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By Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
2050: It's all a bit gloomy out there but that doesn't stop Britain's Ross Hutchins and his Aussie partner Stephen Huss taking a two sets to one lead out on Court Five. And that's where we'll leave it today. Many thanks for your company on an opening day of sunshine and easy wins all round - except you David Nalbandian. See you bright and early tomorrow.

Mole
2045: Breaking news from the BBC Sport mole. Teddy Sheringham and his bevvy of beauties are still at Court 18 frantically searching for something - a wedding ring perhaps? - with the help of about 10 security guards. Incredible scenes.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
2032: Alona Bondarenko looks a very relieved woman as she trudges to the net to shake hands with Mel South. She's a 6-3 6-7 6-4 winner but by golly, she knows she's been in a battle against our Mel. So two Brits down today. Seven remain.

2028: David Nalbandian is out, beaten 6-4 6-2 6-4 by Canadian Frank Dancevic. That is our first major shock of the tournament ladies and gents. Fat Dave was the seventh seed and is of course a former finalist.

2027: Mel South does what Brits do best by putting up a plucky battle in the face of almost certain defeat. She saves four match points - two with whalloping backhand winners - but Bondarenko will serve for the match at 5-4.

2021: It's late in the day on Centre Court and just a smattering of fans remain to watch this humdrum ladies singles match. Impressively, though, there is one remaining soul in the Royal Box, sitting among the abandoned panama hats. She's awake as well you know.

Mole
2014: "Teddy is sat a mere five yards away from me - sadly separated by a 15ft drop and a sheet of glass. If he was any closer I'd lean over and try and hug him. One of the all time greats, used to have a Sheringham number 10 shirt, wish I'd brought it with me. Tsk. Anyway he's loving this match - mind you if I was sat next the brunette he has brought with him I'd be absolutely delighted with my lot. A sort of the highest order."
BBC Sport mole

2007: "I was behind a very tanned Jo Durie in the queue for food at the media centre. She had strawberries and cream and a nice cup of tea. How very British."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

1957: If it's an upset you're after, look no further than Court One. Former finalist and seventh seed David Nalbandian is now two sets and a break down against Canada's Frank Dancevic. Cripes. Ivo Karlovic's horror run at Wimbledon continues. The man who may as well change his name permanently to include the words 'big-serving' has gone out to Simon Stadler, his fourth straight defeat at SW19. Bogdanovic-like form.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1951: Not for former England striker Teddy Sheringham the luxury surroundings of the hospitality areas. Teddy's only mixing it with the hoi-polloi on Court 18, sitting with a mystery brunette. Sheringham appears to have inspired Mel South though. Our plucky Brit has levelled her match against Alona Bondarenko at one set all. Come on England!

1943: Marat Safin completes a surprisingly stress-free win over Fabio Fognini. His next round may not be quite so easy... he's got world number three Novak Djokovic.

1934: Great news for David Ferrer fans. Terrible news for Sergiy Stakhovsky fans. Ferrer is through to the second round after Stakhovsky retires. The Ukrainian hurt his arm when he took a tumble and he's unable to continue. Ferrer was 7-6 6-3 1-3 up at the time. Brit Mel South was a break up in the second set against Alona Bondarenko. She's not anymore.

1924: And as one former finalist steps out onto Centre, another is in a bit of bother over on Court One. David Nalbandian - or Fat Dave as he is sometimes cruelly nicknamed (not by me, Dave, not by me) - is a set and a break down against Frank Dancevic.

1919: Centre Court is done for the day as Agnieszka Radwanska - fresh from winning the title at Eastbourne on Saturday - wraps up a comprehensive 6-3 6-0 over Iveta Benesova. But wait... there's a bonus match for today's lucky ticket-holders. And what a bonus! Last year's finalist Marion Bartoli against Sabine Lisicki. Cracking stuff.

1911: Sheesh, I can't say I'm all that surprised Fabio Fognini is struggling against Marat Safin. He's just played one of the worst attempts at a passing shot I've ever seen. Good name though. You'd never guess he was Italian.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1907: It is with absolutely no pleasure at all that I bring out the 'Brit down' graphic. Mel South drops the first set against Ukrainian Alona Bondarenko - who is the 28th seed lest we forget.

