SW19 Diary: Murray delivers his take on Wimbledon hierarchy

Aside from the smooth progress of Andy Murray yesterday, there were two major talking points at the start of the day: the visit of the Queen for the first time in 33 years, and the Isner-Mahut marathon. It was interesting to note the order those events ranked for Murray when he posted this as his first tweet of the day yesterday: "Real buzz around Wimbledon with Isner/Mahut and the Queen being here today..." He did mention the monarch again later, however, adding: "Not everyday you come off court and meet the Queen instead of the press."

Her Majesty was also the subject of a tweet from Andy Roddick (above), who joked: "Met the Queen of England today... she said she loved me in the American Pie movies."

New McIntosh proves perfect fit for marathon

The Isner-Mahut match turned out to be a lengthy debut commentary for the BBC man Ronald McIntosh. He'd never covered Wimbledon before Monday and was sent to Court 18 on Tuesday for a gentle intro. He stayed the course and, as co-commentator Greg Rusedski told him: "You're going down in history, too."

The SW19 Diary can also reveal the BBC fearedthat its coverage of the marathon was going down yesterday. Crowds six-deep had gathered on the roof of the broadcasting centre to overlook Court 18, and so many feet trampling on cables prompted a Beeb official to run up the building and bark a warning to get off them, smartish.

Asda la vista, berry

For those of a gastronomic bent, the Queen dined royally at the All England Club. Starters for lunch was salmon millefeuille with Wye Valley asparagus. That was followed by chilled main course of orange and honey marinated chicken on fruity couscous with roasted vegetables. Pudding was Kentish strawberries and blackberries with Cornish clotted cream and mint syrup, followed by English cheese plate and orange chutney, then coffee and chocolates. The diners sank bottles of Meursault, Joseph Drouhin, 2006 and Barolo, Giovanni Corino, 2004.

The Diary would like to shed light on one thing, reported elsewhere earlier this week. It was said Wimbledon's strawberries are, essentially, from Asda, or at least from a farm that also supplies Asda, and yet are many times more expensive. Asda's website insists that "the exact same fruit" can be bought for a fraction of the price, but an All England Club spokesman, asked to comment on this important matter, informs us: "Our strawberries are bigger, plumper and tastier than Asda's."

Dismay, dismay

No poem, today.


Actress sees off speculation about her appearance in an amazing way

Arts and Entertainment
Serge Pizzorno of Kasabian and Noel Fielding backstage at the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts
musicKasabian and Noel Fielding attack 'boring' musicians
peopleLynda Bellingham's tragic final Loose Women appearance moves audience to tears
Arts and Entertainment
The last great picture - Winner 'Black and White' and overall 'Wildlife Photographer of the Year'
Arts and Entertainment
'Right Here' singer Jess Glynne is nominated for Best Newcomer at the MOBO Awards 2014
musicExclusive: Jess Glynne hits out at 'ridiculous' criticism of white artists nominated for Mobo Awards
'Irritatingly Disneyfied': fashion vlogger Zoella

Arts and Entertainment
Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree is to be made into a series of films

Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree really is being made into a film

Arts and Entertainment
Separated at birth? Frank Sivero (left) claims The Simpsons based Mafia character Louie on his Goodfellas character
arts + entsFrank Sivero sues Simpsons studio over allegedly basing mobster character on Frank Carbone
Carl Bernstein (left) and Bob Woodward (right) with former 'Washington Post' executive editor Ben Bradlee

The Washington Post editor helped Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein bring down President Nixon

Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London