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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 June 2007, 08:38 GMT 09:38 UK
Day six as it happened

By the BBC Sport team at Wimbledon


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

American Pie character Seann William Scott
Andy Roddick celebrates his first Wimbledon victory
1904: Congratulations to Andy Roddick, who can enjoy the unfamiliar feeling of a Wimbledon victory. A-Rod wins the tennis lookey-likey website vote for his uncanny resemblance to American Pie character Stifler with 46% of the vote, followed by Tsonga-Ali on 24%, and Federer-Tarantino and Andy Murray-Napoleon Dynamite sharing 15% each. So it's not been a totally wasted day, eh? See you on Monday for more wacky antics and, hopefully, some tennis.

1856: It's official: "We share your frustration with the British weather but play for the day is abandoned," says the voice of Wimbledon. It's all been a bit poor today, unless you're Amelie Mauresmo or Maria Sharapova, both of whom managed to squeeze victories into the 57 minutes of play. Still, there's one more matter to be concluded today - the vote!

The view from the fans
1848: "A very miserable Bobby Charlton has just walked past me. At least he had a royal lunch!"
Heidi via text

1845: "I protest that the Moya-Kurt Russell pairing has been neglected."
Steve, London, via text (don't worry, got a feeling we could have more rounds of this competition over the next week)

1835: Time hangs heavy in a damp commentary box with two women eating wine gums and blathering on about nonsense - time for a vote! Who's the best tennis lookey-likey? Roger Federer has been likened to American retro pastiche film director Quentin Tarantino, a US tennis mag recently suggested Andy Murray is a dead ringer for film geek Napoleon Dynamite, Andy Roddick is a well known double for American Pie character Stifler, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fancies himself as a bit of a Muhammad Ali in the making. Get website voting!

1814: Most of the matches due second on court have been cancelled. That includes the third-round tie between golden oldies Wayne Arthurs (36) and Jonas Bjorkman (35). This damp weather can play havoc when you're that old, you know.

It's raining at Wimbledon
1805: The voice of Wimbledon is "continuing to monitor the situation". So are we - it's raining.

1749: "The life and times of Patty Schnyder part three (see 1507 entry) - right, so this private detective who her parents had hired dishes the dirt on her coach. Schnyder then, perhaps in a bid to spite her mum and dad, only goes and marries the private eye. Dynamite. Who says the Swiss are boring? It's called 'The White Mile' and will be in all good bookshops soon (other tennis autobiographies are available)."
BBC Sport's TV mole (published desite some intra-commentary box dissent)

1749: Just to confirm there will be no play on Sunday but play on all courts - including Centre and Court One - will begin at 1100 BST on Monday. Only 41 hours and 11 minutes to go!

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1744: "I'm happy to be here, honoured to be invited and I want to enjoy the day."
Former West Indies cricketer Brian Lara (good luck with that Brian)

1732: "Things really are slow, three of the last eight messages got put into the text."
From E_Cartman on 606 (make that four out of eight)

1720: "Rain, rain go away, I wana c my Rafa play!"
From soniabegum on 606

It's raining at Wimbledon
1715: Weather update - there will be no play before 1745 BST at the earliest. It continues to rain very heavily. Dull!

1707: "Wow! Jelana Jankovic just sauntered into our office prior to an interview with Sue Barker. She commented on the view we enjoy over court 18, which was nice of her. Seems like a lovely lass. Mole is secretly hoping Ana Ivanovic is next to pop in for chat. I'd even let her have one of my biscuits."
BBC Sport's TV mole

The view from the fans
1703: Well at least the Champagne & Pimms Tent is keeping the sodden fans in good spirits, says BBC Sport's Sarah Holt. Here are some thoughts from champagne-guzzling Belgians Sophie, Phil, Frankie and Sofie (they're friends of LTA women's head coach Carl Maes, apparently). "We live in hope. The show must go on. We're going to have a nice time anyway. The British people do moan but not about the weather, and that has surprised us. The difference between Roland Garros and Wimbledon can be summed up in one word: atmosphere."

1658: "Cannot agree with the umpire in the Sharapova match. If it's right to put the covers on because it's raining then it shouldn't matter if it's the middle of set one or match point. Unseemly haste!"
From OldCurmugeon on 606

Here's The Mole's response (see 1628): "Ah-ha you are wrong, the Molemiester is a season ticket holder at White Hart Lane. Incidentally somebody has just reminded me Bruce Forsyth is a Spurs fan - him and Bent must have loads to talk about during the rain breaks."
The Mole

It's raining at Wimbledon
The voice of Wimbledon delivers some ominous news on the weather front. Apparently, the current band of rain will disrupt play for "some time" - we await with bated breath.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1637: Let's whack up the Brits graphic even though Blighty was in a no-lose situation really. James Auckland and Claire Curran defeated Lee Childs and Katie O'Brien 6-3 6-3 to advance to the second round of the mixed doubles.

