Hello. Amy here. As the self-elected official unofficial bringer of Sidepodcast tennis news, I bring you Wimbledon: Day 1.

Wimbledon is the third slam of the year and the only one played on tennis' original surface of grass. They don't call it Lawn Tennis for nothing. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have one slam a piece in 2010, and they are once again the two favourites to lift this title. Some say 2010 could bring an upset though, as in the all too short grass season coming into this tournament Roger lost to Hewitt for the first time in 16 matches in the final at Halle and Rafa was taken out early in Queens. My friend Kait has written a blog about the five men outside the top five who are most likely to cause havoc this year, and I would recommend giving it a read. I am going to put my money on Roger this year though, because I always do.

Wimbledon's Centre Court back in 2006, before they added the roof that keeps the rain off

Credit: AELTC

Wimbledon's Centre Court back in 2006, before they added the roof that keeps the rain off

This is also the last slam I'll be able to give proper attention since someone who doesn't know my travel plans went and scheduled the US Open in the two weeks between Spa and Monza. Many tennis fans, including me think SW19 (as it is affectionaly known) is the best slam of all. What's not to like? Strawberries and cream, Queen Liz shows up, and thanks to the all-white clothing rule we get a break from some of the fluro colour schemes we see the rest of the year. Seriously though, this is the slam that everybody wants the most. As an example of how much they want this one, seven time slam winner Justine Henin came out of retirement solely so she could add it to her collection. We will be in for some fantastic matches over the next two weeks.

Wimbledon is all about tradition and one tradition that is very good to me is that the defending gentlemans champion always kicks off proceedings on Centre Court. This is great because as we've established already, I love Roger, and now I get to watch him take on Alejandro Falla at the socially acceptable hour of 10pm. If you live in the UK this match and the first match on Court 1 will start at 1pm. Play on all the other courts starts at 12. The first matches I will be keeping an eye on are my favourite lady Kim Clijsters taking on Maria Elena Camerin on Court 2 and Judy Murray's favourite "Deliciano" Lopez vs Jessie Levine on Court 14.

Brit watch

There are no English men in the draw this year for the first time in forever so local hopes fall on the shoulders of world number four Andy Murray and er, world number 253 Jamie Baker from Scotland. There are plenty of local ladies to see you through though, with 16 year old Laura Robson making her Centre Court debut against French Open semi finalist Jelena Jankovic after the Federer match. After seeing Laura at the Australian Open I'm not really a fan but that makes me feel mean because she's just a kid so go Laura!

There are plenty of other local women in action today with Melanie South third on Court 5, and Britain's number one ranked woman Elena Baltacha first up on Court 12. Katie O'Brien will be playing not before 5pm but her court has not yet been chosen.

Other matches I hope to watch today are Novak Djokovic v Olivier Rochus (Centre Court), Rajeev Ram v Andy Roddick (Court 1), Mardy Fish v Bernard Tomic (Court 2), Maximo Gonzalez v Lleyton Hewitt (Court 2), Marin Cilic v Florian Mayer (Court 12), Justine Henin v Anastasija Sevastova (Court 12) and Shahar Peer v Ana Ivanovic (yet to be scheduled). So that is my day one, have a look at the full Order of Play here and let me know who you'll be watching.

Will we see any major first round upsets? Will Mirka spend all of Roger's match on her Blackberry? Will any seeds fall today? How many times will Robson yell at the ball boys and girls? Stay tuned to find out and I'll see you in the comments!

246 responses

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 10:32

    Woooooohoo!

    I'll be following along here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8748690.stm

    So far they're talking about fashion: Roger Federer is waiting until 1300 BST to make this year's fashion statement. We've had the cardy, the military jacket, the gold-trimmed tracksuit, so it's anyone's guess what's next.

    Important information, I'm sure you'll agree.

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 10:41

    The court looks lovely. That won't last! http://twitpic.com/1yp58x

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 10:42

    There are some Twitter peoples to follow too:

    http://twitter.com/Wimbledon

    http://twitter.com/ACETennisMag

    http://twitter.com/5livetennis

    http://twitter.com/piersnewbery

  • paul21/06/2010 at 10:43

    There are some Twitter peoples to follow too:

    Some weeks there may be a little too much sport going on

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 10:43

    There are some Twitter peoples to follow too:

    Some weeks there may be a little too much sport going on

    True enough.

