Day seven at the Wimbledon tennis championships

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  • All the behind-the-scenes action from day seven of the championships.

9:21pm

Coming home through Wimbledon tonight and it was good to see a a couple of people had braved the weather to watch the match in The Piazza.

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7:56pm

One more thing, I'll be on BBC Radio Surrey tomorrow morning at 8.50am talking about all the behind the scenes action here at Wimbledon. Tune in if you can.

7:44pm

It has been a slow evening as most of the matches have been rained off.

There were a lot of hardcore fans who sat out on Murray Mound under umbrellas and whatever those thin plastic sheet type coats are called.

I was waiting for a call from head coach Dan Bloxham who was on court with Murray.

He is next in line for my series of behind-the-scenes features.

You may have see head groundsman Neil Stubley from my previous post, ball girl and ball boy manager Sarah Goldson and Ross Hutchins, men's doubles player.

Unfortunately he couldn't get away, so we have scheduled a chat in for later this week when things are quieter.

Anyway I can go home happy now - I've seen Sue Barker!

She walked past me on the stairs a minute ago, looking weary after a long day of commentating.

Now I need to see Clare Balding and I've got the news legend set after I bumped into Trevor McDonald last week.

Now Murray has finished it's Djokovic Tsonga. I'm going to try and get into it, wish me luck.

5:17pm

There is a lot of movement from people coming off Court One as the rain has started again.

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On TV I can see Neil Stubley, head groundsman, checking one of the courts, presumably to see if it is suitable to play on.

Judy Murray walked past me into a restricted area by the press centre. She got asked for her pass!

I thought of all people Judy Murray could walk freely around here.

When I asked the security girl why she had asked Judy Murray for her pass, she shrugged and said everyone had to be treated the same.

Fair enough then.

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The view from the press restuarant

5:04pm

I travelled to the grounds in style today - on a vintage red London bus.

It is one of the many buses ferrying visitors from Wimbledon station to the All England Club this week as we enter the second week of tennis in Wimbledon.

I was on the look-out for ticket touts at the station after a tip from a reader that they were causing a nuisance to residents.

Of course it is nothing new that they are around, as they are around for every major (and minor) sporting event in the country, but I wanted to see for myself.

Just my luck there were none today.

This is a good thing for residents and commuters, and perhaps visitors to the event as well. Unless you like paying over the odds for tickets that is.

I spoke to a local PCSO at the station who said it's not illegal to ticket tout, but operating without a licence is where their problems start.

Police only have powers to move them on and challenge them for a trading licence.

This PCSO said they act as a deterrent and try to be a nuisance to the touts, so they don't bother touting there anymore.

I will keep an eagle eye out for any illegal goings on, but like the PCSO said, they have more important things, like suspicious bags and scandalous behavior, to look out for.

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