Marion Bartoli

In the players’ box, in the Royal Box, in the commentary box or on the courts, former champions were everywhere!

2-time Wimbledon champion Stefan Edberg, Roger Federer’s coach:

Stefan Edberg

3-time champion Boris Becker, now Novak Djokovic coach:

Boris Becker

Amélie Mauresmo, Andy Murray’s new coach and winner in 2006:

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Sue Barker:

Sue Barker

John McEnroe and Tim Henman:

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Ion Tiriac and Ilie Nastase:

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Eugenie Bouchard

Alizé Cornet stunned world No.1 Serena Williams in the third round on Saturday, but the No.25 could go no further: Eugenie Bouchard ended her run 7-6 7-5 on Monday.
Thans to Steve, enjoy a few pictures of the match:

Wimbledon’s jewel: the Centre Court:

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Sir Alex Ferguson, Richard Branson, Ion Tiriac and Ilie Nastase in the Royal Box:

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Wimbledon 2014

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Rafael Nadal

Andy Murray poster at Wimbledon Station: Wimbledon awaits

Maria Sharapova’s Sugarpova pop-up store in Wimbledon Village:

Sugarpova pop-up store

2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic:

Goran Ivanisevic

Henman Hill (or Murray Mound?)

Henman Hill

Petra Kvitova leaving practice courts:

Petra Kvitova

Last year’s runner-up Sabine Lisicki practising:

Sabine Lisicki

The queue arriving at Wimbledon:

The queue arriving at Wimbledon

Centre Court before play starts:

Wimbledon Centre Court

Ball Boys and Girls:

Ball Boys and Girls

Rafael Nadal and Lukas Rosol arrive on Centre Court for a rematch of their 2012 second round meeting:

Rafael Nadal

Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Mary of Denmark in the Royal Box:

Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Mary of Denmark

Denise Lewis, Jonathan Edwards, James and Pippa Middleton in the Royal Box:

Denise Lewis, Jonathan Edwards, James and Pippa Middleton

Rafael Nadal:

Rafael Nadal

Lukas Rosol:

Lukas Rosol

Chelsea Pensioners enjoying the match:

Chelsea Pensioners enjoying the match

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Lukas Rosol and Rafael Nadal

Led 4-6 2-4, Nadal rallies and wins in 4 sets 4-6 7-6 6-4 6-4. He’ll face Mikhail Kukushkin in the third round.

Next on Centre Court, Angelique Kerber and Heather Watson:

Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber

Heather Watson

1969 Wimbledon champion Ann Jones watching the match (to know more about this champion who also excelled in table tennis, read her portrait written by journalist Rex Bellamy)

Ann Jones

6-2 5-7 6-1 win for world number seven Angelique Kerber.

Angelique Kerber

Last match of the day on Centre Court: 7-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer faces Gilles Muller.

Roger Federer

Mirka Federer:

Mirka Federer

Stefan Edberg:

Stefan Edberg

Gilles Muller:

Gilles Muller

Rain stops play at Wimbledon. Rain on Henman Hill:

Rain on Henman Hill

View from Henman Hill, you can see the Shard in the background:

View from Henman Hill

Empty practice courts:

Empty practice courts

The roof makes its first appearance at Wimbledon 2014:

Centre Court at Wimbledon

Centre Court at Wimbledon

Good day at the office for Federer who wins in straight sets 6-3 7-5 6-3.

Roger Federer

Gilles Muller and Roger Federer

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Another great day at the All England Club with upsets (Azarenka, Pennetta, Ferrer), 5-sets marathons and some great tennis. Thanks to douglasmcfarlaneuk, enjoy some great pictures from day 3 at Wimbledon:

Li Na vs Yvonne Meusberger

She spent only one hour and 9 minutes on the court to defeat Meusberger, but Li Na‘s playing level was all be convincing. Do you think she can win the title?

Li Na

Li Na and Yvonne Meusberger

Li Na

Li Na

Li Na

Li Na and Yvonne Meusberger

Li Na

David Ferrer vs Andrey Kuznetsov

Huge surprise on court 2: David Ferrer made it to the quarterfinals of his last 10 Grand Slam events prior to Wimbledon but was beaten in five sets by 22-year old Andrey Kuznetsov on Wednesday. A disappointing season so far for the 2013 French Open finalist.

David Ferrer

David Ferrer

David Ferrer

Andrey Kuznetsov

Andrey Kuznetsov

David Ferrer

Novak Djokovic vs Radek Stepanek

Spectacular match on Centre Court, Novak Djokovic needed four sets to get past recent Queen’s semifinalist Radek Stepanek, but he eventually triumphed 6-4 6-3 6-7 7-6.

The Royal Box:

Royal Box

Novak Djokovic:

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Radek Stepanek:

Radek Stepanek

Radek Stepanek

Radek Stepanek

Radek Stepanek

Radek Stepanek and Novak Djokovic

Djokovic vs Stepanek

Novak Djokovic

Radek Stepanek

Radek Stepanek and Novak Djokovic

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1991 is the year Agassi made his comeback at Wimbledon after a 3 year boycott, the year another German (Michael Stich) won the Championships, but it’s also the year of the first Middle Sunday in Wimbledon history.
In his book Holding Court, Chris Gorringe then All England Club chief executive tells the story behind the first Middle Sunday, “the best and worst day of his life.”

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same

Rudyard Kipling‘s words are boldly displayed in the All England Clubhouse, there to inspire players as they wend their way from the dressing rooms down to Centre Court. As I stood staring up at them in 1991, during the wettest Wimbledon in history, they has a striking resonance. The weather conditions had just forced us into scheduling an extra day’s play for the Middle Sunday of The Championships – but right now we had no tickets, no security, no catering, no umpires, no groundstaff, and no precedent to follow. Whether triumph of disaster lay ahead – who knew?

The worst start to The Championships

“It had been an absolutely dreadful start to the tournament. We had no play on the first Monday, and intermittent rain throughout Tuesday. Wednesday was even worse with just 18 matches played, and by the end of Thursday, things were dire. For the players, it was a terrible ordeal. It took Stefan Edberg, the defending champion, 73 hours to finish the first round match:

Thank God it’s over. I haven’t even been able to eat a decent lunch for four days

And he was on of the lucky ones – at least he had made it onto court. We were almost a third of the way through the tournament and yet had completed only 52 out of 240 scheduled matches. It was no surprise then, to find myself, chairman John Curry, Michael Hann, chairman of the order of play sub-committee, referee Alan Mills and Richard Grier, Championships director, gathered together during yet another rain delay, looking at the feasibility of play on Sunday – something that had never been done before.”

On Friday evening the decision was made to play on Middle Sunday for first time in Wimbledon history.

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