1856: If you didn't catch it earlier, I recommend you head over to today's picture gallery on the BBC website for a look at Serena Williams wearing a trench coat. Just for the record, she actually warmed up in it. Here's her chat: "It's kind of retro inspired. I just love coats and it's just a great fabric and a great material and it moves well. It's really nice. I really like it. It's definitely not athletic attire. But it's ladylike, and I'm very ladylike. It goes perfect with my personality and everything else. It's perfect for me."
Day one photos

1842: It's all going swimmingly for Marat Safin, which can only mean disaster is just round the corner. The moody Russian is a set and a break to the good. Lleyton Hewitt is through to the second round after a five-set ding-dong with Ruud van Robin Haase.

1839: And yet more reason to cheer. Apparently, Alex Bogdanovic's woeful 0-7 record at Wimbledon is not the worst ever. Patricio Cornejo of Chile holds that dubious honour, having lost eight times in the first round. So there.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1834: "The buntings gone up in the production office, I've got changed into my Union Jack boxer shorts and people are starting to hum Rule Britannia as our own Mel South is on court 18 outside our window. She's up against Alona Bondarenko. Clouds have suddenly come over, is this an omen? Probably."
BBC Sport mole

1829: BBC Radio 5 Live correspondent Jonathan Overend reports that Bogdanovic's LTA funding is about to be withdrawn. Boggo, it should be pointed out, claims to know nothing about that. But here's Overend: "The LTA has gone on record as saying Brad Gilbert's contract will expire after the US Open. It's my understanding that Bogdanovic won't be receiving any further assistance from the LTA towards his coaching. An awful lot of investment has been made since a very young age, he has got through more coaches than virtually any other player the country has ever had. The Brad Gilbert experiment hasn't worked - it's been a ridiculous waste of money - and with seven matches and seven defeats he is unlikely to get another wildcard at Wimbledon."

1823: Alex Bogdanovic is facing the press. You would never guess from his demeanour that he had just suffered his seventh straight Wimbledon defeat - against a very beatable player. Here's his thoughts on his partnership with Brad Gilbert: "I don't think we expected to get better results. They're not going to come in a few months. It's just a matter of time until I get back to where I was and break the top 100. If I put in the effort I did today I don't see why I can't be a top 100 player."

1816: Lleyton Hewitt is in full "c'maaaawn" mode over on Court One as he scampers across the baseline and sticks a forehand past Ruud van Nistelrooy-alike Robin Haase. The Aussie is a break up in the fifth.

1811: "Is anyone going to mention Boggo to the obviously deranged AJT_1989 at 1636? I thought the Hiddink/Rushden comment (see 1534) was a little unfair on Rushden."
Anon via text on 81111

1807: Upset averted. Novak Djokovic overcomes a second-set blip to move into round two after a 7-5 2-6 6-3 6-0 win. The Djoker gets a huge ovation from the Centre Court crowd. Popular man.

Mole
1756: "Just been over to the practice courts. Whilst there I found my self gazing enviously at Rafael Nadal's guns. I would do anything for guns like that, apart from actually putting myself through it, going to a gym for the first ever time and pumping some serious iron. He called one of his team over as he seemed to have a problem with his left index finger. The problem was so great that he turned down a photo with a fan until it was solved. Once happy, he smiled cheesily and all was fine. What a lovely young man he is."
BBC Sport mole

1747: This is no time to sink into depression, Brit fans. Melanie South is in action later. She's up against Alona Bondarenko, the older of the Bondarenko sisters. She has one cat called Pers and likes Russian pop music and playing chess.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1743: Sigh. In the time it takes me to tell the man to my left that Boggo is a mini-break up, Boggo is a mini-break down in the tiebreak. He loses the last four points and the Brit remains without a win at Wimbledon in seven attempts.

1737: Well, Boggo may well have the talent of a top 50 player but I'm not sure there's much else in the locker. Having wasted set points in the first set, he repeats the trick in the fourth and it's now into a tiebreak...

1725: "I know it's only the first day, but there has been a lot of emphasis on the tennis today. Where is the BBC mole with some useless gossip!"
Theboylower, bored at work, via text on 81111
Almost makes you long for the rain...

