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Last Updated: Monday, 2 July 2007, 19:41 GMT 20:41 UK
Wimbledon 2007
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By the BBC Sport team at Wimbledon


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2040: "I like Nadal's pants."
Serena again. She'll get another chance to check them out soon as Rafa didn't finish his match and will be back tomorrow. As will we. See you then.

2038: "If she was Serena Williams, I wouldn't feel that bad."
Serena, when asked how she would feel if she had been in Daniela Hantuchova's position and had lost to a player who was so severly hampered by a leg injury.

It's raining at Wimbledon

2015: Jonas Bjorkman wins the battle of the oldies on Court Two just before the rain falls. This looks like it will be it for the day. Mikhael Youzhny is also through in straight sets. For those who were wondering, Michaella Krajicek is also through
Bjorkman beats Arthurs 6-2 6-1 6-4
Krajicek beats Granville 6-3 6-4.
Youzhny beats Nieminen 7-5 7-6 6-3

2010: Serena pulls off a remarkable victory and then hobbles off court. Hantuchova looks a bit fed up - well, wouldn't you be? Nadal has broken in the fifth set to go 2-0 up.
Williams beats Hantuchova 6-2 6-7 6-2

2007: Never mind a roof, what about floodlights? It's gloomsville on Centre Court at the moment. Hewitt has broken in the third set against Canas.

2004: It's growing ominously dark here. Serena survives a break-back point and an ace clinches the game - she's one away from victory. Soderling has levelled at two sets all.

1959: You can't argue with Serena's competitiveness - she's just broken Hantuchova. Her need for the bathroom has mysteriously vanished. Hewitt has lost the second set to Canas and Bjorkman is now two sets and a break up on Arthurs.

1954: Now Serena wants to go for a bathroom break. The umpire tells her she'll have to wait until after Hantuchova's next serve. Soderling's broken in the fourth set.

1948: Serena v Hantuchova will be the last action on Centre Court tonight - Andy Roddick's match against Paul-Henri Mathieu has been cancelled. Also dumped from today's schedule is Jelena Jankovic, Richard Gasquet and the match between Juan Carlos Ferrero and Janko Tipsarevic.

Someone is having a tantrum at Wimbledon

1943: Serena has two game points but then hits a routine forehand into the net and hops up and down and smashes her racquet on the ground in frustration. They're knocking up on the outside courts now.

1935: "I think everybody is astonished Serena is still out there. If she can't move more than one step to either side then what is the point in being out there?"
BBC Radio Five Live analyst Judy Murray

1928: Soderling has snatched the third set on a tie break against Nadal. Rog will be feeling just that bit more warm and snug in his white jacket and trouser combo. On Centre, Hantuchova wins the second-set tie-break. Serena has full-length leggings (white, of course) on under her skirt. She's hobbling about but manages to hold her opening serve in the deciding set.

1919: "We've prepared her for her match and she's ready to go," trainer Amber Donaldson tells BBC Sport's Garry Richardson as Serena Williams walks back onto Centre Court to face Daniela Hantuchova, having early gone down with a calf strain. By the way, the covers are staying on until 1930 BST on the outside courts.

1914: The voting is closed and, guess what, you think the weather is the worst thing about Wimbledon with 46%, although 30% of you have clearly reached the end of your tether with the British players. But with the covers off and Richard Bloomfield and Jonny Marray already through today, we think the future looks bright.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1910: "It seems the Great British Public have been using the rain delay wisely - there are now quite a lot of drunk people around. Well, you can't really blame them."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

1903: The voice has returned to tell us that the covers will be coming off shortly. The ground staff's busy day continues.

John McEnroe

1847: "Do my kids play tennis? Like many kids in the US and UK, my kids are afflicted with affluenza - they have it too easy."
BBC Sport analyst John McEnroe

1840: It's pouring down now but Mr Wimbledon is still hopeful of some play this evening.


