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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 June 2007, 08:45 GMT 09:45 UK
Day one as it happened
LATEST ACTION AS IT HAPPENS (ALL TIMES BST)

By the BBC Sport team at Wimbledon

606: DEBATE

To get involved text our Wimbledon team on 81111 or use 606

2125: It's been quite a day - cold, damp and in the end exhilarating. And we start all over again early tomorrow, get texting and posting on 606 and use the website vote to let us know if you think Henman can finish off the job on Tuesday.

John McEnroe
2121: "I was surprised they stopped. That's tough to play that long and that hard and that well and not finish. You have to wonder how they practice for potentially two games tomorrow. Moya will be disappointed he let a 4-2 lead slip in that set and Henman will be disappointed he couldn't win one of those four match points.

"Earlier in the day we were moaning about the rain and Murray not playing, all of a sudden we've got vintage Henman."
BBC Sport analyst John McEnroe

2119: Henman manages to encapsulate his whole career in one epic game. We endure four match points for the Briton, Hawk-Eye challenges, desperate screaming from the fans and almost complete darkness. Moya holds on and the match referee comes on to call a halt. Incredible stuff, well done everyone.

2110: "Henman's done Britain proud, and despite not winning much compared to the vast majority of tennis players he's achieved an awful lot. And it's not often we can say that of a British player! Come on Tim!"
From chrisp2412 on 606

2104: Away from the Henmania for a moment, Katie O'Brien will resume against Sandra Kloesel leading 5-3 on Tuesday while fellow Briton Josh Goodall will have to fight back from 6-1 6-4 down against Feliciano Lopez.

2100: Well it's pretty much shut down all around the All England Club now, apart from on Centre Court where the drama is increasing by the minute. Fair play to Henman, even if he loses today he's got the tournament off to a great start and helped provide more drama than we got in two weeks at the French Open. He breaks back and it's 4-4 in the fifth.

2052: It's not all about the Brits, there are 11 matches still ploughing on through the gloom and after a miserable start we've had some great action. Juan Carlos Ferrero has just forced a fifth set against Jan Hajek on Court 14 and they will be back tomorrow.

2042: Fleeting are the moments of encouragement for British tennis - Henman drops serve in the final set against Moya, Josh Goodall is a set and a break down against Feliciano Lopez - but Katie O'Brien is a break up against Sandra Kloesel in their first set.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
2030: It's been five minutes that have put the word Great back into Great Britain - Jamie Baker is safe and well, but his game was called off because of bad light at least 20 minutes before everyone else's, and Henman levels at two sets all against Moya. And they appear to be carrying on into the fifth.

2020: Doom-mongers, fishmongers, ironmongers - they can all hang their heads in shame. Henman holds serve and is on course for a fifth set, although it may have to be tomorrow as it's getting very dark. Meanwhile, Jamie Baker has been leading Frenchman Roger-Vasselin 2-1 for about 40 minutes out on Court 4 and there is no further news. Fear not, BBC Sport has despatched someone to find out what's happening. And get the teas in.

2017: Henman sticks one to the doom-mongers, and the naysayers too, by breaking Moya's serve to lead 3-1 in the fourth set.

2003: Moya serves out confidently and now leads Henman by two sets to one.

2002: "Kloesel, sporting dark tracksuit bottoms, has finally turned up on court, a good 10 minutes or so after O'Brien, who has been sitting huddled under a brightly coloured towel."
BBC Sport's Sophie Brown at Wimbledon

1959: You try and stay positive but he doesn't make it easy, does he? With the set in the balance Henman slips 0-40 down with a double fault, before Moya dictates the next point to break. The Spaniard has won eight straight points.

1956: The voting has closed and you agree with McEnroe that Sampras would still make a decent fist of Wimbledon. Three-quarters of you think he'd get some wins and possibly make the second week, while a healthy 18% say he would be a title contender and only 7% think he'd lose in round one. Maybe next year, eh?

1954: "Having been delayed by the Peya/Tipsarevic five-set epic, Britain's Katie O'Brien is now waiting for opponent Sandra Kloesel on Court 17.

O'Brien has never won a main draw match in three previous attempts at Wimbledon but she claimed the number one spot in the British rankings last week so must have a good chance against the world number 104 - an even better one if Kloesel doesn't show. The umpire is on his phone making enquiries."
BBC Sport's Sophie Brown at Wimbledon

1952: It's a busy time for the Brits, with Jamie Baker in action, Josh Goodall and Katie O'Brien due on court and, of course, Henman deep into his match against Carlos Moya. Our Tim leads 5-4 in a tight second set.