1630: The crowd could be in for a bit of good news. Apparently, if there is no more play today punters will get a 100% refund as they have only had 57 minutes of action.

1628: Why the anti-Darren Bent bias? (see 1058) Let me guess, "The Mole" is a bitter Arsenal fan who has to criticise Spurs in any way possible, after Henry left ..."
Chumbawumba2 on 606 Let's just see what The Mole has to say to that shall we?

1620: We really need to catch up don't we? Fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova leads Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 4-3 on Court 13, while elsewhere Ivanovic is one set up against Aravane Rezai and Dementieva holds a one-set lead over Paszek. On the men's front, Tomas Berdych took the opening set 6-4 from Hyung-Taik Lee.

It's raining at Wimbledon
Uh-oh the rain is back and the covers are drawn over Centre Court. Sharapova manages to finish her match 6-3 6-3 to get past Sugiyama on Court One, though the Japanese 26th seed does not look very happy that she had to play for a few minutes in the rain.

1600: Venus takes the first set from Japan's Morigami 6-2 and those shorts really are mesmerising. Here's BBC Sport's Annabel Croft: "Venus has a pair of hot lycra white pants, it looks like she has forgotten her skirt. I don't think I've ever seen her in a pair of tight shorts before"
Well, Venus was explaining the other day that the reason she doesn't have a skirt is that her designers made it too big. She hasn't lost weight, they just made a mistake.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1555: Bloomfield and Marray take the first set of their men's doubles match 6-3.

1553: Steady on Steve, what we do know is that it has taken Mauresmo, the defending champion, just 57 minutes to notch up a 6-1 6-2 win. Next up Rafa. Here's Judy on Mauresmo: "You would have expected more of Santangelo as she is rated 29 in the world but Mauresmo highlighted her weaknesses."
BBC Sport's Judy Murray

1550: "Is Amelie Mauresmo on grass the Tim Henman of the ladies' game? Beautiful hands, beautiful balance and a serve and volleyer too."
Steve in Liverpool by text

Pat Cash
Sharapova takes the first set from Sugiyama 6-3. Here's what Pat Cash says: "It was very competitive and at one stage I thought Sugiyama had a real chance to grab the first set the way she was playing, but then Sharapova started thumping winners and aces everywhere."
BBC Sport's Pat Cash

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1535: Right then, the Brits are in business. Richard Bloomfield and Jonathan Marray are leading their Polish opponents Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Lukasz Kubot 3-1 in the opening set of their second round men's doubles match.

1526: Slow progress on Court One but Sharapova is now 3-2 up against Sugiyama. Venus Williams is causing a stir with her tight white shorts on Court Two where she is on serve with Akiko Morigami. Elena Dementieva is 2-0 against Austrian teenager Tamira Paszek while sixth seed Ana Ivanovic holds a 3-0 lead over Aravane Rezai.

1520: Wimbledon is in full swing now with play under way on the outside courts too. Will do the rounds shortly but here on Centre Mauresmo has taken the first set 6-1 in a rapid 26 minutes. Here's what the experts reckon: "Mauresmo really has served unbelievably well. When she gets in behind that serve and volleys so well, there really is no answer to it."
BBC Sport's Judy Murray

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
Get the champagne corks out! It's a bumper day in the Royal Box as Lenny Henry, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders take their seats - but will the rain have the, er, last laugh?

The mole is back, here's more of his tedious tripe: "More Schnyder revelations (see 1316) - so her parents started to get a bit freaked out about her coach's orange juice obsession so they hired a private investigator to find out what was going on. Turned out to be nothing sinister - he was sponsored by Tropicana. Not really, he was just a bit strange, it all went a bit wrong and they split up (forgot to mention that they were also courting). Find out what happened next later. I'm saving you 16.99 here.
A bored mole

1500: Sugiyama manages to fend off three break points and win her opening game against Sharapova. Play is expected to commence soon on the outside courts.

1455: Play gets under way and Mauresmo manages to hold her first service game while over on Court One Maria Sharapova will shortly begin her match against Ai Sugiyama.

1448: Here come some players at last. Defending champion Amellie Mauresmo and Mara Santangelo are knocking up on Centre. The pair are watched by former England manager Sir Bobby Robson, who takes his seat on the front row of the Royal Box a few seats down from Sir Bobby Charlton, with a fidgety Darren Bent a few rows behind.