    Wimbledon > World Cup > Most other things.

  • paul21/06/2010 at 10:44

    Wimbledon > World Cup > Most other things.

    Priorites. Good enough for me!

    I prefer tennis anyway

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 10:47

    Wimbledon also have to super duper Slamtracker wotsit, which is pretty cool. http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/tracker/index.html

  • paul21/06/2010 at 10:47

    Cetre court has a roof now? Cool. Very rod laver arena of it.

  • Alison21/06/2010 at 10:48

    Cetre court has a roof now? Cool. Very rod laver arena of it.

    It's moveable :)

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 10:48

    Cetre court has a roof now? Cool. Very rod laver arena of it.

    I think the organisers finally realised what country we're in :)

  • paul21/06/2010 at 10:50

    Wimbledon also have to super duper Slamtracker wotsit, which is pretty cool. http://www.wim…GB/tracker/index.html

    They also have a free (!) iPhone app. Not iPad sized, but it works ok, and the price is right.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 11:06

    Hola!

    *sets up camp in thread*

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 11:06

    Hola!
    *sets up camp in thread*

    Yay!

  • me21/06/2010 at 11:07

    Wimbledon also have to super duper Slamtracker wotsit, which is pretty cool.

    makes notes for factbyte factbox.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 11:10

    Kait is now raging because the TV is showing Australian Carsten Ball instead of Roger.

    It reminds me how much I dislike early rounds, theres still Australians in them :(

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 11:11

    Wimbledon > World Cup > Most other things.

    I am going to have a serious headache by the end of this week. With the Valencia GP coming up too!

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 11:12

    oh boo I just realised I can't watch Deliciano because his court is not one of the 6 ones that they stream. Slamtracker it is!

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 11:12

    It reminds me how much I dislike early rounds, theres still Australians in them :(

    So... you need to move to Switzerland now?

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 11:13

    So... you need to move to Switzerland now?

    sounds like a plan.

  • RG21/06/2010 at 11:14

    I am going to have a serious headache by the end of this week. With the Valencia GP coming up too!

    Yeahh, but Valencia GP finishes before the first World Cup match of the day from tomorrow.

    To keep this tennis related, go Andy!

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 11:16

    To keep this tennis related, go Andy!

    he isn't playing today :D

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 11:16

    Yeahh, but Valencia GP finishes before the first World Cup match of the day from tomorrow.

    I have my tv screen on football, a smaller tv on tennis, slam tracker occupying my handy laptop, world cup app on my phone, and my sis' desktop is displaying ESPN soccernet.

    I don't know where to look.

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 11:17

    To keep this tennis related, go Andy!

    Come on Kim! And Feliciano! ;)

  • RG21/06/2010 at 11:17

    he isn't playing today :D

    Darn, err *reads post*, go Laura, Melanie and Elena!

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 11:17

    Darn, err *reads post*, go Laura, Melanie and Elena!

    :D

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 11:18

    one of my favourite things about Wimbledon is that the colour scheme is purple and green. I love purple and green.

  • paul21/06/2010 at 11:22

    Hold on, Carsten Ball? Seriously?

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 11:23

    Hold on, Carsten Ball? Seriously?

    heheheh

  • paul21/06/2010 at 11:24

    heheheh

    I am reduced to watching scores on the iPhone in round 1!

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 11:25

    wooo. Kim is decimating the Italian on Court 2. :D

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 11:25

    I am reduced to watching scores on the iPhone in round 1!

    I wonder what channel 9 will show later. I don't remember them showing early rounds last year but I may just be blanking that out.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 11:27

    it's so nice that the baselines are still grass at the moment as opposed to just solidly packed dirt.

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 11:28

    1215: Elena Baltacha gets off to a flying start with an immediate break of serve against Petra Martic on Court 12. This is our year, people. I can feel it. It's either that or hunger.

    Hehehe. I love the Beeb commentary.

  • paul21/06/2010 at 11:28

    Ah, The Ball lad is getting wooped. Should be over bybthe time tv coverage starts

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 11:30

    Ah, The Ball lad is getting wooped. Should be over bybthe time tv coverage starts

    I'm hanging out on the streaming. If every slam offered this service I would be so so happy.

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 11:36

    yay for Kim bagel-ling! More of the same in the next set please!

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 11:36

    first set to Kimmy!