1942: Henin seals a second-round place by wrapping up victory over Cravero, as does an erratic Serena on Court Two against Dominguez-Lino.
Henin beats Cravero 6-3 6-0
Williams beats Dominguez-Lino 7-5 6-0

Virginia Wade
"Even that second set was full of odd shots and histrionics from Serena. She'll have to put this match behind her in many respects and hope she improves from here on in."
BBC Sport analyst Virginia Wade

1939: "I sadly think this is Tim's last Wimbledon."
Mike, Lewisham, via text

1932: After some early difficulties, leading women Henin and Serena are both just two games from straight-sets victories.

1928: So do you agree with McEnroe, would Pete Sampras still be a contender here at Wimbledon? Use the website vote to let us know.

1927: "Out on Court 4, Jamie Baker is beginning his challenge to revive British hopes against French qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Lots of people have packed into the walkways to watch but support for him is being more than drowned out by a noisy bunch of Aussie fans who are cheering on Alicia Molik on an adjacent court.
BBC Sport's Sophie Brown at Wimbledon

Virginia Wade
1918: "Serena came through that set through sheer brute force and, even though she's winning, she needs to get the balance right. She really is at sixes and sevens mentally it would seem."
BBC Sport analyst Virginia Wade

1914: Moya levels at one set all against Henman, taking the second 6-1.

John McEnroe
"Sampras did not win a tournament for two years and then he won the US Open - that's the way to go out. I think Pete would have done quite well here this year if he'd chosen to make a comeback, which he was thinking about."
BBC Sport analyst John McEnroe

1910: Serena is actually in tears as she takes her seat following a break of serve against Dominguez-Lino. "That reaction from her is quite extraordinary," says Virginia Wade.

1858: And it was all going so well.... Henman drops serve with a fairly embarrassing attempt at a mid-court slice. Serena Williams is getting going on Court Two but remains on serve at 4-3 .

Virginia Wade
"After a lacklustre start before the rain delay, it would appear Serena has decided to come out and play somewhat more aggressively - and not before time."
BBC Sport analyst Virginia Wade

1849: Henman resumes at 5-3, 30-15, and despite dropping the first two points comes through to take the first set. Meanwhile, out on Court 17 we have the first ding-dong battle of the tournament as Peya and Tipsarevic head into a fifth set, ater Tipsarevic fights back from two sets down.

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
1825: The covers are off and play will start within 10 minutes. Or maybe 20.

1817: Well, the sun is shining and it's pouring with rain, so your guess is as good as mine. A good chance to get back the hugely popular 'what the experts used to do during rain breaks when they were playing' feature.

This time, Greg Rusedski: "I rented an apartment that overlooks the courts here so I went to there to relax and wait for my game as it was only a minute's walk away. I put the TV on, listened to a bit of music and generally chilled out. I had to keep the tennis on in the background just in case my game was due to be on soon!

"I tended to avoid the locker room as it was so convenient for me to be at home, but lots of the guys love it and play backgammon, cards or read."

Jimmy Connors
1758: "Federer's struggled a little bit this year and lost a few matches that he hasn't in past years. Now he's on his home court but there are a lot of guys looking to knock him off. Whoever's going to beat him here is going to have to step up, dig, scratch and claw to take it from him."
Andy Roddick's coach and BBC Sport analyst Jimmy Connors

It's raining at Wimbledon
1746: Just as the crowd gets stuck into the first Mexican Wave of the fortnight the rain returns and cheers turn to jeers, which is a bit harsh on the groundstaff.

1745: "I'm incredibly gutted right now that I didn't take it, so mixed feelings, but there are a lot of positives I can take from it."
Naomi Cavaday on failing to convert two match points against Martina Hingis

1741: "It was cold, but not that cold"
Roger Federer on why he didn't keep his snazzy strides on against Gabashvili

1732: While we enjoy a brief rest from the drama, if you fancy winning a pair of tickets to the men's singles final you can enter Five Live's 'What does Wimbledon mean to you?' competition. Send in a picture summing up the world's greatest tennis tournament and you could be here on Sunday week. If so, bring an umbrella.