1443: BBC Sport's Piers Newbery makes friends during his break from the live. Here's what he's been up to: "Had much business?" I ask the lone figure on the official sunscreen stand. "No."

1437: "Eric and Jamie should relive high school and sneak into the women's locker room, there's an idea!"
The Boogeyman, Newcastle via text. (Thank you for your suggestion Boogeyman but we can't condone those antics rain break or not)

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
We welcome back the sunshine graphic - with a little hesitation. Covers coming off now and the net is fixed in place to applause from the patient crowd. Matches will commence on Centre and Court One at 1445.

1425: The voice of Wimbledon has more news. The Met Office informs that a dry period is expected soon and as soon as that settles in then the covers will come off. So there should be some play after all, which scuppers anyone who thought they might have a chance of at least getting their money back.

It's raining at Wimbledon
Cheers ring round Centre as the men in green come on to remove the covers. BUT it's yet another false alarm as light winds bring some more rain over the All England Club.

1409: Some more doubles matches have been cancelled, including Jamie Murray and Jelena Jankovic's mixed doubles clash with Richard Bloomfield and Miss Sarah Borwell. Probably best for Jamie after Jankovic insisted quite forcefully last night that she does not have 'a thing' for him. A Mexican Wave of umbrellas is now edging around Centre Court. That's the spirit.

1402: "How about a game of playground tag for Eric and Jamie (see 1255 entry)? It will get them warmed up!"
An unknown voice via text (we'll make sure Sarah suggests that Eric and Jamie play tag, definitely)

Bjorn Borg celebrates winning Wimbledon in 1980
"Check me out," says Bjorn Borg as he wins in 1980
1358: The net is up, the ball boys are out, the line judges are in place and.... it starts raining again. Here's a picture of Borg to cheer you up.

1355: Great timing as Borg delivers his biggest thumping since he saw off Connors in the 1978 final. The man from Sveden officially wore the best tennis gear of the 1980s, and he only just squeezed in having dominated the previous decade. Borg gets 64% of the vote while Cash finishes runner-up on 34%, and to celebrate we're going to dig out a picture.

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
1347: The covers are off on Centre Court! It is in no way sunny, not even close, but stuff it. We don't play by the rules in commentary box 4. Play to start at 1400 BST.

1342: The voice of Wimbledon, he say - the rain has stopped and after a short wait to make sure it doesn't start again, the covers will come off. No play before 1400 BST on Centre and Court 1 though, and before 1430 BST on the outside courts. "It's officially stopped raining," adds BBC Sport's Sarah Holt from the far reaches of the All England Club. Thanks for that.

1338: "It feels like it's almost stopping and is a little brighter. People had been sheltering on the stairs on Centre Court - a safety hazard surely? But understandable."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt at Wimbledon

1329: "Eric and Jamie (see 1255 entry) could 'get in the zone' by playing an intense game of 'snap' to give them the competitive edge leading into their match."
From joshthejayman on 606

The view from the fans
1326: "Writing from Centre Court staircase 54. It's getting brighter now. My father has come all the way from India to watch Nadal. Please god let him have the time of his life."
Vikas from Reading via text

1323: Well, frankly, we're appalled. Pat Cash? The Aussie's (presumably) 1987 get-up (37%) has seen off Becker (29%), Edberg (24%) and Batesy (10%). Another blow for British tennis and no-one's struck a ball yet today. So Cash and Borg go head-to-head for the next 30 minutes on the website vote as we decide, definitively, which man wore the best tennis gear in the 1980s.

1316: "I've never read a tennis players' autobiography but I may have to make an exception for Patty Schnyder's soon-to-be-released tome. Regular readers of this column will know that me and Patty are quite close but she's never told me some of these tales. Apparently, she will reveal all about her strange relationship with her ex-coach who used to make her drink litres and litres of orange juice every day, telling her it was just like 'mother's milk'. I've just had some orange juice, didn't taste anything like mother's milk. Will tell more of Patty's weird existence later."
BBC Sport's TV mole

1312: "So Borg was a tad hirsute (see 1251 entry). Nothing that a good shave wouldn't solve. Dress sense immaculate."
From Phil (again) via text

1308: "My Gran bought me a Stefan Edberg shirt in 1987 and I was forced to wear it, despite being a fan of his arch rival and BBC Sport legend Boris Becker. I made my mum go out and buy me a Boom Boom shirt, which I wore while strolling to the 1988 Broadstairs & St Peters boy's singles and doubles titles. They should put that on the big screen, awesome."
BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Wimbledon

It's raining at Wimbledon
1303: It is now raining extremely hard. "Oh my God!" exclaims Radio One Newsbeat's David Garrido in the next commentary booth. Indeed.

