IF YOU'VE spent hours queuing to buy a ticket for the Championships only for it to start drizzling the moment you step through the hallowed portals, there is help at hand. The All-England club, like any self-respecting tourist trap, has provided a variety of shops in which spectators can shelter from the elements and the organisers can help them part with even more of their hard-earned cash. In the main shop underneath Court One you can buy anything from the predictable logo-splashed T-shirts to Wimbledon sunglasses and cut glass, but at the stall near Gate 1 many a trinket can be acquired for under pounds 5.
Particularly tempting are the tennis player fridge magnets that bear a frightening resemblance to the old style big head-scarfed Agassi, a snip at pounds 1.20. Hand over pounds 2.80 and you could get a two-inch plastic teddy bear complete with Wimbledon jumper. Even a ball-point pen, a pencil sharpener and a palm-sized brush - all purple and green - will only set you back pounds 4.10p.
To the more extravagant, at pounds 5.50, the gold diamante tennis racket brooch, packaged in a velvetine strawberry-shaped presentation box, will make a perfect memento of a day in SW19.