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 11:37

    so there is all that queueing and camping and what not and theres still a lot of empty seats on court 2.

  • paul21/06/2010 at 11:42

    As predicted, master Ball is loosing quite well.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 11:48

    As predicted, master Ball is loosing quite well.

    hooray!

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 11:54

    I can't help but laugh everytime I see Kim's tattooed wedding band. It's so bogan :D

  • paul21/06/2010 at 11:55

    I can't help but laugh everytime I see Kim's tattooed wedding band. It's so bogan :D

    Ah yes, "aussie" Kim :-)

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 11:57

    Clijsters father was Belgian player of the year in 1988 and once scored a winning goal against England. #footballcrossover

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 11:57

    Clearly the practice courts do not get the love and attention that Centre Court does. Bare already. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7aqZDmcvFE&feature=youtu.be&a

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 11:59

    uh oh, time to start watching two matches at once. HOLA ROGER.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 12:10

    my my Roger, your hair is looking beautiful today.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 12:25

    grrr mph

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 12:33

    The Wimbledon roof has been reengineered for 2010 so it has more options than "fully open" and "fully closed"

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 12:33

    F1 LINK: Jackie Stewart is watching Roger <3

  • lou21/06/2010 at 12:34

    Jackie Stewart is there? how cool.

    Hola everyone :)

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 12:34

    Hola everyone :)

    Hi Lou :D How is the revision going?

  • lou21/06/2010 at 12:36

    Hi Lou :D How is the revision going?

    fine, i have a week and a half till my next exam now, so can afford not to panic anymore and watch the match.

    After the hellish exam this morning i'm giving myself a day to do fun textiles and watch tennis.

    How's the sleep/work/tennis balance going Amy?

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 12:36

    How's the sleep/work/tennis balance going Amy?

    so far so good, had a wee nap between 5-9 and think I'll head back to bed around 2 this morning :D

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 12:37

    Ahh I wondered why the Federfolks weren't sitting with Mirka, I didn't realise they were in the Royal Box.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 12:43

    Roger. What the hell.

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 12:45

    Roger. What the hell.

    What did he do?

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 12:45

    What did he do?

    He got broken and now Falla is serving for the first set.

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 12:45

    He got broken and now Falla is serving for the first set.

    Oops.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 12:46

    Oops.

    I blame the fact that his parents are sitting together. They never sit together.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 12:48

    apparently that is the first time Roger has lost the first set of his first round at Wimbledon for 7 years.

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 12:49

    apparently that is the first time Roger has lost the first set of his first round at Wimbledon for 7 years.

    That's not a great start.

  • Jon Waldock21/06/2010 at 12:50

    The Wimbledon poet is on the news, thats got to be the cushiest job in the world.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 13:02

    this is the third time in 4 weeks that Fall has played Roger. I think he's learned all of his secrets.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 13:11

    oh pants.

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 13:16

    oh pants.

    I don't know what to say. This is bizarre.

  • lou21/06/2010 at 13:16

    i'm enjoying this match because it's not as easy for Fed as i thought it would be...

    #sorryamy

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 13:16

    I don't know what to say. This is bizarre.

    I'm calling it now, Roddick for Wimbledon 2010. We'll just ignore what I wrote about Roger in the post :D

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 13:17

    #sorryamy

    I knew it would suck because Roger hasn't had anything easy since January, and Falla is quite good :(

  • lou21/06/2010 at 13:18

    I'm calling it now, Roddick for Wimbledon 2010. We'll just ignore what I wrote about Roger in the post :D

    Roddick?.. what about Murray??

    #livesinhope

    ;)

  • lou21/06/2010 at 13:18

    I knew it would suck because Roger hasn't had anything easy since January, and Falla is quite good :(

    I still want Fed to win, but i was expecting this to be much easier for him.. i've never heard of Falla before.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 13:19

    Roddick?.. what about Murray??

    #livesinhope

    a ha. ha. ha ha ha. ha.

    I read some of Murray's book, he says that Roddick stays in the locker room with all the nobodies at this tournament because he refuses to go into the champions locker room until he wins Wimbledon. I think that's so sweet.

  • lou21/06/2010 at 13:20

    a ha. ha. ha ha ha. ha.

    I read some of Murray's book, he says that Roddick stays in the locker room with all the nobodies at this tournament because he refuses to go into the champions locker room until he wins Wimbledon. I think that's so sweet.

    awwww!! that is very sweet!

    i had no idea murray had a book?

