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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 June, 2005, 17:28 GMT 18:28 UK
Wimbledon blog
David Nalbandian serves during his match against Richard Gasquet
Our team are at Wimbledon to bring you all the gossip and atmosphere from Centre Court and around the grounds.

So for all the news behind the scenes, follow our live blog with entries from our pundits and reporters, as well as fans at the All England Club.

We want you to join in too, whether you're at Wimbledon, stuck in the office or following the action at home.

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1935: Ian Westbrook, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Play at Wimbledon has finished for the day.

1914: Ian Westbrook, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Back come the covers once again as players rush for cover. There was play on Centre Court while players warmed up on other courts but this could be it for the night - we will just have to see what happens.

1853: Ian Westbrook, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
The covers are off and play resumes on Centre Court with the other courts to follow.

1824: Gem in Wales, via text
Good on venus for doing new things! So what if tennis has taken a backseat.She has more to her life than tennis - this doesn't mean she disrespects the game!

1816: Sarah Holt, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Maria Sharapova will add a little glamour to the Wimbledon museum by donating her dress and her trainers, which are trimmed with 18-carat gold.

1756: Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Play is suspended as the predicted rain arrives in SW19.

1755: Trix, via text
All hail to McEnroe's funny shorts. That man is still a style icon 20 years on.

1753: Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Amelie Mauresmo looks nervously up at the darkening sky as she and Svetlana Kuznetsova play doubles on Court Two.

1747: Ben in Romford, via text:
Venus made a real racket when she was playing Pierce. There really is no need for it.

1744: Geoff in Maidenhead, via messageboards
It's a sad farewell to Mary Pierce after such a heroic effort in the second set against Venus Williams. I really thought she might make it, but Venus is in awesome form at the moment.

1731: BBC Sport pundit Pam Shriver
The return game of Sharapova was a bit off. There was just enough forced errors that if someone like Davenport or Venus was watching they would say: "Hmm, there's some vulnerability there."

1617: Peter Fleming, speaking to BBC Sport, after his doubles victory with John McEnroe over John Lloyd and John Feaver
It's a lot of fun being back playing with John - but I might not be able to walk tomorrow.

1500: Richard Williams, speaking to BBC Sport, on daughter Serena's fitness
She needs to get in condition. She's in the worst condition ever. I've been telling her to get fit.

1451: Stella Sichi, Scotland, via email, on McEnroe's pirata pants
Was there a power cut when he was dressing for this match? Points to remember John: 1. Always carry a powerful torch. 2. Never wear three-quarter-length trousers with three-quarter-length socks! 3. As for the comment. Apart from all that we love John Mac

1356: Caroline Cheese, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
The Royal Box is populated with plenty of celebs today, including Sir Trevor Brooking and Fatima Whitbread. And, of course, Sir Cliff Richard.

1321: Ian Westbrook, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
There are rows of empty seats on Court One as defending champion Maria Sharapova arrives to take on Nadia Petrova. Surely not for long.

1255: Caroline Cheese, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
John McEnroe's Rafael Nadal-style 'pirata' shorts seem to be inspiring him. Mac and Fleming take the first set against Feaver and Lloyd, who is hampered by a knee injury.

1240: Ian Westbrook, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Walking around the grounds, there is a really relaxed atmosphere on what so far is a lovely English summer day.

The concourses and walkways are packed with people - and the champagne & Pimm's stall has been doing brisk business - with empty bottles already littering tables and drinks being carried around.

The crowds are being entertained by a three-piece band as most of them prepare to enter the show courts for the day's women's quarter-final action.

The souvenir stands also seem to be busy although the stall selling both ordinary and luxury Wimbledon rain capes is deserted at the moment.

1214: Ian Westbrook, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
John McEnroe is playing to the crowd as he serves in the opening game of his doubles match - with plenty of fist-pumping and also shoving a ball up his sleeve - and they are loving every minute of it!

1150: Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Jonas Bjorkman looks a little bemused by the size of the crowd spilling over from Court 14 as Briton Laura Peterzan takes the first set against Alexa Glatch, while LTA chief David Felgate looks on approvingly. Meanwhile, a large queue is developing at Court Two, where John McEnroe and Peter Fleming are about to take on John Feaver and John Lloyd.

1120: Colin Baker, BBC Five Live messageboards
Yesterday evening was my first visit to the AELTC since 1981. I remember there were long queues back then, but this time I had to walk around a mile from where the bus dropped me off to reach Gate 3, the front of the queue. I then had to walk about another mile to get to the back of the queue! Didn't get in until around 7 o'clock. The place is HUGE now.

1110: Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Laura Peterzan gets British interest under way on Court 14, where she takes on American Alexa Glatch in the second round of the girls' singles. Natasha Khan plays later, while Myles Blake and Faris Khatib look to keep home hopes alive in the boys' event.

1020: Ian Westbrook, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Sitting overlooking a Centre Court currently bathed in sunshine, it seems hard to believe that in a few short hours we could be deluged by rain.

But that is the story in the day's official weather forecast which says that heavy and thundery showers are expected to develop later in the day with a 20% risk of disruption by midday, 50% by mid-afternoon and 70% by this evening.

The risk of showers disrupting play tomorrow is currently judged to be 40%.

1000: Ian Westbrook, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
For the first time these Championships, the queue of fans waiting outside does not stretch deep back into the car park and seems only half its normal length.

0940: Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Jeremy Bates is a cheerful figure making his way through the All England Club as he tucks into a bacon roll. Maybe the British Davis Cup captain is reflecting on last night's magnificent win, with Chris Wilkinson, over Anders Jarryd and Henri Leconte in the 35 & Over Doubles.

0930: rochesterlad, BBC Five Live messageboards
Cant see any problems for Sharapova, Mauremso or Davenport in today's quarter-finals but could we be in for a shock in the Williams v Pierce clash?

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