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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 July 2006, 16:13 GMT 17:13 UK
Wimbledon diary
THURSDAY - Day 10
By the BBC Sport team at the All England club

CROUCH HOLDS COURT

Peter Crouch
Crouch combines tennis with some trademark robotics
One member of England's World Cup party was in SW19 hoping a spot of tennis would help banish the painful memories of the penalty shoot-out defeat to Portugal.

Peter Crouch was at the All England Club to enjoy the action and was captured by the press wielding a racquet in the Kids Zone.

The BBC thought their chance of an interview with him had gone when he left Rafael Nadal's match early after being relentlessly hounded by excited autograph hunters.

But being the gent he is he gave an interview to reporter Garry Richardson.

Apparently the 6ft 7in striker once had designs on being a professional tennis player and is believed to have incurred the terrifying wrath of England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson whilst at England's training camp in Baden Baden for playing some competitive singles matches against Jermaine Jenas.

And Diary imagines that the Liverpool hitman would feel quite at home in the Wimbledon locker room with the likes of 6ft 10in Ivo Karlovic around.

ROCK CHICK OF THE EAST

Na Li
Li shows off more than just her forehand
It appears that Chinese player Na Li has caused a bit of a sensation - and not just on the court.

Earlier in the week, Li became the first Chinese player to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam.

But it seems that the self-styled 'rock chick', whose ears are covered in multiple peircings, has also raised eyebrows in China with a tattoo on her chest.

Chinese journalists caught sight of the mysterious marking during her defeat by Kim Clijsters and are desperate to quiz the 24-year-old about it.

For their benefit, Diary has pored over the photographic evidence and deduces that it's a rose and the outline of a heart.

Agree or disagree? Answers on a postcard - in Chinese, of course.

WOULD LIKE TO MEET...

Cow-tipping is one of the hobbies listed by a junior player
Could cow-tipping become all the rage at Wimbledon?
We're fast approaching the end of the second week and the junior tournaments are in full swing.

And there's nothing Diary likes better than to peruse the profiles of future tennis stars.

For example, 17-year-old Clint Bowles lists "cow tipping" as his hobby, while fellow American Kellen Damico's number one pastime is "chillin'".

Nikola Mektic, who is in the quarter-finals of the boys' singles, prefers more adult pursuits.

The young Croatian claims his hobbies include "football and betting".

What ever happened to those innocent times when the 'yoof of today' collected Panini stickers, eh?

QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS

Ever wondered why players look a bit grumpy and bewildered during interviews?

Well, if you listen to some of the things they're asked, you might see why.

Former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt crashed out to Marcos Baghdatis and was asked by one journalist:

"If Jonas Bjorkman comes up to you tomorrow and says, 'Lleyton, what do I do to beat Roger Federer?' what do you tell him?"

Liezel Huber (left) and Martina Navratilova
Huber and Navratilova enjoy a good long chat about "Africa"
An interesting question considering Hewitt hasn't beaten Federer since 2003 and lost to the world number one at the last two Wimbledons.

However, Diary's favourite exchange came in Martina Navratilova's press conference after her women's doubles win with South African Liezel Huber.

Journalist: "Do you know anything about Africa before Huber?

Martina: "I've never been to South Africa, but I know a lot about Africa."

J: "You know about Africa before Huber?"

M: "Are you talking Africa, the continent, or South Africa?"

J: "Did you know anything about Africa before Huber?"

M: "I spent five months in Kenya, so, yeah, I know a little bit of Africa."

J: "Just checking."

M: "Yeah, just checking. I could probably tell you 40 countries in Africa, unlike most Americans or most Europeans even."

Nuff said, Martina.



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