1720: It might be pushing things to dust off the 'sun' graphic but the covers are off, the net is up and we are minutes away from the return of Henman and Moya.

1720: The rain has returned so it's time to take stock. Federer, Roddick, Gonzalez and Hingis have all gone through - Hingis saving two match points against Briton Naomi Cavaday. Henin has just started against Argentina's Cravero on Court One, while Serena Williams is locked at 3-3 with Spain's Dominguez-Lino. And the weather? It's barely raining and we could be back on soon.

It's raining at Wimbledon
1709: Henman moves to within two points of taking the first set against Moya at 5-3 30-15 on his own serve when the heavens open.

1706: "Don't win too quickly Tim, I want to watch you when I get home!"
Colin Gall via text

1701: "Tim is playing a tight match right now. Carlos was out practising right up until the match started, every second he can get on the grass now helps him. He is showing a little bit of frustration but that is because Tim is playing impeccably."
Five Live's Jeff Tarango

1700: Fifth seed Fernando Gonzalez comes through a fairly testing encounter on Court 13 before finally seeing off Robby Ginepri in four sets.
Gonzalez beats Ginepri 3-6 7-6 6-2 6-2

1655: "British number three Anne Keothavong (number one until last week) follows Henman on Centre Court but her brother James is already in action at this year's Wimbledon - he's currently umpiring the match between Benjamin Becker and Juan Ignacio Chela on Court 18."
BBC Sport's Sophie Brown at Wimbledon

1652: Andy Roddick joins Federer in round two with a solid win over fellow American Justin Gimlestob and the pair share a joke on the way off Court One. Back on Centre Court and Henman goes a break up on Moya, cheers all round.
Roddick beats Gimelstob 6-1 7-5 7-6

1649: "Come on Tim!!!! Do us proud!"
David Keenan via text

1645: So where are we.....? Henman has made a solid start against Moya, Roddick is two sets up against Gimelstob and in a tie-break, and Serena Williams is knocking up on Court Two - like Federer earlier she is wearing trousers, but these are what she probably calls "sweat pants".

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1640: The dream is over - Naomi Cavaday loses the final set to love and Hingis lives to fight another day.
Hingis beat Cavaday 6-7 7-5 6-0

Tracy Austin
"It's been amazing to watch a real transformation in this match from Hingis. She started so poorly but ended the match timing the ball brilliantly. She'll be mightily relieved.""
BBC Sport analyst Tracy Austin

John McEnroe
1635: "This is Henman's best surface by far and Moya's worst by far, so for me Henman comes into this match as a big favourite."
BBC Sport analyst John McEnroe

1630: Oh dear, just as Henman enters the arena British hopes take a hit on Court Two as Hingis moves 3-0 up in the final set against Cavaday.

1623: Here we go then - Wimbledon is officially under way as Timbo walks onto Centre Court with Carlos Moya. Hold on to your comedy GB jester hats, it could be a rollercoaster.

1617: Federer cruises over the finish line against Gabashvili, a relief for the Swiss but more so for me as I don't have to type that name ever again.
Federer beats Gabashvili 6-3 6-2 6-4

Michael Stich
"After he started off a little slow and tentative, Federer showed very good form and didn't have any hesitation in what he was doing on court and showed us he is ready to defend his title. It was a good match."
Five Live analyst Michael Stich

1615: Almost inevitably, after seeing two match points slip by at 5-4, plucky Brit Naomi Cavaday loses two straight games and with it the set. Hingis seems to have finally twigged that playing the drop shot against the less-than-speedy Cavaday is a winning tactic.

1605: Amazing stuff on Court Two as world number 232 Naomi Cavaday - of Great Britain and Northern Ireland no less - moves to match point against the world number 11 Martina Hingis. Twice. Unfortunately she cannot convert - is this another so near, so far story for a Brit at Wimbledon?

1602: The earlier rain has claimed some victims - 10 matches, including those involving Briton Elena Baltacha and men's 15th seed Ivan Ljubicic, are cancelled for the day.

1553: Gabashvili makes the first ever Hawk-Eye challenge on Centre Court.... and is wrong. He sportingly applauds the line judge who grins back. Lovely stuff. Back on Court One, Roddick takes the second set against Justin Gimlestob.

