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Last Updated: Monday, 21 June, 2004, 12:43 GMT 13:43 UK
Wimbledon diary - day one
By Sarah Holt and Caroline Cheese
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Spectators watch Tim Henman in action on Henman Hill
Tennis takes priority over football on Henman Hill
Spotting tennis players as they attempt to make their way through the throng on the walkways is Wimbledon's second favourite spectator sport.

Taking advantage of the quiet paths earlier was a pensive Sebastien Grosjean - followed by Juan Carlos Ferrerro, with fetching, fresh blond highlights.

Things become more difficult for the players once the masses descend, of course.

Jelena Dokic's minder decided to take matters into his own hands by practically barging a clear route through the bemused punters.

It seems chivalry is not dead yet - though come to think of it, he could have carried her enormous racquet bag as well.

FOOTBALL FIRST

At 8.25pm on the longest day of the year there was still some tennis being played at the All England Club.

But as you wandered out onto the grounds it was noticeable how many people were seeking television sets to discover how England were doing against Croatia in Euro 2004.

A gaggle of young lads had their noses pressed against the windows of the main press office, which is based on the ground floor next to one of the main walkways, and a huge cheer went up as Wayne Rooney scored his first goal.

Even the security guards had positioned themselves conveniently to peer into rooms with television sets.

Let's hope the referee's office doesn't schedule any major tennis match for Thursday evening when England face Portugal in the quarter-finals.

WEAKEST LINKS

Banter has been flying in the BBC television studio at SW19 after Sunday's special Wimbledon edition of quiz show The Weakest Link.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
Martina Navratilova is one of the few women players I respect
The ever-honest Goran Ivanisevic re-opens the sexism debate

Three members of the BBC commentary team took part - Andrew Castle, John Lloyd and Boris Becker.

Castle and Boris aced it all the way to the final, with Castle clinching the title while describing it as the most terrifying thing he's ever done.

And remember - this is a man who has to sit in a small room with John McEnroe for six hours a day...

IN IT FOR THE MONEY

Martina Navratilova fielded an early contender for the most ludicrous question of the tournament in her post-match press conference.

One journalist wondered if she was returning to singles for the money.

Navratilova, who has earned over $20m in prize funds alone, looked incredulous before politely saying no.

Listening in at the news conference was Tony Blair's former spin doctor Alistair Campbell - possibly in one of his new roles as a sports writer.





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