SW19 Diary: Murray delivers his take on Wimbledon hierarchy
Friday 25 June 2010
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."
No poem, today.
Berbatov flees Bulgaria following kidnap threat
Phil Hughes injury: Cricket world reels as Australian opener 'fights for his life'
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund player ratings: Who was the star man at the Emirates? Alexis Sanchez? Santi Cazorla? Or Yaya Sanogo?
Phil Hughes: A swashbuckling, raw and talented batsman who had the world at his feet
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund report: Yaya Sanogo and Alexis Sanchez are on target as Gunners secure impressive victory
- 1 'Kidnapped boy may have been abused and murdered by VIP paedophile ring,' say police
- 2 Ridley Scott on Exodus, Gods and Kings casting: 'I'm not going to get it financed if my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such'
- 3 Girl, 7, gets Tesco to remove 'stupid' sign suggesting superheroes are 'for boys'
- 4 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
- 5 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Exclusive: UK approved £7m Israeli arms sales in six months before Gaza conflict