    #isabadfan

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 13:22

    i had no idea murray had a book?

    I didn't either, I read the sample of it on Kindle and it was quite good but I didn't want to buy it because I don't like Murray enough to give him money :D

    I was reading http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hitting-Back-Autobiography-Andy-Murray/dp/1846051673/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277126518&sr=8-2 but apparently it's now been updated to http://www.amazon.co.uk/Coming-Age-Autobiography-Andy-Murray/dp/0099505657/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277126518&sr=8-1

    I guess that's the problem with writing an autobiography way, way, way too early in your career.

  • RubberGoat21/06/2010 at 13:24

    i had no idea murray had a book?

    I didn't either, I read the sample of it on Kindle and it was quite good but I didn't want to buy it because I don't like Murray enough to give him money :DI was reading http://www.ama…1277126518&sr=8-2 but apparently it's now been updated to http://www.ama…1277126518&sr=8-1I guess that's the problem with writing an autobiography way, way, way too early in your career.

    Yes Lewis...

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 13:25

    Yes Lewis...

    yep, said the same about him.

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 13:26

    Baltacha is out? She started so well.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 13:27

    Baltacha is out? She started so well.

    it's the British way.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 13:27

    god I hate deuce. hate hate hate hate hate hate hate.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 13:28

    ah crap.

  • lou21/06/2010 at 13:28

    oooooohhhhh deeearrrrr........

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 13:29

    trainer is out for Falla.

  • me21/06/2010 at 13:37

    wimbledon.org suffering already :)

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 13:39

    I'm calling it now, Roddick for Wimbledon 2010. We'll just ignore what I wrote about Roger in the post :D

    Ya for R-andy!

    i had no idea murray had a book?

    Just read it recently. Nicely written, though very typically British. :D

  • lou21/06/2010 at 13:40

    wimbledon.org suffering already :)

    you're watching the tennis?! woot! :)

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 13:40

    I'll not rub it in for Federer (especially since his opponent seems hurt).

    Instead GOOOOOO MONFILS! :D

  • me21/06/2010 at 13:41

    you're watching the tennis?! woot! :)

    not until you watch football with us, no ;)

    i am stealing ideas for fbfb though.

  • lou21/06/2010 at 13:42

    not until you watch football with us, no ;)

    but now wimbeldon is on i don't neeeeed to watch the football.. because tennis is back! :)

    i am stealing ideas for fbfb though.

    oh. :)

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 13:42

    Feli's match is never ever going to end.

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 13:43

    Feli's match is never ever going to end.

    He is leading 2-1 though, so it is okay.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 13:44

    Heikki cares about Roger!

    How's #Federer doing I heard he lost the first 2 sets what's going on?!

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 13:45

    the dirt on centre court starting to show on the baseline already.

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 13:53

    Phew. Gael finally wins the tie break.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 13:54

    Ljubicic is the first seed to go out.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 13:56

    no way he can come back from this. bye roger.

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 13:57

    no way he can come back from this. bye roger.

    It reads as though the other guy is struggling though?

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 13:57

    no way he can come back from this. bye roger.

    You want to switch to football instead? They are doing well. :D

    Maybe the shock of his football team beating Rafa's caused him to play so badly.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 13:57

    It reads as though the other guy is struggling though?

    he's not struggling enough. He only needs 5 more points to win the match :D

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 13:58

    he's not struggling enough. He only needs 5 more points to win the match :D

    Ah.

  • RG21/06/2010 at 13:58

    You want to switch to football instead? They are doing well. :D

    Hmm, Federer is Swiss, the Swiss are playing. Maybe he wanted to get out before it started?

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:00

    ooooh nice rally

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:00

    phew.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:01

    ATP World Tour says "Six-time champion Roger Federer has come back from a 0-2 sets deficit five times in 887 matches"

    which is misleading, it's not like he's been down 0-2 887 times.

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 14:02

    which is misleading, it's not like he's been down 0-2 887 times.

    He certainly wouldn't be anywhere near the top if that were the case!

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 14:03

    which is misleading, it's not like he's been down 0-2 887 times.

    :D

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 14:05

    oooh. Over in court no. 1, Nikolai isn't doing very well either.

    Not a good day for seeded players in tennis.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:07

    WOOOOOO

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 14:08

    WOOOOOO

    Come back?

