew on the Five Live message boards
Go David Sherwood! Outstanding, a straight sets win for the man. Nice way to start the singles, at least for the men - its turning into a good year for him.

1300: Sarah Holt, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Spanish teenager Rafa Nadal is out on the practice courts. He's wearing his trademark three-quarter-length trousers in blue, a blue shirt and an orange baseball cap, back to front, of course. He won't get away with that on Centre Court.

1255: Pete from Bristol, on Henman Hill
I can't wait to see Marat Safin - I love him, he hits everything so hard. I don't think he'll win the whole thing but I reckon he'll get to the last four.

1233: Ian Westbrook, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
The net goes up on Centre Court as the excitement mounts in anticipation of Roger Federer's arrival on court.

1155: Norman from Littlehampton, on Henman Hill
I'm backing Tim Henman even though he's a long shot. He keeps trying and trying and hopefully he'll do it.

1150: Charlie from Reigate, on Henman Hill
I'm here to see Lleyton Hewitt because he never gives up and he's a fantastic fighter.

1108: Ian Westbrook, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
The referee's office confirms that play is expected to start on time.

1055: Caroline Cheese, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
The covers are off! Several keen fans have already taken their seats on Centre Court, fully two hours before play begins. And they're mowing the hallowed turf - nothing like leaving things to the last minute.

1037: Ian Westbrook, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
The gates have just been opened and fans, many clad in ponchos given away by newspaper sellers, start to pour through them, desperate to grab a good vantage point.

The courts are still covered but there is no word yet as to whether play will start on time.

1000: Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Hopefully the last weather report for a while - it's stopped raining! The covers are still on for the moment but things are looking up.

0920: Ian Westbrook, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
As my tube approaches Southfields, the rain starts to lash down against the windows. This wasn't in the script after yesterday's heatwave! Walking down from the station a few minutes later, I notice the sports shop hastily moving Wimbledon umbrellas to the front window.

0912: Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
It's absolutely pouring down here and everyone is running for cover. I've just seen Elena Dementieva scurrying to the locker rooms. The courts have all been covered.

0910: Louise Lear, BBC Weather presenter
It's raining and a bit thundery and we're a bit nervous, the curse of Wimbledon! But if you're heading to Wimbledon later it will be 28 degrees and very nice!

0855: Louise Lear, BBC Weather presenter
There are still rumbles of thunder in the background and it looks a bit ominous at the moment. Some say they can smell the rain but all I can smell is bacon butties. Once we've got rid of this risk of thunder it will still feel humid.

0839: David Felgate, LTA Performance Director
Tim doesn't have years on his side, but he'll just want to get through his first round match, then he's got a shot. Andy Murray needs to be allowed to develop, he's not the new Tim Henman, he's the new Andy Murray. I'm sure we'll have many years of him to enjoy.

0836: BST Rob Bonnet, BBC TV presenter
There is a 10% chance of showers they say but there's some lawn mower action going on and it's all looking good.

0817: Louise Lear, BBC Weather presenter
They are mowing the courts and there is a lovely feel to it all. There is a lot of bright weather to come.

Five Live
0815: Vassos Alexander, BBC Five Live presenter
They're scrubbing the walkways, but they are cleaner than my kitchen.

0807: David Felgate, LTA Performance Director on BBC Radio Four's Today programme
Tim Henman has not been talked up as much as he has been in the last couple of years, but Federer mentioned him as one of the guys who can win it and I see him as one of four or five guys who can be a threat.

0805: BST Rob Bonnet, BBC TV presenter
It's a little murky overhead, but it wouldn't be Wimbledon without weather problems.

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