Wimbledon's official spokesman has revealed what it's like behind the scenes of running the world's most prestigious tennis championships.

It's been 10 days of late nights at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) for head of communications Johnny Perkins, who needs to be on call to deal with requests from the 3,000 pass-holding journalists.

"It's challenging and whether it’s from the heat or the tree falling down and then the fire, security and catering, it’s a huge logistical operation", he said.

Off-court drama at this year's tournament has so far included a fire in a plant room, a tree falling on a Range Rover and a ball boy passing out from heat exhaustion during a match. And that was all in just one day.

The cause of the fire on the first floor of the Centre Court building is still under investigation, but was suspected to have been caused by an electrical fault.

An estimated 3,000 people were evacuated from the grounds on day three of the tournament, but the small blaze did not affect play.

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Overheated: A ball boy receives medical treatment on court 

The 16-year-old ball boy who collapsed during a match on the hottest day of the year was back to work the next day.

St John's Ambulance treated about 85 people for heat-related conditions as temperatures soared above 35 degrees Celsius.

But Mr Perkins said the biggest challenge is motivating the AELTC's 8,000 employees to meet the grounds' 40,000 visitors' high expectations - whether they come on day one or day 13.

He said: "It’s a long event and it’s keeping the focus of people who are working long hours so as a management challenge, that's probably the focus."

Other challenges have included keeping up with food trends - the AELTC now serve hog roast wraps and southern fried chicken and chips alongside the traditional strawberries and cream.

Security is of course high on the agenda, with the club drafting in extra support from the Met in the wake of a foiled bomb plot on Merton's Armed Forces Day Parade and the shootings in Tunisia.

Mr Perkins said: "We realise with the state we live in, as a major event we have to note what is happening both in our neighbhourhood and also in the wider world and we liaise with other organisations who look after these areas."

Does he expect more drama over the final few days?

"It should get easier because the waits tend to drop a lot and the queue drops off after Wednesday but from a British point of view if Andy Murray keeps going there will be a lot of excitement in that and people will want to watch the final on the big screen."