It's the final day of June, and the final day of the first week at Wimbledon. So far, we've seen it all - close run matches and complete walkovers, top seeds pushing onwards and others falling at the early stages. We've had sun and rain, highs and lows and there are bound to be more of both as Saturday at Wimbledon gets underway. On Centre Court today, Serena Williams and the Andys Roddick and Murray, whilst on Court 1 we have defending champion Kvitova, along with Del Potro and crowd favourite Jo-Wilfred Tsonga.
Day 6 at Wimbledon
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ooh, with everyone out and about today, i may have this whole thread to myself. what mischief can i cause?
don't count on it
Brian Baker is having such an epic sports comeback, I didn't realise he was in the 3rd round!
normally I'd be interested in big matches but today I really want to see how Goffin and Rosol do.
i have some some court introduction from sue barker. it sounds important?
shes introducing a court?
ummm. she's standing on court and introducing ryan giggs and bobby charlton.
i need christine!
...and jack nicolas. seems to be a "who's famous in the crowd today".
ohh middle saturday is always "sports day" in the royal box
on the other channel i have ivanovic playing, but the red button is tied up with motogp.
From 1996 onwards, the gathering of athletes on the middle Saturday of the tournament became an instant tradition, and the commentator John Barrett was engaged to introduce them before the start of play.
Even now, though, there are sporting “celebrities” who remain beyond the pale. You might find Trevor Brooking and Gary Lineker in the Royal Box. You won’t find Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs.
must have changed their minds about Ryan haha.
blimey, ivanovic match over already.
booo. stop winning!
grass on court 2 is looking rough.
i cant wait to see how they fix it for the olympics. im sure they will because they're magical and have been practising for years but jeez, its gonna be a tight turn around.
have they ever had to do anything like that before?
fix the grass? nah
when i went on my tour in 2010 court 1 was all patchy because they were testing about 20 different types/ways of growing grass in a hurry
what? who knew. wonder what they found?
i hope they found something that works! Pat Cash tweeted to say that back in his day they used to just tip grass clippings on the dirt so it looked good on TV haha.
genius. but kinda slippery.
yeah he tweeted that back in madrid when everyone was complaining about the slipperiness of the blue clay. very much a "kids these days, you don't know how good you've got it" tone haha
he has a point :)
i just hope my tour guide remembers that he promised me he'd rig it for roger to win.
gosh, where have the last two years gone?
seems like last week! crazy.
I need to stop using the excuse "I went to Europe" as to why I have no money
you can use it again soon though. although i've been using "we spend it all on sidepodcast" for nearly 6 years, so there's milage yet ;)
heheheh. so if i come over every 2 years i can use it forever!
don't see why not :)
well theres an awful lot of GPs over there I haven't been to.
First thing to do is work out which ones involve driving to them and then NEVER GOING THERE.
i am stressed out on her behalf. hope olympic organisation is better than that.
Bless the Olympics for having so much public transport.
I have recently learned if I put where I want to go into the Olympic trip planner it takes me on ridiculously complicated routes. I think they're hoping that if people who know London take the obvious routes and then they funnel all the tourists onto longer ones that the obvious routes won't collapse under the strain.
it looks mighty Windy in London today. Serenas hair is crazy.
was bad yesterday, but today seems even worse. not fun.
not sure who they're talking to on the bbc, but there's a lady who plays wearing glasses?
Thought turn the tennis on so in can join in: is the consensus 1 / 2?
there's also red button too. bbc 2 is filling like crazy by talking to rugby players.
I thought the all England club only allowed you to wear white, so how does Serena get away with wearing pink knickers?
there is but i can't for the life of me remember her name.
sam stosur always used to and janko tipsarevic normally does, but they wear sporty-oakley-sunglass type ones rather than ones like what i'm wearing right now :D
it's extra windy today, maybe you're not meant to see them. she has a pink headband too though.
you're allowed colours as "accents" and they normally get away with that for their shorts because most of the time you cant see them.
would've thought they'd be dangerous, but maybe no more so than contacts.
Bendtnar got fined for showing his boxers off in the Euros
here is a relevant article that doesn't really explain why shes not breaching the rules
:) Always debating the key issues!
bbc 2 now has nisikori/del porto. oh the descisions.
ooooh i wonder if i have delpo on anywhere. i dont want to watch serena lose :D
boo my choices are serena or vika
i had a choice on the red button before but now its gone.boo for not taking advantage of the technology available to them.
:O How did I miss the start of the TdF ITT?
much better this set, serena
Rosol lost. Must have played the only good match of his life against Rafa.
gonna leave this thread for a bit, apparently we might be recording a live show this afternoon.
i am sad but i will forgive you for that good reason :D
recording a live show - interesting :) Byee!
@tomfordyce: What a difference a day makes. Lukas Rosol out in straight sets to Kohlschreiber. Somewhere in Mallorca, Rafa punches himself in the face
He's probably physically, mentally and emotionally shattered.
I hope he is now scared of grass and doesn't win the Olympics #selfish #thoseticketswereexpensive
Woah! I'm hearing someone achieved the golden set!
I saw it tweeted, what is it?
Winning a set without losing a point.
Yaroslava Shvedova of all people
Ah, the ultimate bagel?
ultimate bagel sounds so much cooler
Is that because she has a great big 0 in her column? #doughnut
It may be Wimbledon history but I bet it was a boring set to watch.
Serena is making me nervous
break break break break
my commentators think hawk eye has been wrong twice today
maybe its the wind :D
Serena blows two match points. Deuce.
Jie must be ruing those three blown break points earlier in this set, though...
gets it on the third, yaaay!
Indeed. Is Murray next?
Serena's hair is big.
They just showed every point of the golden set in a speedy montage. It made me quite dizzy.
Roddick has a set! Delpo has two! Yay!
Wimbledon seem to be missing one hawk: http://twitter.com/Wimbledon/status/219095701307666432
I asume Delpo won since hes gone missing
Marty Fish beats Goffin. Both the newbies I was watching out for today have lost
They're showing shots of Roddick clutching at his side occasionally. Might have a bit of an injury?
my tv turned itself off. stupid power saving feature.
it's official. your tv needs more sleep than you.
i would turn it on again but the remote is all the way over there and i'm quite comfortable in bed.
just realised i haven't seen the woman from home and away this year?
lleyton lost in the first round. he's still in the doubles but good luck seeing that on tv
wait. she has to watch all the doubles matches too?
sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me :D
he doesnt play doubles very much so its ok. i would suggest olympics practice but australia aren't in the draw for that
someone stole their bird http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-18659457
left in an open car, at night, in london.
Murray up next.
the stupid bird can't even tell us where he is on his twitter page. https://twitter.com/RufusTheHawk
this baby has the best twitter ever because every photo she has is amazing. https://twitter.com/MicaelaBryan
Is this a famous baby?
she belongs to one of the Bryan brothers but I never remember which one.
Bob! He was scared of winning the Australian Open because his wife was due the day of the final. In the end he made it back to America with about 5 days to spare.
Baghdatis looks totally different to how I remember. It might be the hair.
yes its either the lack of ponytail, or the fact he no longer dresses like the flag of Cyprus
oh and he used to have facial hair
Judys been evicted from the Royal Box
What did she do? Nut the Queen?
who knows? Lizzy ain't there. I think shes only been once in about 40 years.
there's a murray down on court.
and back up again
right, eyes are getting heavy so i'll leave muzz to you lot :)
it'll be the best ending ever ;)
Soon as I switched off my TV, he got the break. Typical!