1720: Fourth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova avoids a massive upset over on Court Two, beating Mathilde Johansson 6-7 7-6 6-3. Boggo is at the business end of the fourth set - a set he must win. He needs to channel the spirit of Baltacha here...

1714: Well, Patty will have plenty of time to put the finishing touches on her spicy autobiography. Schnyder - the number 12 seed - is gone, beaten by Aussie Casey Dellacqua. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic has lost the second set against Michael Berrer. The Centre Court crowd decide now is a good time to launch a Mexican wave. It's not.

Boris Becker
1707: "What's Boris wearing?" says Col via text on 81111. Becker, you will remember, lifted the gloom at last year's rain-soaked with a series of frankly outrageous 1920s-inspired outfits. This year? He's wearing a very sober dark suit. Disappointing.

1654: "Re Schnyder's book (see 1620): The content is apparently very controversial, which may be why she has delayed the release. Wouldn't be surprised to see her her bring it out when she retires (next year?) so that she can avoid a bit of flak in the dressing room."
Rafa fan on 606
I can't wait.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1651: Ah, forget the tiebreak. Berrer's nerve failed him in the end, dropping serve at 5-6 to hand The Djoker the set. Boggo is now two sets to one down against Simone Bolelli, a man looking for his second ever win on grass. Unless you count his first-round win at Queen's this year, when his opponent retired at 2-2. Which I don't.

1645: Kuzy is hanging on in there. The Russian takes the second set against Mathilde Johansson 7-5. That one's going the distance. Novak Djokovic is finding Michael Berrer a bit troublesome and they're heading for a first-set tiebreak. Meanwhile, Ana Ivanovic is talking 19 to the dozen in her post-match press conference, as is the Serb's style. She's happy, is the jist.

1636: "Re 1612: Bogdanovic has all the talent to be top 50 at least, that jibe was inaccurate, let alone unneccessary."
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1631: Lleyton Hewitt is back on track over on Court One at a set all against Robin Haase. It's not getting any easier for Svetlana Kuznetsova though. She's is flirting with defeat on Court Two, the graveyard of champions.

1628: Britain's Elena Baltacha - who earlier triumphed in three sets - reports that she's had to give up pizza as part of her new diet. "I'm really gutted," she says. "Pepperoni's my favourite."

1620: Patty Schnyder is in action on Court Six. Schnyder was meant to bring out her autobiography this year but I've not heard anything about it. It was called 'White Mile' and promised to tell the "untold truth". I even heard talk of a film in the pipeline. Any Schnyder fans out there who can fill me in?

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1612: Good heavens. No doubt spurred on by my cruel jibe (see 1534), Boggo wins the second set against Simone Bolelli and we're all square. Terrific!

1605: "I dunno if it was the right decision for Lleyton to play with the injured hip. He isn't looking good at all. Painful to watch as a fan."
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1557: Yikes. A double shock on the cards. Former champion Lleyton Hewitt is a set down against big-hitting Dutchman Robin Haase, likewise fourth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova against Mathilde Johansson. Elsewhere, Fernando Gonzalez is safely through in straights and Boggo is on serve against Bolelli in the second set. Novak Djokovic about to open up against Michael Berrer.
Live - Djokovic v Berrer

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1558: "I just literally bumped into German midfielder Didi Hamman, wearing a sky-blue polo shirt in the colours of Man City. He and his wife are both big tennis fans apparently. So much so that he didn't want to hang around for a longer chat."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

1553: "On Court 15 to see my nemesis A-Pav (see 1000 entry) beat Alize Cornet. Team A-Pav is very happy. Maybe they're right and nothing can stop her."
BBC Sport's Piers Newbery

1543: I can't wait to hear what lyrics wannabe rapper Vinny Spadea will spit after this defeat. The American goes down 6-7 6-7 6-3 6-4 6-3 to former Aussie Open champion Thomas Johansson. Still, inspiration often comes from the bad times, eh Vinny? Meanwhile Ana Ivanovic completes a 6-1 6-2 spanking of Rossana de los Rios. Paraguay's interest in the ladies singles is over...

