THERE WERE a couple of battles in the Royal Box yesterday in close proximity to a couple of Kings, but there was no cause for alarm among the security guards - Mr and Mrs Hastings posed no threat to the the Mr and Mrs King in question, who were a few rows away. Although it was a dry day, there were a couple of Floods - the Australian ambassador and his wife. There were also a pair of Chippendales (Mr and Mrs, rather than a duo of male strippers). "They're part of the furniture," said one wag in the press box.
THE STOICISM of the British in the face of adversity was on show as the rain washed out play on Tuesday. Although 16 of 20 tennis fans responding to an Independent poll supported the introduction of retractable roofs (to allow play in abysmal weather) no-one could bring themselves to say they'd had a terrible time. "We've had a good time anyway," said the Patersons from Sheffield. "What can you do?" said a woman from Cheshire, adding that "the atmosphere" made it worthwhile. The most damning criticism came from a Scottish couple, who paid pounds 42 for their Centre Court tickets and said the rain was "a little disappointing." Never let it be said that travelling a long way to get soaked, at great expense, is not fun.
A photo count from yesterday's national press (seedings in brackets)
MEN NUMBER OF PHOTOGRAPHS WOMEN
Tim Henman (6) 8 9 Martina Hingis (1)
Greg Rusedski (9) 4 7 Jelena Dokic (-)
Pat Rafter (2) 3 5 Jana Novotna (5)
The total photo count since 21 June
Tim Henman (6) 157 111 Anna Kournikova (17)
Greg Rusedski (9) 93 93 Martina Hingis (1)
Andre Agassi (4) 60 80 Jelena Dokic (-)
5 Jelena Dokic, Alexandra Stevenson, Mirjana Lucic, Gustavo Kuerten and Pat Rafter are first time Wimbledon quarter-finalists.
137 The speed (mph) of Mark Philippoussis's fastest serve during his win over Greg Rusedski. Rusedski's was 2mph slower.
63 Games were played during the five-set marathon between Tim Henman and Jim Courier.
203 Points Tim Henman won in his 4th-round match yesterday.
27 The number of singles matches that have been contested over five-sets.
Highlights: BBC2: 9.30pm.
After a damp start, it should slowly brighten up, with sunny breaks but also showers.
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