LiveWimbledon 2014: All the news and behind-the-scenes action from day ten of the championships

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  • All the news and behind-the-scenes action from day ten at Wimbledon 2014.


Realised I've been here more than nine hours now.

There's always something new to see and do, it's gone so quickly.

But I think I've had too much sun and the battery is running low on my iPad so I'll sign out for today.

Really hope you've enjoyed today's blog!

Don't forget I'd love to see your photos. I've had some lovely ones so far to, but there's still time.

Ciao for now.


The last bit of that game was hilarious.

Rusedski's doubles partner Fabrice Santoro and opposition Thomas Johansson were not taking it seriously.

They imitated the female players grunting each time they hit it, and at one point Greg and opponent Albert Costa sat down and left them to it as the other two were mock grunting and lightly rallying.

Everyone was laughing.

Rusedski and Santoro won, with Santoro playing a lot of it using trick shots and pretending to be too tired to run for it, leaving everyone gasping in the crowd.

Highly entertaining, I just wish I had seen more of it.

It would be much better if other matches had that element of comedy.

Great show.


Watching Greg Rusedski doubles on court three. Remember him? He's very chatty on court, keeps talking to players.


Aside from the fact it's day ten, not day eleven, this is a nice photo of Murray Mound today.


Among the celebs on centre court today are Colin Firth, Cilla Black and Cliff Richard.

I haven't seen them, but there's still time.


Have been having a wander and found some little shops tucked away.

A pharmacy, a newsagents and an ice cream shop. Unsurprisingly there's a huge queue for ice cream but nobody in the other two.

Ended up back on court 18 via Murray Mound which is now rammed with people.

I like court 18 as it's quite high up and there's a bank of seats next to the BBC Sport booth that are sloped so you get a great view of the court, grounds and St Mary's Church spire.

At the back and higher up is the roof where many of the TV cameras are based as it's not far from their studios.

One of the studios -possibly Espn -is decked out like an English pub I'm told.


Went to find the Merton Youth Band on the tea lawn but am too early, they won't be on until 6pm.

Ventured into the Wimbledon shop.

Those used balls I got are much better value.

A tube in there is going for £9 and they haven't been struck by the stars.


I didn't see the end of this match but it looks like a great result:

WATCH: No5 seeds Paes/Stepanekbeat No3 seeds Nestor/Zimonjicto reach the SF & @stepec78 blows a kiss to the crowd.

— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2014


This game has done nothing to diminish my liking of doubles. It's so quick it's fun to watch. I moved away from an annoying older couple who kept criticising everyone and not watching. Sat next a really nice Serbian TV presenter giving me tips on Serbian players.


Doing a bit more transcribing and writing from a lovely vantage point overlooking court 14 and the surrounding area next to centre court. There's constantly people on the move. Court 14 is one of those not being used this year as part of the Master Plan for re-development. The sun is still so hot. I know,even slathered in sun cream, I will end up burnt, it always happens. What better place to get burnt at than this glorious place!


I can add to my news legends bingo today.

Sue Barker (are there more points for seeing her twice?) was walking along with Carol from BBC breakfast weather.

She always wears amazing dresses and today was no different.

It was a pink one with black meshing around the middle. Found a photo for you:

I wanted to say hi, but I was busy transcribing my interview with Dan from earlier, and they were deep in conversation.

I've got to get back to it. Will update you all later.


Just had a really quick spot of lunch on Murray Mound.

It's incredibly hot out there.

There are already a few pink shoulders and lots of empty Champagne bottles and empty jugs of Pimms around.

Advice keeps flashing up on the big screen to remind people to wear sun cream, drink water, and wear a hat.

Very good advice.

Despite this morning's rush it seems quieter than yesterday.

Perhaps it's because it's the women's semi-finals today.

David Cameron's tennis buddy Andrew Castle is playing later.

Maybe I'll spot the PM in the cheap seats.

Doubt it.


So I finally found something I can afford here as a souvenir.

Used practice court balls!

I discovered a stall selling them for two pounds a bottle.

They have sold twelve and a half thousand pounds worth so far which is pretty amazing.

All England Club learning officer Ben Swann is manning the desk today.

He said the money raised from sales goes to the Hippotennis charity, so named because the weight of the 54,250 balls used each year weigh the same as a hippo.

A hippotennis statue in Wimbledon Park even has his own Twitter account.

Quite quiet now, but a passing friend gave me this fine hat #murraymadeitbusy #heropotimus

— Horatio the Hippo (@wimbledonhippo) July 2, 2014

An attractive fellow isn't he!

After 3pm every day the team sell balls used in competition for an extra pound each bottle.

These ones are special because they have been used on the actual championship courts.

Ben said: 'We don't want to waste any so we recycle them.

'Everyone wants theirs to have been hit by Andy Murray, Nadal or Roger Federer. 'Nadal is the favourite.'

I learnt some fascinating facts from these guys.

The balls are kept refrigerated so when they are opened they change temperature and weight, so the players can tell how old they are from the temperature, which is why some players reject them.

Ben said when Andy Murray wins a point, he asks for the same ball back again for luck.

The ball girls had best remember which one was which.

Here are the team before a huge queue formed.


Here's something lighter. Rufus the hawk!

Meet @RufusTheHawk – he patrols the sky at #Wimbledon & he just made his @GMA debut. More from @Wimbledon coming up!

— Lara Spencer (@LaraSpencer) July 3, 2014


The facilities at the press centre leave a lot to be desired. I have tried and failed to upload photos on this blog for more than a week now.

Personal devices are blocked, which means I can't use my camera.

Any pictures have been added on my own laptop or in the office once I have left the site, or via Twitter.

At lot of journalists have been having issues with internet connections, and there's very little phone signal in the building as well.

All very useful when trying to do our jobs.

The staff have been helpful and friendly, despite it all.

I am hoping to get my photos emailed to me shortly, then I will try to add them. Anyway, more positive posts to follow!


It is another beautiful day at Wimbledon today. The sun is shining and everyone is in really good spirits.

I came down early today for an interview with All England Club head coach Dan Bloxham.

We met on Sunday at a tennis clinic with Martina Hingis which I have written about previously.

We went onto centre court via the royal entrance - the same one I was stood outside with the mere mortals yesterday - and got an insight into what it's like without the crowds. It's incredibly peaceful.

At least it would have been if the entire military population of the championships weren't having a photo shoot at the same time.

They looked very ordered in their uniforms, sitting in rows in the seats by the front of the court for their official photos.

We did our best to be heard over the chattering and announcements.

I recorded the interview but it didn't matter about sound quality as my record isn't for broadcast, luckily.

When I have written up our interview I'll post the link on here.


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