1832: A still-packed Court 18 has resorted to their umpteenth Mexican wave of the day. There are few things more annoying than being forced to partake in a Mexican wave by a group of over-excitable Australians. Sorry to be a misery, but waves are a blight on sport that needs to be stamped out. I propose a vote. What is the most annoying thing about Wimbledon? Mexican Waves? The weather? British tennis players? The cost of everything?
A tired and emotional TV Mole

1829: "Grass is beautiful - it's green, it's what they play soccer on."
Marcos Baghdatis is a fan of Wimbledon. Bet football fan David Nalbandian doesn't feel the same way. We can't see what colour the grass is at the moment because the covers are on.

1826: "Blustery showers look likely to continue for the rest of the day, but because of that wind they are getting blown away quite quickly so we should see some more play this evening."
BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood

1820: Does no-one in Wimbledon know how to treat cramp? A piece of tomato laden with salt, gone in seconds.
Claire by text on 81111

It's raining at Wimbledon

1815: The covers have gone back and the umbrellas are back up. Ho hum.

1814: "No fan of Nalbandian and he probably is sulking but he's absolutely right (see 1754)."
Donna by text on 81111

1811: Bookmakers Ladbrokes are now offering just 2/1 that Wimbledon will roll on into a third week.

1807: "I've never heard anything more ridiculous in my life. Conspiracy theories and the Williams family go hand in hand and it is really something that some people like to perpetrate. Why would it be in Serena Williams' interests 30-15 down in a level set to invent an injury?"
BBC Radio Five Live tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend responds to callers' claims that Williams was not that badly injured

1800: Six o'clock chimes. Miss Joan Hunter Dunn is sipping her lime juice and gin on the verandah in the Surrey sunshine but here at Wimbledon, everyone is huddled up in their waterproofs. But it's not raining at least, and the voice of Wimbledon has just announced that the covers are about to be removed once again.

1754: "It's incredible we didn't play yesterday - so bad. It doesn't surprise me... They don't care about us."
David Nalbandian wades into the middle Sunday debate but only after losing in straight sets. Sulking, my mum would call it.

1749: OK, a quick update on other scores. Fourth seed Novak Djokovic has come back from a break down to snatch the first set on a tie-break against Nicolas Kiefer. The silent but deadly Nikolay Davydenko is two sets and a break up against Gael Monfils, Mikhael Youzhny leads Jarkko Nieminen by two sets to love, Hewitt is 6-3 3-4 against Canas. Serena/Hantuchova aside, there's only one women's match in progress - Michaella Krajicek leads Laura Granville 6-3 4-1 - can't think how we neglected to do updates on that one earlier on.

1741: "Serena looks in no position to be out there competing but she is no quitter. I felt in the last few minutes she was flexing her leg a little bit better and just to suggest that maybe she can shake off this injury and come back and win the match."
BBC Radio Five Live tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend

1735: It's all happening. The rain gets harder and saves Serena on Centre as play is suspended. Over on Court One, Nadal goes set point down only for Soderling to shank a straightforward smash. Nadal then has match point, hits the ball out, loses a Hawk-Eye challenge, at which point Soderling marches off to his chair ready to go off before the umpire suspends play which leaves Nadal huffing and puffing. Play is finally officially halted and the covers are brought back on. We need a mayhem graphic.

1732: Serena hangs on to her serve to force a tie-break. If there weren't enough happening, it's also started spitting on Centre Court.

1729: Blimey, with all that drama on Centre Court, it feels like we've neglected the action elsewhere. Quick update: Baghdatis has beaten Nalbandian while Nadal and Soderling are in a third-set tie-break. Jonas Bjorkman is two sets to love up against Wayne Arthurs in the battle of the granddads on Court Three.
Baghdatis beats Nalbandian 6-2 7-5 6-0

1727: I'm surprised Serena's still out there. she has to push up on the calf muscle to serve and she is in danger of doing herself more injury.
BBC Radio Five Live analyst Judy Murray

1723: Serena loses that game and hobbles tearfully back to the chair for some more treatment at the changeover.