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:09

    Come back?

    one set. just two more to go :D

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 14:09

    WOOOOOO

    Phew!

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:12

    Tomic loses. What a shame. Or not.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:16

    oh for gods sake roger, don't get broken again.

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 14:20

    oh for gods sake roger, don't get broken again.

    ... Really not a good day?

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:20

    ... Really not a good day?

    It's definitely appearing that he doesn't break records in 2010, just streaks.

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 14:22

    It's definitely appearing that he doesn't break records in 2010, just streaks.

    everyone has got to retire sometime

    #sorryamy

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:22

    everyone has got to retire sometime

    #sorryamy

    I miss Marat.

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 14:23

    I miss Marat.

    Was he really good? I got into tennis only as he was dwindling.

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 14:23

    The French Open lady is playing now.

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 14:23

    ooooh. btw. YAY FOR GAEL! :D

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 14:24

    The French Open lady is playing now.

    :D The name is Schiavone, Christine.

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 14:26

    :D The name is Schiavone, Christine.

    That's the one.

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 14:34

    Nikolai holds on. What are the chances of him coming back, I wonder.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:37

    Nikolai holds on. What are the chances of him coming back, I wonder.

    I hope so. I kind of love him.

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 14:37

    Of the 11 twitter trends on my screen, 6 are on football and 1 on tennis.

    The tennis one is Roger Federer, though. ;)

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:40

    it's probably a good thing the pizza places closed at 11pm or I'd be all over that.

  • me21/06/2010 at 14:42

    clearly the bbc tennis guy would rather be penning his next romantic novel:

    Federer glides to his chair, chasing yet chastened, and draws a giddy whoop from a gaggle of wide-eyed ladies by removing his sodden shirt and replacing it with a box-fresher.

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 14:44

    clearly the bbc tennis guy would rather be penning his next romantic novel:

    Hehehe!

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:45

    Falla serving for the match. Now would be a lovely time to break, Roger.

  • me21/06/2010 at 14:45

    Hehehe!

    watch out for the typo mistaking fed for darcy.

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 14:45

    Federer glides to his chair, chasing yet chastened, and draws a giddy whoop from a gaggle of wide-eyed ladies by removing his sodden shirt and replacing it with a box-fresher.

    :D

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:46

    2 break points OH NO ROGER YOU SUCK AT CONVERTING THESE.

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 14:47

    2 break points OH NO ROGER YOU SUCK AT CONVERTING THESE.

    Trying reverse psychology?

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:47

    WOOOOO

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 14:48

    WOOOOO

    I like that I don't even need to keep checking the Beeb at the moment :)

  • RG21/06/2010 at 14:48

    I've switched channels expecting a result...

    #sorryamy

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 14:49

    WOOOOO

    heehee

    Why is it that Roger gets on the groove once Swiss football has taken a turn for the worse? The country can only support one sport at a time?

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:49

    I like that I don't even need to keep checking the Beeb at the moment :)

    its what i'm here for as the official unofficial tennis news bringer.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:51

    this wasn't meant to happen.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:52

    oh thank god. Although, do not want tiebreak.

  • me21/06/2010 at 14:55

    christine, i demand this kind of coverage from fbfb, come sunday:

    - flapped into the tramlines

    - thunked into the net

    - oh, he's dinked in a dropper

    - then WALLOP

    f1 needs more wallop.

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 14:55

    f1 needs more wallop.

    +1 :D

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 14:56

    f1 needs more wallop.

    Wallop I can do, maybe even some dinking. Not sure there's a net, though. Or tramlines.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:56

    2 more points roger. 2 more.

  • me21/06/2010 at 14:56

    Wallop I can do, maybe even some dinking. Not sure there's a net, though. Or tramlines.

    wait until singapore.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:56

    oh pants. tiebreak :(

  • me21/06/2010 at 14:57

    oh pants. tiebreak :(

    no, no.

    that is an unbelievable drop-shot to produce at this stage of this match, so much disguise on it that it might as well be wearing a false nose and moustache

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 14:58

    wait until singapore.

    There isn't a net on the Singapore track. At least not one that I know of.

    But there is a giant wheel. And a new twisty bridge that you can watch the track from. ;)

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 14:58

    no, no.

    They are painting a picture for those that can't be there. Hush up :)

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:58

    mini break. consolidaaaaaate.