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1540: "MotoGP wonderkid Jorge Lorenzo is here to watch some tennis and just has been in our production office to press some flesh. Not too hard though as he's just had a skin graft from his wrist to patch up his damaged fingers. Yuck. I just nodded in his direction instead. Check out our own MotoGP mole Matt Roberts who tells all about Lorenzo's Bruce Lee musings after the British GP this weekend. It's all a load of zen mumbo jumbo about 'be water, my friend'. Clearly a very deep young man."
BBC Sport mole
Matt Robert's MotoGP column

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1534: Boggo woe. Watched by coach Brad Gilbert, the Brit roars into a 2-0 lead in the first-set breaker against Simone Bolelli but ends up losing it 7-4. I'm trying to think of a football equivalent of the Gilbert/Boggo combination. I'm thinking Guus Hiddink/Rushden and Diamonds...

1529: Here's more from Fed on what they're now calling cardie-gate. "Two jackets were enough. It was like 'let's move on', but the jacket might be back next year. We thought something different would be nice. The result's nice - and I've got a belt this year too. It's nice. It's easier to wear than the jacket to be honest." Nice.

1526: "There was a delicious moment just then when it looked as though Boggo was going to win a set and Karlovic was going to get broken in his second service game. Presumably if both had happened then the little green men would have been arriving fairly soon afterwards..."
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Someone is having a tantrum at Wimbledon
1520: "Racquet graphic! Vince is fuming over on Court Six when he's broken in the fifth set and takes it out on the bat. Vince is an absolute turmoil, screaming at the sky. I am a bit afraid of him (see 1032)."
BBC Sport's Piers Newbery

1517: "Re 1459: I don't know about Argentina, but my Ecuadorian boyfriend has a sister called Wendy and nephews called Justin, Kevin and Roger. And if we have a son he wants to call him Geoffrey. It's not happening."
Emily in Birmingham via text on 81111

1514: Master tactician Fernando Gonzalez, a quarter-finalist in 2005, is now two sets up on Robby Ginepri. Ana Ivanovic is hammering Rossana de los Rios in front of me. Thomas Johansson has launched a magnificent fightback against Vinny Spadea and they're into a fifth set. Bogdanovic and Bolelli are still on serve at the business end of the first set.

1506: Roger's arrived for his post-match press conference, still wearing that cardie. Doesn't he know this is British summertime? "I was expecting a tougher match today, but I know he's struggling with his elbow. It was fun to play him," says Fed.

1459: If Piers were still here, you almost certainly wouldn't be hearing about Feliciano Lopez's win over on Court 7. The Spaniard caught my eye - as indeed he always does - as I strolled past earlier. Mmmm. Anyway, he's beaten Argentina's Brian Dabul. Is Brian a popular name in Argentina?

1454: Piers is off for a well-earned break and no doubt some kind of chocolate-based snack. As he departs, Marcos Baghdatis wraps up a four-set win over Belgian Steve Darcis. Is Steve a popular name in Belgium? Just wondering...

By Piers Newbery at Wimbledon

1445: Breaking news - French Open semi-finalist and former Wimbledon junior winner Gael Monfils has withdrawn with a shoulder injury. No matter, we have Alex Bogdanovic to lift our spirits. He is up against Simone Bolelli on Britain's lucky Court 11. Juan Carlos Ferrero has seen off Sam Querrey - good win for JCF - and Baghdatis is almost there against Steve Darcis. And in front of me on Centre, Ana Ivanovic and Rossana de los Rios.

Boris Becker
1439: "The best player here for the last five years has been Roger and it's going to be very hard to beat him this year, in my opinion."
Boris Becker on BBC One

1434: Federer explains the Hrbaty seat confusion to Barry Davies on BBC One. "It was a special moment because we've know each other for so long and he said it might be his last Wimbledon."

1429: Hang on, Dominik Hrbaty is getting such a thrashing that he sits down right next to Federer for the entire changeover with a big grin on hs face, to the delight of the crowd. Federer looks a bit nonplussed, to be honest. All slightly odd. Anyway, Federer wraps things up in the next game and Hrbaty has guaranteed himself a slot in the end-of-tournament TV highlights.