1719: Serena is still slumped on the baseline and crying out as the trainer tries to treat her. Hantuchova, who has wrapped herself up in a towel to keep warm, wanders over to see what's happening. The umpire calls an injury timeout so Serena has three minutes to get back to her feet and play on, or she's out. Having looked to be in a super-hurry at the beginning of the match, Serena probably wouldn't mind a rain delay now.

1717: Dramatic scenes on Centre Court as Serena collapses to the ground in agony. She's clutching her calf, looks like a nasty bout of cramp.

1715: Serena has got the trainer on and is asking for salt. Has her hamstring problem flared up again?

1713: Marcos Baghdatis is two sets and a break up on former Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian. But Nalbandian is the modern-day Todd Martin so surely a slow and painful fightback is on the cards. Serena has broken back against Hantuchova. Soderling goes a break up against Nadal but is promptly broken back.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1708: Quick, let's get the Brits up graphic out - Richard Bloomfield and Jonny Marray have beaten 16th seeds Fyrstenberg and Kubot. A bit of a shame as we had got quite fond of the Polish pair but still, a win's a win and this is the new ruthless age of British tennis.

1702: Everything changes, as the newly-outed Take That fan Venus might say. Hantuchova cracks down an ace to go 5-2 up in the second set against Serena. It's all change (well, a bit of change anyway) on Court One, where Soderling has broken back against Nadal in the third set.

1655: The Aussie fans are getting excited on Court 18 as Hewitt takes the first set against Canas. Against the odds, Hantuchova breaks Serena. Seems like she's copying Venus, who is watching her little sis from the players' box, and who won the first set of her match 6-2 but ended up only just squeaking through.

1650: "It's no good just putting the ball back in play (on the Nadal serve) - Soderling has to be more aggressive."
BBC Sport Hawk-Eye analyst Jason Goodall as Nadal goes a break up in the third set.

1647: "Roger will now be flicking over to Deal or No Deal (see 1537)."
From Russ on 606

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1640: There's always a proverbial fly in the ointment - Bloomfield and Marray have gone a break down in the third set against that pesky pair Fyrstenberg and Kubot.

The sun is out again at Wimbledon

1636: Serena takes the first set 6-2 in just 27 minutes - and the sun is still shining.

Tracy Austin

1631: "It seems like Hantuchova doesn't have a game plan - she's just playing shots and not constructing points."
BBC Sport analyst Tracy Austin

1626: Nadal has wrapped up the second set against Soderling. Meanwhile, Hantuchova plops a backhand into the net to give Serena a double-break.

1618: Well, we've managed to complete the warm-ups. Serena breaks straight away.


1610: Spotted sheltering from the pesky rain in the Broadcast Centre's reception was Lleyton Hewitt's wife and former Home and Away actress Bec Cartwright. Wimbledon isn't much like Summer Bay is it, Bec? If Alf Stewart was here he would no doubt be spitting 'you flaming galah' every time the heavens opened.
BBC Sport's TV mole

1606: Deja vu - the players are knocking up again on Centre and Court One. But looking on the bright side (literally), it's not as dark as it was last time they did it.

1558: "My mum had it on but I was reading a book. We did hear Take That though and we promised ourselves we're going to get the Greatest Hits because we didn't know they sang any of those songs."
Venus Williams on last night's Concert for Diana

1554: The weariness is getting to the Centre Court crowd, too, as a half-hearted Mexican wave begins.

1546: Yippee, the covers are off again and we're scheduled to start all over again in a few minutes. All this to-ing and fro-ing is even getting to the usually unflappable voice of Wimbledon - he's beginning to sound positively hesitant and world-weary.

1537: The rain has stopped and the court covers are emitting a blinding glare from the sun. Roger Federer must be loving this as he sits in his rented house down the road watching afternoon telly (Murder She Wrote? Or is he more of a Bergerac man?)

1531: Well, we might as well give up now if the latest vote results are anything to go by as 31% of you reckon that these championships will never end. Those who voted 'never' are clearly a negative bunch - I say, you're not involved in British tennis, are you?


