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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 June, 2004, 14:07 GMT 15:07 UK
Wimbledon diary - day three
By Sarah Holt & Ian Westbrook
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

You know you're in trouble when the compere says: "Do we, er, have anyone in from Australia?"

In fairness, the brave official in question did not have the easiest of audiences in the hardy souls who had spent two damp hours on Centre Court.

In an attempt to provide at least some entertainment, former quarter-finalist - and Octopussy star - Vijay Amritraj kindly agreed to be interviewed.

However, he was slightly upstaged by the huge cheer that greeted the first shaft of sunlight to hit Centre Court.


Britain's Katie O'Brien in action at Wimbledon
Je deteste le grass courts - O'Brien goes French at Wimbledon
British hopeful Katie O'Brien must have one eye on next year's French Open because she has taken time out from Wimbledon to brush up on the language.

The 18-year-old, who is waiting to complete her first-round match, sat a two-and-a-half hour French A-Level exam at a Wimbledon school on Wednesday.

O'Brien is just four points away from defeat at the hands of Maria Sanchez Lorenzo as the Spaniard leads 6-4 5-4.

The match was halted because of rain but will restart on Court 11 later.


The daily walk to the grounds from nearby Southfields station can provide a haven of freebies for the lucky fan.

Racing down Wimbledon Park Road in the showers on Wednesday morning your correspondent quickly started his collection with vouchers for a free summery cold drink.

A can of soft drink was then slammed into my palm before I opted to buy the paper with the free mini-radio instead of the one giving away a tennis ball.

On reaching the gates, a free paper with a raincoat was an apt final gift.

Links to more Daily Diary stories


Wimbledon diary - day two
22 Jun 04  |  Daily Diary
Wimbledon diary - day one
21 Jun 04  |  Daily Diary


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