Mole
1427: "Re Wimbledon preparations (see 1355), I attempted to play a hugely competitive (and invented on the spot game) that was a cross between tennis/cricket in a park yesterday. I'm calling it 'Tenket' or 'Crickis'. Really got me in the mood for SW19, despite having to use children's equipment, getting out to a girl and nearly vomiting after running furiously between the wickets/baseline. I can also confirm a stag do to Dublin is a highly inadvisable Wimbledon warm-up judging by the state of Piers. He still has the remnants of a Guinness moustache. Ugly."
BBC Sport mole

1425: Federer is rolling along nicely on Centre Court at two sets and 4-1 up, and Serena Williams is one game from victory on Court One, so we're not far off seeing Ana Ivanovic and Lleyton Hewitt. Not against each other, obviously. And well done Juan Carlos Ferrero, who has recovered from a set down to lead big-serving American Sam Querrey by a break in the fourth.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1415: Baltacha fights back from 0-40 down to hold serve in a titanic game and move 6-5 clear in the final set against Angelique Kerber. She then misses two match points in the following game before taking it with a net cord. Well done Britain! Who needs Tim, eh?

1404: Enough of this nonsense about games and sets and stuff, if you're on the web and want to get a look at Roger's new cardigan you can do so on our picture gallery which can be accessed from this page. There's also a nice shot of Serena in a large overcoat, shielding her from the fierce British sun.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1357: Baltacha is back in it at 4-4 in the decider against Angelique Kerber. Federer takes the second set against Dominik Hrbaty, and Serena takes the first against Kaia Kanepi.

1355: "In case you're wondering how stars prepare, last night i saw ivo karlo at a thai restaurant on the kings road. He had duck followed by ice cream."
From Adam, London, via text on 81111 (In case you're wondering how I prepared, I went to Dublin on a stag weekend. Not advisable)

1350: Oh dear, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (see 1000 entry) is about to start against Alize Cornet. Stay tuned for one update when it's finished.

1344: Uh-oh. Baltacha is the first to crack and Angelique Kerber goes 4-2 clear in the decider. I refuse to be cowed though and will not put up the 'Brits down' graphic. Yet.

141: "Re: 1235 steven from edinburgh. How about 10,000 to 1 on them both to reach round 2?"
From Andrew, B.Stortford, via text on 81111

1335: Roger Federer, unsurprisingly, takes the first set against Domink Hrbaty. The real action is on Court 11, where Elena Baltacha and Angelique Kerber are battling away on serve in the deciding set. And those on Court Three are now enjoying Robby Ginepri against Fernando 'Gonzo' Gonzalez.

1330: "Think someone should warn Sue to be careful on that new chair of hers, looks like she is on abit of a slope!!"
From Kate, Witney, via text on 81111

1330: "Re 1318, just sunglasses?"
From Paul via text on 81111 (No Paul, not just sunglasses)

The view from the fans
1324: "Spirits are high in the new queue, which is on the golf course opposite the All England Club rather than along Church Road. Plenty of shade, no traffic, lots of toilets and refreshment stands galore to keep the punters happy. Not such good news if you are ticketless and on your way - you won't get in until late afternoon now. The queue is moving very slowly and the grounds are almost full, according to an official. His advice? Turn up before 0930 BST on Tuesday and you'll be in by 1200."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

1318: The Baltacha rollercoaster, er, rolls on. Angelique Kerber levels at one set all on Court 11. Juan Carlos Ferrero has levelled against Sam Querrey, while Marcos Baghdatis is two sets clear of Steve Darcis. And Serena Williams is out and about on Court One, big hair battling to be freed from a headband and plenty of bling in the jewellery department. She's playing Kaia Kanepi. Who's wearing sunglasses.

1309: Our colleagues at 5 Live have already been out and about with their cameras and, if you're on the web, you can follow the link here. It's only fair to warn you that you may see a new - and not entirely called for - side to Pat Cash.

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1306: "The list of who is in the Royal Box has arrived. No need to crack open the celebrity graphic just yet, although Sir Jackie Stewart, Richard Krajicek and Fed's mummy Lynette are in. Apart from that all that's left is to snigger childishly at some humorously named toffs."
BBC Sport mole (Definitely worth a graphic)

1300: Oh my goodness, he really is wearing a cardigan. Federer comes out to huge applause. If you want detailed coverage of his match with Hrbaty then Tom Fordyce, making his SW19 debut, can take you through that one elsewhere on the website. It's a proper, chunky old cardigan you know.