Roger Federer
Roger Federer cuts a dash on his return to Centre Court
1547: Cavaday falls a break behind against Hingis in the second set and, while the scoreboard looks relatively healthy for the Brit, it's not exactly high-quality stuff from either player. Meanwhile, Federer is absolutely demolishing poor old Teimuraz Gabashvili - it's 6-3 6-2 and 1-0 with a break.

1541: Bad news, it's raining, good news - only on Court Three. Tommy Haas and Zach Fleishman leave the court and the covers are brought on, meanwhile all other 17 courts continue. The pair return a few minutes later looking suitably sheepish.

1535: Cavaday storms through the tie-break 7-1 to take the first set against Hingis. Could this be the huge shock British tennis is looking f..... I'll stop there. Legendary coach Nick Bollettieri is among those cheering her on.

Tracy Austin
"Naomi is dominating the pace of the match, which is good to see from a youngster starting out on the tour, and it's reaping its benefits."
BBC Sport analyst Tracy Austin

1528: A sterling effort from Cavaday who saves three set points against Hingis to force a tie-break. Federer is cruising towards a two-set lead.

1520: "We have seen the first Hawkeye challenge at Wimbledon. It came in a Justin Gimelstob service game at 30-15. He served down the centre and the shot was called out so he used one of his three challenges to question the call. The big screen came into play, we saw the path that the ball took and it was a good call as the ball was wide."
Five Live's Iain Carter

1518: Federer polishes off the first set 6-3 in 31 minutes, so anyone betting on under an hour is struggling. Meanwhile, Robby Ginepri takes a surprise 6-3 lead over fifth seed Fernando Gonzalez, who looks particularly uncomfortable on a damp and gloomy Court 13. It's not exactly Santiago.

1510: Roddick is not hanging about on a chilly Court One, taking the first set against Justin Gimlestob 6-1. Federer moves a break up on Gabashvili at 4-2 and Cavaday is pegged back to 4-4 by Hingis. None of which is very surprising.

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1505: Great news! MotoGP superstar Valentino Rossi has been spotted on Centre Court and he definitely qualifies for a celebrity graphic. Meanwhile, Cavaday is holding on at 4-3 with a break against Hingis.

1456: Extraordinary scenes on Court Two as Brit Naomi Cavaday takes a 3-0 lead over Martina Hingis but the Swiss gets one break back. Rather less surprisingly, Andy Roddick has taken an early 4-0 lead over fellow American Justin Gimelstob.

Tracy Austin
"I like Naomi's service action, she's not afraid to go for her shots and she's winning the big points. Hingis is under a lot of pressure already, whereas Naomi has nothing to lose. Can she retain her composure though?"
BBC Sport analyst Tracy Austin

Michael Stich
1452: "Centre Court will be affected by wind and the players will have to adjust to it. The positive thing is that there will be no shadows covering one half of the court if the sun does shine so that may be an advantage but it will be completely different."
BBC Sport analyst Michael Stich

1447: Cavaday breaks Hingis to love in the first game - good aggression from the British player, with a couple of errors including a double fault from Hingis.

1444: Naomi Cavaday's match with Martina Hingis is delayed for a couple of minutes as the Brit is asked to change her top because a logo is too big.

1438: Federer has upped his game again this year - after the sports jacket he wore onto court in 2006 he has added a pair of gentleman's slacks. Old school. John Lloyd says, "He looks very nice, very elegant," and Martina Navratilova adds, "10 points for style."

1432: It may be two and a half hours late but finally, we're off! Players are out and knocking up on all 18 courts, with Roger Federer the star attraction on Centre Court against Teimuraz Gabashvili, while Andy Roddick is out on Court One and Martina Hingis the dreaded Court Two.

1420: The net is up, the crowd are taking their seats and we're set to see play at 1430 BST.

Martina Navratilova
1419: "I'm glad it's raining as at least I know it's Wimbledon - because the way Centre Court looks is confusing to me."
BBC Sport analyst Martina Navratilova

Mole
1408: "Boris Becker has been cutting quite a dash around the media centre. Lots of women cooing at him and his garb. For reference, it's a 1920s-style jacket with old-style trousers and white trainers."
BBC Sport's TV mole (or possibly rat, send us your views)

1405: "Good news for the autograph hunters (see entry at 1314), Svetlana Kuznetsova has been found and she'll be greeting her many fans at 1430. Anyone who collects Russian women players' signatures (there's probably a collective noun to describe those people) will only have to wait until 1400 when Nadia Petrova will be there.

