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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 June, 2004, 12:18 GMT 13:18 UK
Wimbledon diary - day six
By Our team at Wimbledon

Make sure you don't drop it
Sir Roger Bannister
Tim Henman proudly ran through the Wimbledon grounds with the Olympic torch on Saturday, cheering up the fans who seem unlikely to see much tennis.

Henman took the flame from Sir Roger Bannister, whose last words to the British number one were: "Make sure you don't drop it."

He didn't, and passed the flame to former Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade.

Wade gave Henman the ultimate compliment by performing a very stylish curtsy for Britain's current title hope.

SUPERMAC ON THE AIR

Not content with airing his forthright thoughts on television, legend John McEnroe will host a special Wimbledon phone-in show on Radio Five Live.

The seven-time Grand Slam winner will be inviting tennis fans to give their opinions on a special edition of the phone-in show 6-0-6 (Six-Love-Six) on 29 June at 1930 BST.

It will be McEnroe's debut on British radio and he said: "We are going to hear what the fans of Wimbledon have got to say.

"I'll be taking calls for an hour and I am pumped up about it. The crazier the question the better."

It should make for an entertaining show.

DOUBLE DOUBLE FAULT

England's football fans may be feeling aggrieved about a certain Swiss referee, but spare a thought for Venus Williams.

Venus went out of the tournament on Thursday in controversial fashion, after the umpire awarded an extra point to her opponent in the tie-break.

It now emerges that the same umpire, Ted Watts, was involved in a previous match in which the service line was 3ft too close to the net.

After a mass of double faults, the players complained but Watts refused to stop the match.

CELEBRITY SPOTTING

In order to pass some time on a wet start to the day, my eye was drawn to the list of the great and good who will sit in the Royal Box on Centre Court - if play ever gets underway.

Some interesting names are booked in, with England's World Cup hero Jason Leonard poised to take a place with Australian legend Michael Lynagh.

Let's hope Lynagh doesn't start ribbing Leonard about England's 51-15 drubbing at the hands of Australia this morning.

Ernie Els, Lord Coe, Jane Torvill and Colin Jackson will also be in the box.

Coe did his best to entertain a despondent crowd on Centre Court by giving an interview about London's Olympic bid - but it didn't do much to lift the gloom.

HAVING A BALL

Every day starts differently on the walk down Wimbledon way - one morning it's a juice giveaway, next a T-shirt.

On Saturday it was a pair of luminous yellow tennis balls promoting a car.

Smugly, I stashed the freebies in my bag only to have the security guard take them off me.

"Sorry madam, it's in the interests of safety..." he told me.

How right he was. Not every guard was as vigilant and balls showered Centre Court around 6pm as fans sought relief from the washout.





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Wimbledon diary - day five
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Wimbledon diary - day three
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Wimbledon diary - day two
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