1523: England's Rugby World Cup-winning hero Will Greenwood has been spied by a colleague (who persists in wanting to be known as the BBC Sport meerkat - he has issues) huddling for cover by Court Two while his former boss Sir Clive lords it in the Royal Box. Don't forget the little people, Clivey. If you are reading this - give Will a ring and invite him in out of the rain for pity's sake.
BBC Sport's TV mole and his meerkat mate

1518: "The covers came off, the sun came out on Centre, my mp3 started playing 'I can see clearly now the rain has gone'." Sarah (currently drying out on Centre) by text. Presumably now it's playing 'Here comes the rain again' - the 12-inch version.

1513: "I didn't know that... I don't play for money, I just play because I love the game. The money, I have time for." Sixteen-year-old Tamira Paszek, on being told she will pick up around $100,000 even if she loses in the next round. The wide eyes and dropping of her chin told a different story.

1507: "You just know in 2009 as the Centre Court roof is unveiled, we'll have the hottest, dryest summer on record."
Tim by text on 81111

It's raining at Wimbledon

1500: Just as the knock-up comes to an end (one of the better ones at this year's Wimbledon, it has to be said), it starts to rain again and the covers are back on.

1458: All the outside courts are uncovered and ready for play but it's just gone very dark overhead...

1453: The players are back out on Centre Court and Court One. Serena is 1-1 in her match with Daniela Hantuchova while Rafael Nadal leads Robin Soderling 6-4 4-3 with a break.


1451: "After my aberration in not providing you with a Becker fashion watch on Friday, I've caught up with him today. He is clad in a tweed jacket, which as ever looks absolutely spiffing. None of that leather flat cap nonsense today (see 1025), they simply wouldn't stand for it here. He would have had to have handed it in before being allowed through the gates, three-time champion or not."
BBC Sport's TV mole

1445: "Perhaps since Richard E Grant is teetotal, a cup of tea graphic might be more suitable? Perhaps in a nice expensive china cup."
Richard by text on 81111.

1443: The voice of Wimbledon says we'll be playing again in five minutes on the two main show courts - as long as there's no further rain.

1438: The tent has been deflated and it's straight off with the covers. The spectators are so bored with the weather that there's not even the usual ripple of applause for the green grass coming back into view.

1430: Right, it's sun AND rain now - and it's windy, too. We just need a bit of snow and fog and we'll have a full house.

1422: It's going to be one of those frustrating days - sun-rain, on-off, in-out - and another scheduling headache for the organisers. When will it all end?! Let's find out with a vote!

1418: It's stopped raining and the sun is out. And if you squint hard enough, you can see a bit of blue sky in the distance.

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon

1412: Taking cover in the Centre Court rain shelter area is none other than Richard E Grant. Our humble champagne bottle graphic seems inappropriate for such a Hollywood star - we need a magnum of champagne graphic.

1408: It's chucking it down now. The Centre Court tent is up. Just to round up a bit more of the action that has taken place: Tomas Berdych has gone through in straight sets, Lleyton Hewitt has taken an early break against Guillermo Canas, Nikolay Davydenko is also a break up on Gael Monfils while Marcos Baghdatis has taken the first set against David Nalbandian (but surely that match has five sets written all over it).

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon

1358: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was watching Henin's match earlier. The Belgian has just revealed at her post-match press conference that he is "an interesting guy". That must be worth the champagne graphic.

1355: Hmm, this time the rain looks to have got its feet under the table and is making itself at home. Still, we can console ourselves with the thought that the rain delay means the Royal Box won't miss out on any action while they're taking lunch...

1350: "Graham Poll does not justify using the celebrity graphic! I can suggest something more appropriate but it might not be suitable for the BBC."
Matt, via text on 81111

It's raining at Wimbledon

1345: Bad news, folks. It's raining. Hard.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1341: Good news, folks. British pair Richard Bloomfield and Jonny Marray have gone two sets to one up against the much-unhyped 16th seeds Fyrstenberg and Kubot.