"Apparently the Kuznetsova delay was down to a 'misunderstanding' but I reckon she might have suffered a hair crisis. The Russian has adopted corn rows, a la David Beckham 2003, in time for Wimbledon. It's the sort of 'do' which seems like a good idea when you're basking in the glorious sunshine of a Caribbean island, as Bob Marley's Greatest Hits plays in the background, but looks a bit rubbish in the cold and grey of south west London."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

1401: "The covers are coming off! There's a definite buzz in the air that play is imminent. Let's not wait for the next shower to come along and spoil things."
BBC Sport's Mark Barden at Wimbledon

1355: The votes are in regarding how long it will take Roger Federer to beat world number 86 Teimuraz Gabashvili and 57% of you think the Russian will delay the champion for up to two hours. However, the second most popular answer sees 22% of you saying it will take two days, presumably because of the rain rather than an unexpectedly epic battle.

John McEnroe
1349: Continuing our theme on what the experts used to do during rain breaks, we have John McEnroe: "I used to spend my time during rain delays very boringly. We used to just sit around, maybe reading, eating or playing cards keeping an eye on when my game was going to be on.

"I went to a hibernated state to try and conserve as much energy as possible. I use to gravitate to towards certain people in the locker room but never really hung out with anyone in particular."

Sue Barker
1338: "If there's any good news it's that the rain is a little lighter than it was half an hour ago but it's all a bit sad as everyone mills about looking for something to do. The only good news is that we've been told the rain could clear by around 1500 BST, so fingers crossed everyone."
BBC Sport's Sue Barker

1328: There has been a disappointing lack of famous faces so far, they're probably all sheltering from the rain. We're all hoping for a surprise visit from well-known tennis fan Snoop Dogg - it's three years now since he declared: "I used to like Ivan Lendl. He was sharp. An old schooler. Make it happen and roll out. Now I like Venus and Serena, but Ivan was the truth." Quite.

1320: "Is anyone going to join me on Henman Hill?"
Jack Needham via text

1319: "So what is wrong with watching The Who at Glastonbury? At least they can still perform, which is more than can be said for Henman." (see 1235 entry)
Tony Newark via text

It's raining at Wimbledon
1314: "There will be no play before 1400 BST at the earliest. Meanwhile, disgruntled fans are getting more, well, disgruntled. Today's big draw at Autograph Island, Svetlana Kuznetsova, is more than half an hour late for her slot. They can't find her."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

1307: "If Murray had pulled out a few hours earlier the draw would have been rewritten. The seeds would have been bumped up and Blake would have become Murray's seed, and Fish would have been brought in as the 32nd seed and avoided Nadal in the first round.

"The lateness of Murray's decision has caused a certain amount of consternation among the Americans in particular."
Five Live's Jonathan Overend

1302: "It's an all-too familiar scene: a few hardy optimists under umbrellas waiting for play to begin on the outside courts; massive queues for the food outlets and more raingear than a Milletts warehouse. Happy days. Still, it looks as if the rain has virtually stopped so, who knows, we might be able to start at 1330..."
BBC Sport's Mark Barden at Wimbledon

1300: "Why is there a picture of Bob Hoskins next to McEnroe's comment?" (see 1217 entry)
Scott, Deal, Kent, via text

1247: So bearing in mind the rain, which has eased off slightly, Roger Federer will presumably be even more keen to desptach Teimuraz Gabashvili as quickly as possible and get home in time for Strictly Come Ice Factor, or whatever. Use the website vote to let us know how long you think the champion will need to see off the Russian.

1240: "Not everyone is a loser when it rains. The Wimbledon shop is doing brisk business with umbrellas (20 for the golfing ones and 10 for the telescopic version) proving popular. And here were we thinking that only aliens from another planet would even think about coming to Wimbledon without rain protection."
BBC Sport's Sophie Brown at Wimbledon

1235: Henman Hill looks pretty bleak at the moment. It can't be much fun queuing up for hours, spending a fortune and then sitting in the mud watching re-runs on a big screen. It would be like going to Glastonbury and ending up watching The Who.

1231: No sign of Sir Cliff, I'm sorry to say. God knows we could do with him. A rousing chorus of Devil Woman would lift all our spirits.

1230: "Any sign of Cliff Richard yet?"
Sarah, London, via text.

1224: To kick off a new feature that we've just thought of and that will hopefully soon become redundant, we're asking the experts how they used to spend rain breaks.