  • me21/06/2010 at 14:58

    They are painting a picture for those that can't be there. Hush up :)

    i love it. this is my afternoon's entertainment right here.

  • lou21/06/2010 at 14:58

    that is an unbelievable drop-shot to produce at this stage of this match, so much disguise on it that it might as well be wearing a false nose and moustache

    so you are still following the tennis!

    #smallvictory ;)

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:59

    momentum roger, momentum. GO GO GO.

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 14:59

    that is an unbelievable drop-shot to produce at this stage of this match, so much disguise on it that it might as well be wearing a false nose and moustache

    We need tennis story podcasts here.

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 14:59

    oh pants. tiebreak :(

    First to seven or two points ahead, right? I got it, right? I'm so smart.

  • me21/06/2010 at 14:59

    so you are still following the tennis!

    only in a deeply ironic way, i assure you.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 14:59

    First to seven or two points ahead, right? I got it, right? I'm so smart.

    right!

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 15:00

    First to seven or two points ahead, right? I got it, right? I'm so smart.

    Yeah! Now you'll become a tennis expert too. ;)

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 15:00

    right!

    Woooo! I swotted up specially for this year.

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 15:00

    Yeah! Now you'll become a tennis expert too. ;)

    I know more about tennis than I do about football (which isn't saying much), but the tiebreak has always evaded me. UNTIL NOW.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:01

    FIFTH SET FIFTH SET FIFTH SET!!!!!!!!!1

  • lou21/06/2010 at 15:01

    only in a deeply ironic way, i assure you.

    i'm still claiming it as a victory :P

    #notcompetitive.

  • lou21/06/2010 at 15:02

    FIFTH SET FIFTH SET FIFTH SET!!!!!!!!!1

    :D how exciting! (hearts) tennis

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 15:02

    I know more about tennis than I do about football (which isn't saying much), but the tiebreak has always evaded me. UNTIL NOW.

    heehee

    FIFTH SET FIFTH SET FIFTH SET!!!!!!!!!1

    And imagine: this is just the beginning of the tournament. ;)

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:02

    One reason I want Roger to win is that one of the tennis bloggers I follow is flying from Melbourne to London in a couple of days to go to Wimbledon. She's a huge Roger fan and has been going on about seeing him there for months. Her tweets tonight have been so sad :(

  • lou21/06/2010 at 15:02

    I know more about tennis than I do about football (which isn't saying much), but the tiebreak has always evaded me. UNTIL NOW.

    :D

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:03

    I know more about tennis than I do about football (which isn't saying much), but the tiebreak has always evaded me. UNTIL NOW.

    the thing I always forget is which side is deuce court and which side is advantage court. Why can't they just call them left and right.

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 15:07

    Chants of "Roger! Roger!" break out around the rapt stands.

    They can hear you from there, Amy!

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 15:08

    Mr C, add to the list - duffs a backhand and whippy topspin.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:08

    They can hear you from there, Amy!

    woot! I need to stock up on comfort food for the next two weeks I think.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:08

    Mr C, add to the list - duffs a backhand and whippy topspin.

    I like talking about shanks, it makes me think of lamb.

  • Pat W21/06/2010 at 15:08

    Mr C, add to the list - duffs a backhand and whippy topspin.

    Mr Whippy?

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 15:09

    woot! I need to stock up on comfort food for the next two weeks I think.

    You'd better. This year's Wimbledon may be heart-attack inducing.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:09

    You'd better. This year's Wimbledon may be heart-attack inducing.

    any excuse to eat cake.

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 15:09

    Mr Whippy?

    Mmmm.

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 15:10

    any excuse to eat cake.

    In that case, I better buy some too. Support for R-andy and Rafa. ;)

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 15:10

    Slamtracker is pretty awesome.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:10

    5th set starting very well.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:11

    Slamtracker is pretty awesome.

    I am pleased you linked to it because for some reason I couldn't find it on the Wimbledon website. It's in big flashing letters practically for the other 3 slams!

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 15:12

    I am pleased you linked to it because for some reason I couldn't find it on the Wimbledon website. It's in big flashing letters practically for the other 3 slams!

    And there's no actual link on that page, you have to know to click the picture... which I found out by randomly clicking around.

  • me21/06/2010 at 15:12

    Mr C, add to the list - duffs a backhand and whippy topspin.

