Tennis: Court Circular Advice at a price from wealthy LTA

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IT IS heartening to know that the Lawn Tennis Association is seeking out new talent wherever it can be found, even in supermarkets. Wandering around a branch of Tesco a few minutes away from the All England Club yesterday, anyone buying strawberries would have seen that the punnets bore the LTA logo and the inclusive message of "Tennis For All". There was even a telephone number to ring for more information about what the LTA can do for you. The problem? Calls to the number cost 50p a minute, a bit rich for an organisation that creamed off pounds 33m last year from the All England Club to pump back into the domestic game.

SURELY THE establishment would never encourage tantrums, would it? We may have to think again. During yesterday's match between Louise Latimer, the British No 3, and Sarah Pitkowski of France, one member of the LTA coaching staff was clearly unhappy with a couple of calls. "Bullshit," he said after one point went against Latimer, in a voice loud enough to be heard by many standing next to the small No 4 court. "On the line counts as out now, does it?" he added, before waving an arm in the direction of the umpire. "Is she French or something?" he asked aloud of the official. Latimer, it has to be noted, behaved impeccably, despite her touchline "helper."

NOT EVERYONE was sad to see Martina Hingis depart the tournament on Tuesday. "The girl should really learn to behave with a bit more decorum," Sandy Williams, an avid Wimbledon fan, said. "We don't want to see the kind of behaviour showed in Paris," she added, as she sat on her deckchair outside the gates on Church Road yesterday. Sandy and her friend, Emma Maxwell, had been in place since 10.30am yesterday, queuing to get in for today's play behind about 25 other die-hards who got there in front of them. "We're here for Agassi," Sandy added. "And, about nine o'clock tonight, we'll bring the car over, get the duvets out and open a bottle of wine," Emma said. Is it worth it? "Of course, but some of our friends probably think we're a bit mad." For spending 24 hours on a pavement to watch a bald man with an ear-ring hit a ball? Surely not.

THE ALL England Club give you a load of old balls for money, literally. Once an hour during the tournament, it is possible to go to the "Used Balls" kiosk and buy three for pounds 2.50 or one for pounds 1. There are no guarantees as to who played with each ball, but judging by the brisk trade, such details do not matter. "I bought six balls for pounds 5," one fan said. "It's not only a saving on buying them from the shops, but we always joke that Greg Rusedski might have played with the ones we bought. We can dream, can't we?"

DEEDS OF THE SEEDS

Men's singles

1 Sampras

beat

S Lareau

in 2nd rd

Holder

Pete Sampras

(United States)

2 Rafter

plays

J Bjorkman

in 2nd rd

3 Kafelnikov

plays

Srichaphan

in 2nd rd

4 Agassi

plays

G Canas

in 2nd rd

5 Krajickek

plays

Woodbridge

in 2nd rd

6 Henman

plays

C Woodruff

in 2nd rd

7 Philippoussis

beat

Woodforde

in 2nd rd

8 Martin

plays

J Novak

in 2nd rd

9 Rusedski

beat

A Parmar

in 2nd rd

10 Ivanisevic

plays

S Stolle

in 2nd rd

OUT

11 Kuerten

plays

D Prinosil

in 2nd rd

12 Moya

lost to

J Courier

in 2nd rd

13 Kucera

beat

A Sa

in 2nd rd

OUT

14 Haas

plays

Fromberg

in 2nd rd

15 Kiefer

plays

B Becker

in 2nd rd

16 Mantilla

lost to

P Goldstein

in 2nd rd

OUT

Women's singles

1 Hingis

lost to

J Dokic

in 1st rd

Holder

Jana Novotna

(Czech Republic)

2 Graf

beat

de Swardt

in 2nd rd

3 Davenport

plays

Habsudova

in 2nd rd

4 Seles

beat

Weingartner

in 2nd rd

5 Novotna

plays

S Plischke

in 2nd rd

6 V Williams

beat

E Tatarkova

in 2nd rd

7 Sanchez

plays

L Raymond

in 2nd rd

8 Tauziat

beat

A Hopmans

in 2nd rd

9 Pierce

plays

R Grande

in 2nd rd

11 Halard-Decugis

plays

S Farina

12 Coetzer

beat

M Saeki

in 2nd rd

13 Testud

beat

B Rittner

in 2nd rd

14 Schett

plays

Dechaume-Balleret

15 Van Roost

beat

K Boogert

in 2nd rd

16 Zvereva

plays

T Panova

in 2nd rd

17 Kournikova

beat

A Vento

in 2nd rd

LENS MAGNETS

A photo count from yesterday's national press (seedings in brackets)

MEN NUMBER OF PHOTOGRAPHS WOMEN

Andre Agassi (4) 8 26 Martina Hingis (1)

Boris Becker (-) 8 23 Jelena Dokic (-)

Henman (6) & MacLagan 7 9 Anna Kournikova (17)

The total photo count since 21 June

Tim Henman (6) 52 46 Martina Hingis (1)

Greg Rusedski (9) 34 41 Anna Kournikova (17)

Pete Sampras (1) 22 23 Jelena Dokic (-)

CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

494 The difference in ranking between Danny Sapsford (595), of Britain, and Spain's Galo Blanco (101) whom Sapsford beat in four sets.

66 The number of winners hit by Jim Courier during his victory over 12th seed Carlos Moya.

38 The number of aces Mark Philippoussis served during his four-set victory over his fellow Australian Mark Woodforde.

100 The percentage of break points converted by Mariaan de Swardt (2 out of 2) during her defeat by Steffi Graf.

TV COVERAGE

BBC2: 12.0pm-2.40pm; 3.30pm-8.30pm.

BBC1: 1.40pm-4.10pm.

Highlights: BBC2: 9.30pm.

TODAY'S WEATHER

Mainly dry with sunny

intervals. Isolated showers during the course of the day.

Maximum temp: 22C (72F).

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