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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 June, 2004, 13:29 GMT 14:29 UK
Wimbledon diary - day two
By Sarah Holt and Caroline Cheese
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

John McEnroe
McEnroe said he would stand on his head if Henman lost
BBC tennis expert John McEnroe might have to take another turn around SW19's lavender gardens after Tim Henman's nervous first-round victory against Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo.

McEnroe was spotted breathing in the scent - which is said to relieve stress at work - before Henman's match.

Meanwhile, Channel 4 commentator Mark Nicholas found it was just not cricket when he tried to enter the press area.

The suave former cricketer was on a bit of a sticky wicket until he phoned a friend to get him past security.

YELTSIN JOINS THE QUEUE

While the likes of Terry Wogan were living it up in Centre Court's Royal Box on Tuesday, a former Russian president apparently had to rely on a ground pass.

Former Russian president Boris Yeltsin
Yeltsin tries to start a Mexican wave
Tennis fan Boris Yeltsin joined the everyday folk on Court Two to watch the all-Russian encounter between Marat Safin and Dmitry Tursunov.

Clearly, Yeltsin did nothing to help Safin counter his phobia of grass.

When asked if Yeltsin's presence was an encouraging factor, Safin replied: "No. I just didn't feel like playing."

DELTA CHEERS UP SCUD

Meanwhile the lucky punters on Court Three were joined by Aussie pop star and actress Delta Goodrem.

The ex-Neighbours star was cheering on Mark Philippoussis in his first-round encounter with Christophe Rochus.

Philippoussis said on the eve of the tournament that the pair had been called the Posh and Becks of Australia.

And he appreciated her presence in the stands at SW19. "It's good of her to take the time off," he said.

IMPRESSIVE RUN

Wayne Ferreira set a notable record when he stepped out on court to face Ivan Ljubicic as he was making his 55th consecutive appearance at a Grand Slam.

His achievement saw him overtake Stefan Edberg's best and put him 18 events ahead of Jonas Bjorkman and Mark Woodforde.

"It would probably have to be one of my best achievements," he said.

"Lots of the players have congratulated me and have a little respect for me in a sense as they know how hard it is to stay healthy for this amount of time."

FANS DIVIDED

It is business as usual at SW19 as Henmania has landed in all its glory - but can Tim Henman go all the way?

"I genuinely think this is his year," said Jeff who camped for 15 hours to take his spot on Henman Hill.

"Henman has a new coach and a new attitude and the longer England stay in Euro 2004 the less pressure he will have on him," said Simon, from London.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
I'm an amazing English fan - Wayne Rooney is a sweetie
Serena Williams with her thoughts on Euro 2004

Court coverer James admits he will also be keeping one eye on Henman: "He is definitely a better player this year."

But not everyone is backing Henman and fellow Briton Greg Rusedski.

"Henman cannot produce it in the big games and I hate his celebrations," said Henry from Wembley.

"I think it will be hard for Rusedski," admitted Victoria from West London. "If he does not do well this year he'll struggle to prove himself again."

Just tell that to the fans who queued up overnight in the rain.





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