Davenport in mood for break dancing

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The very thought of it would have Wimbledon traditionalists choking in outrage but Lindsay Davenport would not mind if the staid sport of tennis was jazzed up by music being played at changeovers. "I have no problems with really trying to liven tennis up. I think anything goes in the tournaments. If they want to play music, that's fine," the 1999 Wimbledon champion said. But she quickly added: "I really think it does need to be quiet during points."

Paradorn Srichaphan is easing Bangkok's notorious traffic jams with his tennis. His Wimbledon matches are shown live on Thai television, prompting fervent fans to stay home. "All the people, you know, stay in the house watching," said the 12th seed, whose fans settle down to watch live matches starting at about 7pm. "My friends call me. 'It's raining here but there's no traffic'. Normally there is traffic on Friday evening."

Martina Navratilova, the nine-time Wimbledon champion, has revealed her idea of the perfect tennis player. This composite would have Pete Sampras' serve, Steff Graf's forehand, Justine Henin-Hardenne's backhand, the legs of Serena Williams, Chris Evert's mind and Navratilova's own volley. Sounds like a real winner - perhaps playing solo in the mixed doubles.

Forty-eight seconds is the unofficial record for court-covering at the current Championships. Thankfully, it has been largely dry so far and the event has gone along at a fair old clip but, of course, the people who are employed to bring out the covers at the first sign of rain have been practising hard. It seems the best time so far was set on Wednesday on Court 13.

Strange thing, celebrity. It was "People's Saturday" at the All-England Club so there was a selection of the people's favourites in the Royal Box on Centre Court. Sir Bobby Robson, the Newcastle United manager, the ballerina Darcy Bussell and England's all-conquering rugby union team were there. Photographers were spoiled for choice so where did they point their cameras? At Maria Sharapova, of course. She was playing Jelena Dokic on Court One.

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