1339: Bit of a shock on Court Three, where Tamira Paszek, at 16 the youngest player left in either of the main draws, is through to the fourth round after beating 12th seed Elena Dementieva.
Paszek beats Dementieva 3-6 6-2 6-3

1335: "Venus really earned this one, she came from the depths. I thought she was out of it."
BBC Radio Five Live analyst Jeff Tarango

The sun is out again at Wimbledon

1331: The covers are coming off Centre Court. We should be back in business pretty soon.

1327: The umbrellas are up on Court One as Venus, in her hurry to finish off the match, mistimes a ball and it flies out of the court. Morigami has chances to break but with the rain coming down, Venus manages to claw herself to victory by the width of a cigarette paper (paper jokes are now banned, as indeed are cigarettes - in the enclosed space of commentary box 4 anyway).
Williams beat Morigami 6-2 3-6 7-5

It's raining at Wimbledon

1323: It's raining on Centre Court and the covers are on. But over on Court One, Venus goes a break up and is serving for the match.

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon

1320: "Just seen ex-Premiership referee Graham Poll enjoying his retirement in the Broadcast Centre. Perhaps he is considering swapping the world of prima donna professional footballers to become an umpire dealing with, well, the petulant prima donnas on the tennis tour?"
BBC Sport's TV mole

1314: Sorry but it has to be said - Morigami's nerve was paper-thin when serving for the match. Venus broke her to love and it's back on serve. Nadal has been broken on Court 1.

1310: Serena is knocking up on Centre Court now while sis Venus is in trouble on Court Two. Morigami is serving for the match at 5-3 in the third.

1307: The Royal Box is deserted - luncheon calls. There are just two men left - maybe they're on diets. Good on Sir Clive, though - he's still out there, standing having a chat with one of the security guards.

1301: Schnyder hits a backhand that hits the ground before it reaches the net and on the next point Henin wraps victory. Nadal is a set and a break up - he's clearly in a hurry, too - although rushing for him means only bouncing the ball six times and picking at his shorts just the twice while preparing to serve.
Henin beats Schnyder 6-2 6-2

1256: The jobsworth security guard now checks Roger Federer's pass. The king of Wimbledon looks surprised as he digs around in his bag. Andy Roddick chortles.
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

Pat Cash

1251: "If Rafa is going to win this championship he's going to have to serve better than he has been, and he'll be encouraged by that first set"
BBC Radio Five Live summariser Pat Cash

1248: Henin goes a break up against Schnyder while Nadal takes the first set against Soderling. French Open finalist Ana Ivanovic has secured her place in the fourth round.
Ivanovic beats Rezai 6-3 6-2

1242: No sign of Morigami folding (sorry) against Venus Williams - the Japanese woman has levelled at one set all. Nadal is a break up against Soderling.

1238: "Maria Sharapova heads out for practice. Her progress is halted by an over-zealous security gurad who makes her show her ID before she steps on court. Shazza smirks when she realises she is practising next door to Andy Roddick - rumoured to be her ex or current boyfriend, depending on what you read."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

1234: Henin and Schnyder were practising on adjacent courts this morning - clearly Schynder didn't manage to pick up any clues on her opponent as top seed Henin has just won the first set in 31 minutes. Fourteenth Nicole Vaidisova beats Victoria Azarenka on Court 11.
Vaidisova beats Azarenka 6-4 6-2

1228: Play has got going on all the outside courts now. Happy days!

1226: First winner of the day is fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, who wraps up a straight-sets win over Agnieszka Radwanska on Court 11. She did have a headstart on the rest, leading 6-2 4-3.
Kuznetsova beats Radwanska 6-2 6-3

1224: "Not much action down at Aorangi where the practice courts are still drying out so the players are indoors. Hang on, there's Nathalie Dechy skipping. Good times!"
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

1218: "Nalbandian v Baghdatis has been moved to the backwaters of Court 11 where there's about five park benches for spectators, so if you've got a ground pass today you could do a lot worse than watch that one."
BBC Radio Five Live tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend

1213: Henin is two breaks up on Centre Court before they've even got their tracksuits off on Court One.