1255: Resurrecting our ever-popular 'what players do during the rain breaks (apart from tell journalists what they do during the rain break) feature - BBC Sport's Sarah Holt caught up with Jamie Murray and Eric Butorac - aka Stretch and Booty.

Jamie: "Well there's not much to do, we just hang out or I read, listen to my ipod - I was listening to Ben Harper earlier - and it's a good time to get my laptop out."
Eric: "Well I don't read much so I just like to hang out. Actually if you've got any good ideas about what I could do when it rains could you let me know?"

So there you have it. Booty wants your ideas so what do you reckon? Go on, I said I'd get back to him.

1251: "It has to be Borg (see the entry below). Neat, tidy and a cool dude."
From Phil via text (cool he may have been, Phil, but tidy? The man didn't shave for two weeks)

1248: Borg is heading to the 1980s tennis-fashion final with 42% on our website vote, having trounced McEnroe (35%), Lendl (12%) and Connors (11%). Shame - Lendl's Pringle number was much underrated. Anyway, it's semi-final two in a moment - Becker, Cash, Edberg and Britain's Jeremy Bates.

1245: For anyone who's just joined us, the situation is....damp. Play was scheduled to start at 1100 but it's been raining all morning. The forecast is poor but there's hope of a couple of hours play this afternoon. If the rain does clear we'll get Mauresmo, Sharapova, Venus and Ivanovic first up.

1241: "Borg, Lendl, Connors and Mac wore shorts that were too short and that surely disqualifies them from any kind of fashion award (see the website vote)."
From chaamjamal on 606

1237: "It's got to be McEnroe (see the website vote) with those tight shorts and that headband."
From Karen via text

1234: "The 'fine but persistent drizzle' means Aorangi practice courts are deserted, with security sitting around glumly. There's a hubbub coming from the players' lounge upstairs where they're all taking shelter - a wise move because it's raining hard now."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt at Wimbledon (she thinks the players are avoiding the rain. Ha!)

1229: A Statement from All England Club chief executive Ian Ritchie: "Irrespective of the amount of play today, the middle Saturday (30 June), I can confirm that we are sufficiently on schedule and that, therefore, there will be no play tomorrow, Sunday 1 July."

1227: There will be no play before 1300 BST, although the voice of Wimbledon is confident the rain will clear after that and there will be some play this afternoon. Top man!

1224: The second video instalment from our behind-the-scenes team is now up and running on the website - it contains the second part of Rishi's walk to Court 1 and Henman Hill and a look in a TV editing suite, as well as finding out what Boris Becker, Elena Dementieva and Nicole Vaidisova's favourite films are. More exclusive snippets from Boris and the gang to follow....

1218: After much discussion, the best-dressed man in 1980s tennis is a prize that must be fought over by more than four people, meaning we're going to need semi-finals. So, you'll get 30 minutes to vote for Borg, McEnroe, Connors and Lendl, and then another 30 minutes to vote for Becker, Cash, Edberg and, er, Bates. The top two will then meet in the first final of Wimbledon 2007.

1210: Surely it's time for some classic action on the Centre Court big screen - we want to see big hair, headbands and 1980s leisurewear. Time for a vote!

1205: "I'm on court 18 and rain is getting worse. I don't think there will be play before 5pm never mind 12.30! Oh well."
Sara via text (keep the faith Sara)

1200: We have a revised order of play - and as far as we can make out, there's no change, yet, on Centre Court or Court 1, but Svetlana Kuznetsova has got the boot from Court 2 and Nicole Vaidisova has been cut from the Court 18 schedule. Back home to watch cooking and cartoons on telly for those two.

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1157: "Celebrity spotting in Wimbledon village last night - I spied perennial quarter-finalist Wayne Ferreira in the Dog and Fox pub. Ah, the glamorous life I lead."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese not at Wimbledon (and pushing the limits of our celebrity graphic)

1151: "Just realised I didn't give you all a Boris Becker fashion update yesterday due to the fact that our paths didn't cross. He isn't in today so you are going to have to wait until Monday I'm afraid."
BBC Sport's TV mole

1148: "Despite the rain, the Broadcast Centre is a hive of activity as the BBC team prepares to be called into action at any moment. Sue Barker, Martina Navratilova and stats king Jason Goodall are among those doing a fine job of looking busy."
BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Wimbledon

It's raining at Wimbledon
1142: It's started raining again - it's going to be one of those days.