    Mirka has her hands clasped together in supplication, her forearms resting on the polished balustrade at the front of the Royal Box.

    i'm expecting the same to be said of nicole, please.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:13

    Mirka has her hands clasped together in supplication, her forearms resting on the polished balustrade at the front of the Royal Box.

    shes not in the Royal box, only his parents are. Fail text, fail!

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 15:13

    shes not in the Royal box, only his parents are. Fail text, fail!

    LOL :D

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 15:16

    i'm expecting the same to be said of nicole, please.

    Nicole has her hands clasped around someone else's cute little cherub, her eyes resting on the polished trophy at the front of the Canadian podium.

    Something like that anyways.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:17

    I would like a mention of Rogers gorgeous chocolate curls please. #lovelyhair

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 15:17

    Devilish drop shots.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:19

    Roger Federer is a BREAKING MACHINE.

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 15:19

    Roger Federer is a BREAKING MACHINE.

    This is much more like it.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:20

    This is much more like it.

    I would once again like to point out that I tipped him to win the whole thing. #sorryRoddick

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 15:20

    I would once again like to point out that I tipped him to win the whole thing. #sorryRoddick

    Inconsistent much? :P

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:21

    This is the perfect example match of how winning over 5 sets in a slam is such a different kettle of fish to winning over 3 sets the rest of the year.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:21

    Inconsistent much? :P

    I'm fickle :D

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 15:21

    I would once again like to point out that I tipped him to win the whole thing. #sorryRoddick

    ♥ your fickleness.

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 15:23

    This is the perfect example match of how winning over 5 sets in a slam is such a different kettle of fish to winning over 3 sets the rest of the year.

    Nikolai is also on the come back trail. Not such a bad day for the seeds then. Only testing.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:23

    ♥ your fickleness.

    I wouldn't be so fickle if Verdasco would just shave his face! It's hard to remain in love when he looks homeless :D (this is me going off on a tangent)

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 15:24

    I wouldn't be so fickle if Verdasco would just shave his face! It's hard to remain in love when he looks homeless :D (this is me going off on a tangent)

    :D I just like his flat forehand.

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 15:25

    John McEnroe on BBC TV: "It's taken a long time but finally Federer has the lead here. Who'd have thought it would have taken three hours?"

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:26

    :D I just like his flat forehand.

    this is very very good. this is horrific.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:28

    A BAGEL? YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 15:28

    Feds clinches it. Just. ;)

  • lou21/06/2010 at 15:28

    yaaaaayyy!!! :)

    tennis > football ;)

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 15:29

    tennis > football ;)

    :(

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:29

    i looked away for like 10 minutes and missed most of that set. *rewinds playtv*

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 15:31

    this is very very good. this is horrific.

    The latter picture reminds me of CM Punk. (the one on the right)

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:33

    "I've lost a lot of matches I should have won, this one I should have lost"

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 15:36

    Who is this Bozaljac person he faces next?

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:37

    Cilic is out. Lots of seeds falling.

  • lou21/06/2010 at 15:38

    Cilic is out. Lots of seeds falling.

    oooh!!

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:38

    Who is this Bozaljac person he faces next?

    I have noooo idea. ATP H2H says they have never met before though.

  • lou21/06/2010 at 15:39

    Wow laura must be terrified!!

    Her trainer looks awesome!! Like a crazy looking Russell Howard :)

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:39

    TV is showing some random Aussie lady so streams it is for JJ v LRob.

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 15:40

    TV is showing some random Aussie lady so streams it is for JJ v LRob.

    What did she do at the Australian Open?

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:42

    What did she do at the Australian Open?

    she ignored every single person who asked for her autograph, even on practice courts when there was only about 10 people around. She kept yelling at ball kids, and rolling her eyes at linespeople. It was mostly the autograph thing that bugged me it was like 'you're a junior, you should be happy anyone even knows who you are'

    At her final there were two guys there that had a big sign that said WE <3 LAURA and it was all glittery and they must have put some effort into making it and she just pretended not to see them when they asked her to sign it.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:43

    the mens towels are prettier than the womans. Purple > pink.

  • Christine21/06/2010 at 15:43

    At her final there were two guys there that had a big sign that said WE <3 LAURA and it was all glittery and they must have put some effort into making it and she just pretended not to see them when they asked her to sign it.

    That's just mean.

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 15:44

    That's just mean.

    +1

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:44

    That's just mean.