1207: As well as Henin, who breaks Schnyder immediately, we have Nadal, Venus, Ivanovic, Kuznetsova and Vaidisova in action. It's all go here.

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
1202: Schnyder wins the first point of the day on Centre against Henin, under the watchful gaze from the royal box of Sir Clive Woodward, sporting wraparound shades, and former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, who unfortunately is not sporting shades, wraparound or otherwise. He might be regretting that, the sun has got his hat on and is officially out to play.

1155: We can see tennis players! Justine Henin and Patty Schnyder step gingerly onto Centre Court and we could be in for some action, if only a knock-up.

1150: "The anti-bomb measures that gave me the willies when I arrived this morning, namely huge concrete barriers outside all the gates, are apparently soon to be painted Wimbledon green. Got to admire the attention to detail here, they really do think of everything."
BBC Sport's TV mole

1138: "Re: Freebies (1132 entry), the free stuff hasn't been all that bad, I got two types of juice, water, apple and suncream. Not a yoghurt in sight! Having said that, I got a croissant and jam one year so standards have certainly slipped!"
From MissSospanFach on 606

1138: The soothing voice of Wimbledon (see 1115 entry) returns and informs us that the covers will be coming off soon. And so they do.

The view from the fans
1132: "I agree with Moley (see 1100 entry), the freebies on offer this year are just not up to scratch. While last year waiting in the queue I was bombarded with all sorts of delicious delights, this year it was pots and pots of yoghurt... there is only so much yoghurt you can eat at 7am. Sort it out!"
From ToonfanKatie on 606

1125: "Re: 1115 - The Voice of Wimbledon? That sounds a bit dark and mysterious to me, like the Eye of Sauron. Christopher Lee would make a good Voice of Wimbledon.
From shoinan on 606

It's raining at Wimbledon
1115: The voice of Wimbledon has just pushed the earliest start time back to 1145 BST. Today, apparently.

1114: We've just heard that Boris Becker and Eric Jelen have withdrawn from the Gentlemen's Invitation Doubles. They are claiming it is down to illness on Jelen's part, but coming so soon after the website vote (see 1025 entry) we have our doubts.

It's raining at Wimbledon
1106: The umbrellas remain up around Centre Court and there is not much chance of play at 1130 BST.

1103: Voting is closed (see 1025 entry) and it's heartwarming to see how the tennis community has rallied around Boris at this time. His decision to sport a cap to Sunday's Diana concert has been heralded as "brave" on our website vote. Having said that, 27% of you think it was a disaster and 25% a triumph, so it's clearly a contentious issue.

1100: And as if by magic....... "Anyone who has been to Wimbledon will know that on the walk from Southfields tube station to the grounds you normally get deluged with a pile of free stuff. Last year you couldn't walk five yards without having a chocolate bar or a smoothie shoved under your nose by a mildly attractive promotions girl. This year couldn't be more different. Two yoghurts in seven days is all I've snaffled - which I'm appalled at. Any marketing execs (blue chip companies preferred) reading this, stop faffing and get some minions down here to dish out some goodies. Failing that please send any freebies direct to The Mole, BBC Sport broom cupboard, Wimbledon.

1050: "Grrrrrrr, no play. Looks like we will have to look forward to an afternoon which may as well be renamed, "The Life and Times of the BBC Mole." Boy do I hate rain...
From jackynwa on 606 (tell us about it, you should see the stuff we leave out)

1047: "Spotted deep in conversation at Gate 13 - Andy Murray's former coach Mark Petchey and former LTA head of performance Jeremy Bates. Were they discussing that current hot topic, the moribund state of British tennis? Er, no. They were chatting about their chances in their respective veterans' matches."
BBC Sport's Sophie Brown at Wimbledon

1040: The voice of Wimbledon tells us there will be no play before 1130 BST at the earliest.

It's raining at Wimbledon
1032: The tent is erected over Centre Court and players and fans rush for cover on the outside courts as the groundstaff do their thing - it's raining. According to a colleague it's different rain to other days - "more slanty". It's starting to get to us.