1134: Good news - it's stopped raining. The voice of Wimbledon says, well, not a lot really. Apparently they'll uncover the outside courts when the weather improves.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1130: We're clearly being too picky about the lack of British success this year. There are in fact 21 Brits due to play today, including a double(s) whammy on Court 17 - Lee Childs and Katie O'Brien against James Auckland and Claire Curran. Cue to start humming Rule Britannia and get the Up the Brits graphic out.

1123: Pity the umpires on Court 11 where today's schedule includes Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Michelle Larcher De Brito, Peerakiet Siriluthaiwattana and Lofo Ramaiaramanan.

1115: No play before 1230 BST - we think they mean today but we can't be sure.

1112: "Don't moles live in tunnels (see 1027 entry)? Busman's holiday if you ask me."
From HG_orwhatever on 606

1107: "Why is Sophie (see 1046 entry) ignoring the doubles? Far faster and much more entertaining than singles.... as well as a few Brits still in there!"
Annemarie in Montrose via text

1058: "There is a veritable feast of celebrities in the Royal Box today. Today's Jimmy Tarbuck equivalent is Bruce Forsyth. Imagine being sat next to him, how annoying would that be? Likewise, French and Saunders, who are also here. Amongst some serious heavyweights from the world of sport is Tottenham's over-priced striker Darren Bent. This is a Royal Box for heaven's sake - what qualifications does he have to be there? Standards are slipping, I'm going to have words. He will be in the cheap seats before the start of play, don't you worry."
BBC Sport's TV mole

1046: "The Brits have long gone, James Blake went out yesterday while fellow pseudo-Brit Alexander Popp retired in 1994 but fear not, the bottom of the home-hope barrel in the Wimbledon singles has not yet been scraped. Step forward Wayne Arthurs, who is second up on Court 13. His dad was born in Belfast and played Davis Cup for Ireland. OK, so it means cheering on an Aussie but beggars can't be choosers..."
BBC Sport's Sophie Brown at Wimbledon

It's raining at Wimbledon
1040: It's official - there will be no play before 1200 BST at the earliest.

1035: "The best game today will probably be Kiefer v Djokovic. Kiefer likes playing on the green stuff, Djokovic isn't quite as surefooted but makes up for that with a bundle of natural talent."
From jmb on 606

1027: "Right here's the deal. After knocking off to go the Twenty20 cricket last night, I got stuck on a broken down Victoria Line train for over an hour outside Stockwell. In a tunnel. It was hot. People were passing out. I missed 16 overs of a 20-over innings. That was the warning I needed, never leave the tennis. Wimbledon is my home now."
BBC Sport's TV mole

It's raining at Wimbledon
1020: We have an updated official weather forecast (see 0935 entry) and there is now "a 60% chance of occasional light rain or drizzle, increasing to 80% by 1500 when it will turn persistent and last throughout the rest of the day." I can confirm that is is currently 100% raining. Persistently.

1010: In the spirit of serious coverage, some highlights from last night's news conferences:
- Roddick on golf: "It's not relaxing for me. I go mental. The ball's not even moving and I can't hit it right. And I don't have the pants."
- Serena on appearing on the Jonathan Ross show: "That's definitely provided all my inspiration to doing well in The Championships."

1005: For those of you who were with us yesterday, apologies for the trivial nature of much of the discussion. It was ladies' day in commentary box 4 and there was a lot of nonsense talked about boys and stuff. Rest assured, order will be restored today. The mole will be kept on a short leash too - if you keep moles on leashes that is.

0955: Play is scheduled to start on the outside courts at 1100, although the prospects are not good. If things do clear up, Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic will be among those in action early on. Later on we have Amelie Mauresmo, Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal to look forward to, although we fancy a bit of Nalbandian v Baghdatis in the second match on Court 1. The tremendously grumpy Nalbo up against the ever-chirpy Baggy could lead to some pantomime-style crowd interaction.

The view from the fans
0945: "Bearing in mind that travelling across London today is a bit like being in an episode of 24, and that it's raining and the prospects are gloomy, hats off to the thousands of people prepared to sleep overnight or get up at the crack of dawn and join the queue - evidence of the pulling power of Robin Soderling. If you're out there, send us a text, and here's hoping you get to see some play."
BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Wimbledon

0935: The official weather forecast says it will be "a mostly cloudy day with a 30% risk of disruption, increasing to 70% after 1800 BST". Looking out on Centre Court, we must be getting through a fair bit of that 30% right now.

It's raining at Wimbledon
0925: Good day. The Saturday morning queue is already very long and getting longer, it's full of Aussies, Kiwis and South Africans, there are Americans trying to buy umbrellas in the newsagent, free drinks/papers/tennis balls etc are being handed out, and the sniffer dog has been through my lunch. A normal day in SW19. Oh, and it's raining.

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