First up, Sue Barker: "We used to play backgammon or read the papers. We also had quite competitive games of Trivial Pursuit. We played European players v American players.

"We always won when we played the English version and more often than not won the American version as well. I played with the likes of Virginia Wade and Betty Stove who are very intelligent. Of course back in my days the locker rooms weren't as nice as they are today as we didn't have the gyms etc that they use now."

And who is Sue's ideal person to be stuck in the locker room with? "Chris Evert. We liked to sit around and talk about anything but tennis."

John McEnroe
1217: "I would pick Tim to win (against Moya) in three or four sets on this court. I think he has got something left. People are saying he should join Rusedski in the commentary box, I keep saying it is a great gig. He will want to go out on his own terms."
BBC Sport analyst John McEnroe

1213: "I have a feeling that Henman's best chance of staying in Wimbledon until tomorrow is if it rains today..."
From luket77 on 606

It's raining at Wimbledon
1206: "We're not likely to see any play in the next three or four hours but it should clear later this afternoon and we might get some play into the evening," says the BBC weather report. It looks more like Glastonbury than Wimbledon at the moment.

1154: Bookmakers William Hill have apparently cut the odds on rain interrupting or delaying Centre Court play every day during Wimbledon from 33/1 to 20/1. And they have taken more money for the existence of alien life to be proved (100/1) than they have for a British girl to win Wimbledon (1000/1). Two Wimbledon traditions still going strong.

1140: It's official - there will be no play before 1230 BST because of the rain which is still falling, albeit gently.

The view from the fans
1132: "We've come from Athens, Georgia, the home of NCAA (American collegiate tennis), especially for Wimbledon - it's a treat to celebrate our 40th birthdays and 15 years together. It's going to be amazing to see Roger Federer on Centre Court. We're also hoping to see Robby Ginepri as he comes from half an hour from where we live."
Mike and Sallie, USA

1127: Well, the website voting is closed and in answer to the question, "Was Andy Murray right to pull out of Wimbledon because of his wrist injury?" a landslide 92% of you said "Yes". Some solace for the Scot maybe.

It's raining at Wimbledon
1117: Unfortunately not everyone is "loveing monday" like Nina (below). The predicted rain is coming down pretty heavily now - looks like Svetlana Kuznetsova could be doing a roaring trade at autograph island at 1230.

1114: "im loveing monday because its my birthday!!!!! Yay!!"
Nina via text

1105: Prophetic words from our last entry - the covers are pulled across on Centre Court as the first light rain of the day arrives.

1057: "People are soaking up the sun here on Henman Hill but I fear they'll soon just be soaking."
BBC Sport's Mark Barden at Wimbledon

1036: Over at Broadcast Centre, it's all air kisses and fond greetings as the BBC's experts arrive for the start of the 2007 Championships. Pam Shriver greets Vijay Amritraj like a long-lost brother. Meanwhile, the gates are open and Monday's ticket-holders flock to the outside courts to catch a glimpse of the likes of Zak Fleishman and Diego Hartfield.

1014: "Well I think it will have to be Tim against Moya today. Although Moya is a clay court specialist he is in better form than Henman. So hopefully it will be a good match with Tim winning and gaining confidence."
From incredibleAldo on 606

1006: There is a town crier wandering around the grounds ringing his bell and shouting, "Andy Murray won't play!" You would think he could have announced it on his website. Anyway, did the British number one make the right decision? Use our vote on the website to let us know .

0957: "Blimey, it looks better without a roof doesn't it," says one latecomer peering through our Centre Court commentary box window. A controversial view, let us know what you think of the new look?

0952: The great and the good of British broadcasting are starting to arrive at the All England Club, in the shape of Andrew Castle and Barry Davies, while Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate is seen deep in conversation on his mobile. Some last-minute tips for his former charge maybe?
BBC Sport's Sophie Brown at Wimbledon

0945: Play might not get under way for another two hours or so but we're going to get some on-court activity in 15 minutes - Tommy Haas and Fernando Gonzalez have got the first slot at the Aorangi practice courts, to be followed at 1100 by Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and, er, British number one Katie O'Brien.