Boris Becker and John McEnroe
Boris Becker and John McEnroe at Wembley Stadium on Sunday
1025: To follow up an earlier (0902) entry, here's a picture of Boris Becker and John McEnroe on stage at yesterday's Diana concert at Wembley Stadium. Clearly the pair did not ring each other beforehand to co-ordinate outfits, although Boris did go the extra mile with the addition of a cap. There's only one thing for it - vote time!

Someone is having a tantrum at Wimbledon
1018: "First strop of the day comes at Gate 3 where Ben is refusing to remove the Wimbledon queue sticker which he has stuck on his forehead and his mum says looks "plain silly".
BBC Sport's Sophie Brown at Wimbledon

1009: "Djokovic is demonstrating some expert ball juggling skills on Court 9 as coach Mark Woodforde looks on. At the other end of the court is fellow Serb Janko Tipsarevic and they're providing a running commentary of their practice session until the crowds arrive."
BBC Sport's Sophie Brown at Wimbledon

1000: The gates are open and in flood the punters, with quite a few stopping by at Court 9 where Novak Djokovic is getting in some early practice. He's up second on Court 2 against Nicolas Kiefer.

0950: "Much as I hate to put a dampener on the cheery mood of this commentary, The Sun newspaper predicts this morning that summer will last ONE DAY (gotta love those tabloid capitals). The big day for sun lovers is 15 July, apparently. Still, good news for Wimbledon organisers if, as seems likely, the tournament it still going by then."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

0941: "I'm not going to lie to you, I was incredibly glad of not having to come to Wimbledon yesterday as I was suffering from Mole fatigue. However, a trip to the laundrette and prolonged exposure to the Diana concert yesterday left me gagging for a return to SW19. So here we are again, skies are grey, I've had my obligatory intrusive body search and I'm ready to roll. New balls please! Let's get this show on the road."
A rejuvenated BBC Sport Mole

0930: "I'm concerned for Nadal, three matches in three days AND Federer gets a bye. Is there no justice in the world??"
From Heidi via text

0922: Remember John Virgo's side-splitting impressions of his fellow snooker players? Well, tennis has its very own Virgo in 20-year-old Novak Djokovic, who spent much of his practice time at Queen's mocking his fellow players' service actions. His Hewitt is particularly good....

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
0909: In the fantasy world of commentary box 4, where it never rains, we're looking forward to catch-up Monday. Kick off is at 1100 BST and those who have shunned work for a day at the All England Club will get to see Henin, Nadal, Venus, Ivanovic, Kuznetsova, Berdych and Vaidisova in the first set of matches alone. There are at least four matches scheduled for each court and a feast of singles, doubles and junior matches. And while the covers are across on Centre Court, it's actually quite bright at the moment.

Boris Becker
0902: "Boris Becker and John McEnroe introduced Bryan Ferry at the concert for Diana on Sunday dressed in matching black leather jackets and black shirts. Becker was a little aggressive if anything. The three-time Wimbledon champion said: 'He has set standards in taste and cool that no one else could rival - we welcome Bryan Ferry!' Hmmmm.
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt not at Wimbledon (but who went to see Bryan Ferry in concert recently so is clearly a fan).

It's raining at Wimbledon
0854: Nine minutes! That's how long we get before the covers are brought across a deserted Centre Court. It's barely raining, if at all, but we might as well get the graphic up now.

0850: The official weather forecast goes for an "80% risk of showers, likely to be heavy at times with a risk of thunder, easing by early evening perhaps". John Kettley is a weatherman, as the Tribe of Toffs pointed out in their 1988 single. He's just been on the excellent Radio Wimbledon and the only word that stuck out is "mayhem". Crumbs.

0845: Morning all. It seems like only yesterday we were sitting on Centre Court giving weather updates, but it wasn't. It was the day before. Having enjoyed an afternoon of bright sunshine in south London on Sunday, it's back to normal today. A bright, blustery and humid start to the day is already turning gloomy.

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