    I was disappointed, I only went to her final to cheer her on but by the end I wanted her to lose.

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 15:44

    oooh. Nikolai wraps it. :D

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:45

    I am going to go have a shower and shall be back in 10!

  • Janna21/06/2010 at 15:53

    Hello all, just caught up with Twitter & the comments. Some great tweets from @Wimbledon, thanks Christine for linking to them earlier :)

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:55

    I am back. Appears I haven't missed much :D

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 15:57

    I am back. Appears I haven't missed much :D

    You missed Switzerland getting downed and the L girl getting broken.

    Which isn't all that much.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 15:58

    You missed Switzerland getting downed and the L girl getting broken.

    JJ has 30 minutes to wrap this up as 2.30am is my scheduled second bedtime for all of this week.

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 16:00

    JJ has 30 minutes to wrap this up as 2.30am is my scheduled second bedtime for all of this week.

    :D

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 16:01

    :D

    it works on the assumption I can be asleep by 2.40am and then wake up at 6.40, but I don't think I've ever fallen asleep in 10 minutes in my life.

    During my 5-9 sleep I don't think I got to sleep until about 6.30.

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 16:08

    Roger has now won 200 slam matches #factoftheday

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 16:32

    bedtime!

  • Janna21/06/2010 at 16:33

    bedtime!

    Sleep well :)

  • lou21/06/2010 at 16:35

    bedtime!

    night amy!

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 17:12

    oooh. JJ won. :D

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 17:20

    Oh my! Schiavone is downed.

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 18:06

    R-andy through. :D A rather routine performance, that.

  • Marilene Riddle21/06/2010 at 18:13

    Goodness. What happened to Novak?

  • lou21/06/2010 at 21:21

    i really wish i could watch the Djokovic match at the moment, but i need the bandwidth :( sounds like it's an awesome game though!

  • Amy21/06/2010 at 21:41

    Is djokovic still playing? I am at work and they are showing a roger replay. Its much easier now that i know how it ends

  • lou21/06/2010 at 21:46

    Is djokovic still playing? I am at work and they are showing a roger replay. Its much easier now that i know how it ends

    yep he is! poor him!

    score = 4/6 6/2 3/6 6/4 3-2 in the final set... everything to play for! come on Djokovic!

    apparently there is an 11pm curfew so it may continue tomorrow...

    @DavidLawTennis'Apparently it's a local area curfew. They are only allowed to go on until 11pm. Such a shame. Great tennis, great atmos. What it's all about'

  • lou21/06/2010 at 21:47

    @Wimbledon History is made. It’s now the latest Wimbledon match of all time!

    hehehe (hearts) the roof

  • lou21/06/2010 at 21:54

    yeeesss!!!! Djokovic broke him!!! final game!! come onnnnn this is scary now.. 6 mins left!

    I miss Christine and Amy, i've realised i'm live commenting this on my own.

  • amy via alistair21/06/2010 at 21:56

    i am following the live text. as much as i like watching roger, live tv fail

  • lou21/06/2010 at 21:56

    i am following the live text. as much as i like watching roger, live tv fail

    30 - 0! :)

  • guille230621/06/2010 at 21:57

    i am following the live text. as much as i like watching roger, live tv fail

    do yo have a link for it? I was searching for one in the morning and didn't find it :-(

  • lou21/06/2010 at 21:58

    40-30 seriously djokovic! time to finish this set!! finish the game tonight!!

  • amy via alistair21/06/2010 at 21:58

    i just go to bbc.c.uk/tennis

  • lou21/06/2010 at 21:59

    wooootttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D and with 2 mins to spare!!!! awe.some!!! :D

    what an awesome first day of tennis for Wimbeldon!! perfect!! :)

  • guille230621/06/2010 at 22:01

    i just go to bbc.c.uk/tennis

    thanks

  • amy via alistair21/06/2010 at 22:04

    go nole! not a great day for the seeds today, i cant believe robredo lost to luczak.

  • lou21/06/2010 at 22:06

    go nole! not a great day for the seeds today, i cant believe robredo lost to luczak.

    i don't know who they are...so i'm taking my reaction from you...

    so..

    i can't believe it either!!!

    #iamlearnin'

  • amy via alistair21/06/2010 at 22:09

    robredo is one of the spanish armada so welove him. i think he was seeded 30th. luczak is australian so he is expected to lose early