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Last Updated: Monday, 2 July 2007, 13:51 GMT 14:51 UK
Wimbledon defends Sunday decision
Wimbledon Centre Court
The temporarily roofless Centre Court has seen plenty of rain
Wimbledon tournament referee Andrew Jarrett has defended the decision not to play matches on the middle Sunday.

Bad weather has left the tournament behind schedule, with over 100 matches planned for Monday but rain forecast.

"On Saturday morning we were absolutely where we wanted to be from a singles point of view," Jarrett told BBC London's Chris Dennis.

"Saturday itself was bad but it takes a long time to set up a middle Sunday here," he added.

"I think we'd have needed to be in substantially worse shape to have gone for a middle Sunday."

Play has only taken place three times on the middle Sunday - in 1991, 1997 and 2004.

"A lot of people go into contingency plans for middle Sunday and indeed for third Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - as many days as necessary to complete the tournament," said Jarrett.

"They're all done back in the winter, so there's nothing further done in the first week to add to that, other than to simply say 'do we need to action this or not?'"

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And looking ahead to another possible week of wet weather, Jarrett remained positive.

"I actually can't worry about it, simply because it's something we can't control," said Jarrett.

"All we can do is look ahead in terms of forecasts for the next 24 hours and act at the maximum capacity, which we're doing.

"We've got 11am starts even on Centre and Court One, we can do no more.

"At some stage we have to hope for a break in the weather and let's get through some matches and assess each day as it comes."

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