0925: The tube is running smoothly, the trains too, and the queue is already at a healthy length, stretching along Church Road and winding around into the park. Waterproof clothing is in evidence but spirits are high at the moment.
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

0907: A final word, for the moment, on the weather - having made my way across south London in bright sunshine I can now see a huge dark cloud rolling ominously towards us. Boris Becker is currently out on Centre Court, sporting a new slicked-back hairstyle, and is probably unaware from his vantage point that a deluge is potentially heading his way.
BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Wimbledon

0857: But what of the ladies? This will, famously, be the first time they share equal prize money with the men, the two singles winners both walking away with 700,000. Champion Amelie Mauresmo is the favourite, but Justine Henin beat her at Eastbourne on Saturday.

0854: "This won't be my last Wimbledon, I'd be very surprised," Tim Henman told BBC Sport's Chris Hollins. "I still feel I've a lot of good tennis in me, so you never know."

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
0849: "Here at Wimbledon, the sun's out again. In the sun it feels quite warm, but out of the sun and it's pretty cold. I don't think we'll be able to escape the rain for too much longer."
BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood

0839: "This will be the first time in 85 years the Centre Court has not had a roof because of the redevelopments we are doing. In years to come, people will say 'do you remember the Wimbledon that didn't have a roof?' It will be iconic."
All-England Club chief executive Ian Ritchie

0824: Federer will be followed on Centre Court (though probably not today) by a certain Timothy Henry Henman OBE. He kicks off against former world number one Carlos Moya, the ex-British number one having only two ATP Tour wins under his belt so far in 2007.

It's raining at Wimbledon
0816: Not happy days. "Today is expected to be Britain's wettest day for 50 years," says a reporter on BBC Five Live. Truly, Wimbledon has arrived.

0812: Now a lot of the talk today will be about a man not even playing at this year's championships. But let's not forget that Roger Federer is on the brink of creating history. The Swiss gets his campaign under way on Centre Court against Russian Teimuraz Gabashviliv as he bids to equal Bjorn Borg's Open-era record of five straight titles.

0759: Judy's just been on BBC One, too, chatting away with presenter Chris Hollins. She seems quietly confident that her eldest son Jamie might just go all the way in the doubles with his partner Eric Butorac. They did win the Nottingham Open doubles title on Saturday, so who knows?

0753: "The covers are coming off, wahey! Let's play before it starts raining."
BBC Five Live's Nicky Campbell at Wimbledon

0750: "I think the chance is that if you come back too soon you can get long-term problems. There's no point in Andy risking it. It's sad, because he's got a huge emotional attachment to Wimbledon. I'm relieved he's made the right decision, but I'm not relieved as he's not here.

"I first brought Andy to Wimbledon when he was about six and he camped out for about three days trying to get Andre Agassi's autograph. I don't think he ever got it!"
Judy Murray on the withdrawal of her son

0743: "Even by our standards it's early for a British number one to go out of Wimbledon," says a colleague. Took him an hour-long car journey to come up with that. I'll spare him the embarrassment of using his name.

0736: "You don't mess around with any type of injury at this stage of his career. Unless Andy had got the all-clear he'd have been an idiot to play. When he's ready, he's ready. Wimbledon has just come a touch too early."
Britain's Davis Cup captain John Lloyd on Andy Murray

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
0726: "It's nice and sunny at the moment, but we are set for pretty heavy showers later," says the BBC's weather presenter live from the Centre Court. At the minute, the sun is beaming down on Television Centre.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
0722: A hammer blow last night with the admittedly unsurprising news that great British hope Andy Murray has been forced to withdraw from the tournament. "I've done everything possible to get ready but I'm not 100%," said the 20-year-old. Which means a potentially final hurrah for Henman Hill. But how long will the world's 78th-ranked player last this time around?

0708: Tell you what, the BBC's weather people are not in much doubt are they? Three days of frustration looms, though Thursday and Friday could be crackers. Click on the 24-hour forecast tab and, if you are thinking of popping down to Wimbers, Tuesday lunchtime seems to be a window of opportunity.

It's raining at Wimbledon
0700: Morning all, we're just a few hours away from the start of Wimbledon 2007 and the weather is..... dodgy. Today's forecast is for the traditional mixture of sunshine and showers, so fingers crossed. Play gets under way on the outside courts at 1200 BST, with the show-court action beginning at 1300.

We'll be here throughout the day to bring you the latest news from around the All England Club, both on the courts and off, so whether you're settling down at home, stuck in the office or queuing on Church Road, send us your thoughts.



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