1257: The dream is over already for Zuzana Ondraskova. Nicole Vaidiosova wraps up the first win of the fortnight 6-2 6-2, which hopefully will giver her terrible season a kick-start. Excitement on Centre as the line judges come out in the same Gatsbyesque outfits as last year.

1251: "Is it just me or does murraymania seem a bit subdued this year? Never mind cavaday/bogdanovic. I'd put money on AM getting further than he has before!"
From Dominique via text on 81111

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1249: It's a Bally miracle - the former British number one recovers from a break down to take the first set against Angelique Kerber, 6-3. And Zuzana Ondraskova is racing towards the exit at 6-2 4-1 down against Nicole Vaidisova.

1244: "Set point Vinny but he shanks the return out of Court Six and straight to Cheese fielding at mid-off. I ain't afraid aya Spadea."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese

1240: Evgeniya Rodina takes the lead in the 'who will be the first person knocked out of Wimbledon' competition by losing the first set 6-0 against Virginie Razzano. Meanwhile, Centre Court is suddenly filling up ahead of the arrival of Roger Federer in around 20 minutes.

1235: "Re 1205 entry - I'll take that bet and give you odds of 2 billion to 1."
From Steven, Edinburgh via text on 81111

1232: "I just got jostled by someone trying to get to Bogdanovic for an autograph. Ugly. Meanwhile, world number five David Ferrer wanders past unnoticed. Wimbledon is strange."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1229: Baltacha is back on serve! And they were writing her off... Meanwhile, Nicole Vaidisova has made a strong start out on Court 19.

Mole
1224: "Just been watching number two seed Jelena Jankovic charm and all sundry on the roof of the media centre, what a lovely young lady - no wonder Jamie Murray was drooling all over her like a puppy last year. She scrubbed up pretty well in her civvies for a TV appearance, defo potential to be the new Sue Barker. Not for a long while yet though, Sue still rules the roost."
BBC Sport mole

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1218: It's early days around the outside courts but we already have enormous American Sam Querrey 2-0 up against the fading force that is Juan Carlos Ferrero. Meanwhile, Britain's sporting summer continues its traditional trajectory as Elena Baltacha slips 2-0 down against Angelique Kerber on Court 11. Come on Tim!

Sue Barker
1210: Sue Barker is on air! Wimbledon is officially under way, with Tim Henman and John McEnroe holding court, as it were. Tim's gone for a pink shirt, in true south west London style, while Mac is wearing the traditional garb of an American abroad - a 'bold' check.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1205: "Have been looking for an outsider to bet on. Both Bogdanovic to win the mens and cavaday the womens ive found at 10,000 to 1. Worth a tenner!"
From Andrew, B.Stortford via text on 81111

1201: "There's something very disturbing about the phrase man/mole (see 1039 entry). But I can't quite put my finger on it...."
From Catt, London, via text on 81111

1159: Marcos Baghdatis walks onto Court Two to a very British and genteel ripple of applause. The Cypriot is up against Belgian Steve Darcis, which may account for the fact that the stands are half empty at the moment. They will fill up in the next few minutes though. Most of the spectators appear to be adjusting hats, rooting around for sunglasses or applying suntan lotion.

1147: Venus Williams leaves after her practice session to a shout of "I love you Venus!", which she wisely chooses to ignore. Anyway, she looks pretty relaxed - still got her luggage tag on her racquet bag though. And Maria Sharapova is causing all sorts of distraction as she bends over to put on a new pair of trainers. She has no time to talk to the BBC but is very nice about it."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt

Mole
1140: "Surely your undercover reporter should be a Womble rather than a mole? That would surely be a far more subtle disguise for wimbledon."
From Alastair, Preston, via text on 81111 (And so it begins...)

1137: "Another Wimbledon, another chance to stalk Rafael Nadal. Down at the practice courts, he's looking very good as he practices chip and charge with large plaster supports on both knees. On closer inspection, he's also wearing a t-shirt with his own picture on the back."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt

1130: The sun is belting down, Radio Wimbledon is pumping the unlikely sound of Shakira and Wycleff around the grounds, and BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese has just brought me a tuna baguette. Life simply gets no better than this. Although it does because in half an hour we get to see Vince Spadea in action.

