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.
Defeated Roddick cries into his cider
Wurzels update. It was not a good day for Andy Roddick, who earlier in the week confessed he couldn't get "Combine Harvester" out of his head. First he was sent crashing on Centre Court by the unseeded Feliciano Lopez, then came this exchange in the post-match press conference. Questioner: "Have you finally got that song out of your head yet?" Roddick: "I had until you mentioned it..." A silver lining for the American though: the CD collection the West Country's finest promised to send him has yet to arrive.
Sharapova loves SW19 politeness
Maria Sharapova was questioned after her defeat of Laura Robson on Court One yesterday about the varying atmospheres she has experienced at the different Grand Slams. The best she judged was the US Open – they drink a lot of beer, she reckoned, and as they do so the noise increases. And what of Wimbledon crowds? "Very polite," she said.
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Germany sees 'visible rise' in support for far-right extremism in response to perceived 'Islamisation' of the West