SW19 Diary: Ferdinand's passion for tennis warrants Royal Box invitation
Cahal Milmo is the chief reporter of The Independent and has been with the paper since 2000. He was born in London and previously worked at the Press Association news agency. He has reported on assignment at home and abroad, including Rwanda, Sudan and Burkina Faso, the phone hacking scandal and the London Olympics. In his spare time he is a keen runner and cyclist, and keeps an allotment.
Saturday 25 June 2011
Footballers have been conspicuous by their absence from the Royal Box so far, but should the All England Club be looking for somebody from the national game to savour a taste of a national institution they should get in prompt touch with Rio Ferdinand.
The Manchester United man has been entranced by the tennis over the week. So far he has been impressed by Roger Federer's clothing and Heather Watson's talent. The "connection" between the likes of Federer and Rafa Nadal and the fans has also caught his eye. Ferdinand does not have to report back for pre-season training until 4 July so there's still time for an All England invite.
Henman gets taste of Chinese takeover
The moment a Chinese athlete or team achieves sporting success it heralds a flood of predictions of world domination of said sport. Li Na's triumph in Paris did likewise, although her defeat to Sabine Lisicki on Thursday was not according to script. To see if there might just be anything in a Chinese takeover anyone at Wimbledon early today should head for Court 14 where Tim Henman will be coaching four of the country's brightest prospects as part of a link up between the Chinese Tennis Federation, the All England Club and HSBC's Road to Wimbledon programme.
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