1120: "BBC Radio 5 Live commentator and former tennis bad boy Jeff Tarango and a couple of umpires have a quick natter outside Centre. All seems friendly enough but they seem pleased he's here to commentate and not play. The parting shot is, "Keep it fair Jeff." I'm sure he will.
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

Greg Rusedski
1111: Where there is a Tim, so there must also be a Greg. Rusedski will presumably be showing new-boy Henman around the Broadcast Centre like it's the first day of school today. And while Tim is backing Federer to take the title this year, Greg says, "I think Nadal is seriously ready to win the men's singles and has to be the slight favourite going into the tournament.

"I would like to see Federer face Djokovic in his semi so, if Nadal's fresh without the tough schedule he had last year, he can go all the way as he really is the real deal." Hope he doesn't try and nick Tim's lunch money.

1104: "Piers I have just ordered a new tent for this years 4 day queue stint.... Exciting!"
From Heidi via text on 81111

1053: "Fed's cameo on Court 17 is over. Cue the clicks of 100 mobile phone cameras as he turns his cap the right way round, poses for some snaps with the ballboys, signs a few dozen autographs and makes his exit."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

1048: "Andy M for the semis. I know that means Rafa will have gone - but i predict his amazing 'purple patch' will come to an end by round 4."
From Phil, Baker St, via text on 81111

1042: "Plenty of people are already in their seats on the outside courts and some players are also out and about. A bit of a buzz about Court 17 and some investigation reveals it's Fed knocking up and practising his return of serve - which ain't looking half bad."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

1042: "Re Pavlyuchenkova (see 10000 entry) - We could shorten it to Pavlova."
From Colin in Brighton via text on 81111 (Very much the frontrunner so far. She has "a champion's charisma" you know)

Mole
1039: "The cheek of calling me dishevelled (see 0945 entry). Hello all. I'm your man/mole on the ground at the Wimbledon Broadcast Centre and for some reason I've been charged with the task of bringing you all the gossip and news from the mad, bad world of the media area. * Warning, most of it will be thoroughly inane. All the BBC commentators have arrived and are now deep in a high-powered meeting including Sir Tim, which is all extremely exciting. P.S. see I haven't got the new graphic I asked for, can I have a word with someone about this?"
BBC Sport mole

1032: While the two main show courts get under way at 1300 BST, play on the outside courts starts an hour earlier at 1200 BST, and there's some good stuff to kick us of. Smiley Marcos Baghdatis will hope to start strongly against Steve Darcis on Court Two, British fans should head for Court 11 and Elena Baltacha against Angelique Kerber, Nicola Vaidisova wll get plenty of attention on Court 19 as she desperately looks for some form, and I reckon Thomas Johansson and Vince "I ain't afraid aya" Spadea will be entertaining on Court Six

1027: While the old-style roof has returned to Centre Court there have been a few noticeable changes in the last 12 months, one of which is the new scoreboard that can carry video highlights and Hawkeye decisions. It's massive. What would dear old six-time champion William Renshaw (see 0850 entry) think, eh? Apparently they didn't even have telly then.

1019: Of course the real battle at Wimbledon is which of the women will be crowned queen of the tabloids. Long-time favourite Maria Sharapova has real competition this year and a mournful Sun carries the headline "Shaz shuns pin-up tag" on page 50. Maybe because of this, new world number one Ana Ivanovic gets on the front page to advertise their "Perfect tens of tennis" feature. However, no decision has been made yet as both Ivanovic and Sharapova get a "strawberry fruitiness rating" of five out of five.

1012: "If you're coming out of Southfields tube station, look out for the 16-stone man sweating profusely in a luminous yellow Chelsea away shirt by a sign that reads: "Taxi's (sic) to Wimbledon". He also has a megaphone, so be warned."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce

1008: "When is Andy Roddick playing? Im not a Murray fan!"
From Stephanie, Scotland, via text on 81111 (Disgraceful. And Roddick will be on tomorrow)

1000: I knew this day would come. Former junior world number one and text-based commentator's nightmare, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, has made the main draw as the youngest qualifier. The Russian will be acquiring a vey short nickname if she progresses far into the tournament. According to the statement from her media people, "Nothing can stop Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova."

Mole
0945: Great news. The BBC Sport mole has just arrived, looking as dishevelled as ever, and will be furnishing us with behind-the-scenes gossip and titbits just as soon as he's worked out how to turn his computer on. The accompanying graphic, for those of you new to us, is meant to represent a mole.

0938: And the official Wimbledon weather forecast is in: "A dry, bright and sunny day with some cloud turnig the sunshine rather hazy at times." And for Tuesday? "A similar day in propsect tomorrow with good hazy sunshine and remaining dry." Damn that hazy sunshine.

0930: For those of you already having Henman withdrawal symptoms, the BBC's newest recruit has been enjoying the less glamorous side of the media process by conducting his first ever interview. He spoke to Andy Murray.

My first interview was a vox pop in Carshalton about chocolate.

0920: Sharapova on her new Wimbledon look: ""I'm going with the traditional shorts, believe it or not. I've never worn shorts at a Grand Slam. I'm gonna be debuting that. Call it menswear, obviously. It's kind of like a tuxedo look, very simple lines, classic."

0915: Federer on this year's outfit: ""I mean, look, I'm not going to go skirt yet. I'm not Scottish either. But, yeah, I mean, I'll have something. I'll have a cardigan. I'll make sure I'll be a class act on the court, yeah."

The view from the fans
0909: "Some people have been in the queue since yesterday afternoon and the stewards tell me they think there are over 2,000 already. It has a bit of a different look this year as it no longer snakes along Church Road, and instead has been diverted through Wimbledon Park."
BBC Sport's Ian Westbrook

Tim Henman
0905: Of course Wimbledon will have a different feel this year as there will be no Tim Henman on court to drive us all to the brink of madness - we've got Andy Murray for that now. Never fear though, Tim will be putting the golf clubs to one side for a couple of weeks to join the BBC commentary team. Here are his thought on the men's finalists: "I'm really going to go out on a limb here - Federer and Nadal. Roger's a good friend so I hope and I want Roger to win." And on the women? "I will go for Sharapova and...... Williams." When pushed? "Serena." So there you go.

0857: In the women's event we have a new look at the top of the rankings, with Serbians Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic in the top two places, followed by 2004 champion Maria Sharpova. And then there are the Williams sisters, who usually manage to find their form at Wimbledon no matter how disinterested they appear for much of the rest of the season.

0850: For the first time in a few years we have genuine doubt over who will be the men's and women's champions. Federer says he's still "the big favourite" as he aims for a sixth straight title, despite getting a hammering by Nadal at the French Open a couple of weeks ago and losing his Aussie Open crown to Novak Djokovic in January. Another win for Federer would see him surpass Bjorn Borg to become only the second player to win six in a row, after William Renshaw in the 1880s. Borg has "surprised" Federer by tipping Nadal this year. Still, Borg also tipped Federer to beat Nadal at Roland Garros and he only won four games, so the Swede's got dodgy form.

Tracy Austin
0841: "I'd like to see Nadal win here and Roger win on the clay some time, just to mix it up a bit."
Tracy Austin on BBC Breakfast

0840: There is a man counting blades of grass on Centre Court. BBC Breakfast's Chris Hollins has just interrupted him. That could be a bit annoying.

0835: As always on day one, the defending men's champion is the star attraction on Centre Court. Roger Federer will take on Slovakian Dominik Hrbaty at 1300 BST. He will be followed by the new women's world number one and French Open champion, Ana Ivanovic, who takes on Paraguay's Rossana de los Rios, before Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic plays Germany's Michael Berrer. We'll have to wait until Tuesday for Andy Murray's opener against Fabrice Santoro.

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
0830: Morning all. The sun is shining and the forecast is good, which means Wimbledon 2008 is already better than Wimbledon 2007. Centre Court is a hive of activity as Hawkeye boffins set up their gizmo, while several TV crews do their stuff from the sidelines. Hello, it's clouding over....

- 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.


see also
Ivanovic cruises through opener
23 Jun 08 |  Tennis
Wimbledon day one photos
23 Jun 08 |  Tennis


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