SW19 Diary: Scot's hopes on a razor's edge

Andy Murray's facial hair has attracted much interest over the last two weeks and it's expected to be in place for this afternoon's big match.

Bjorn Borg famously didn't shave during one of his victorious Wimbledon campaigns – and Murray's wispy stubble isn't all that different to the Swede's – but when it comes to hairy omens, the Scot need look no further than Tim Henman. Mr All England may have a clean-cut image but in 2004 he didn't shave during the French Open and enjoyed arguably his best ever Grand Slam campaign, given that clay was a surface he rarely thrived on. Tim and his stubble, though, did exit at the semi-final stage, so perhaps it is time to reach for the razor after all.

Auntie hoping for late-night thrills

Andy Murray is second on Centre this afternoon and there will be fingers crossed in the BBC base camp here that Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's meeting with Novak Djokovic goes the full five-set distance – because the later it gets, the more bums on sofas it means for the BBC. Murray's win over Feliciano Lopez knocked the Six O'Clock News on to BBC 2 and peaked at a respectable 7.3 million viewers. His best of the week was the 8.8 million peak against Ivan Ljubicic, a match that stretched to 10pm. But that falls short of the 12 million peak for his late-night thriller against Stanislas Wawrinka three years ago.

Typical Aussies. No respect for protocol

The powers that be here like the ballboys and girls to blend into the background – like a football referee, they've had a good game if nobody notices them. But on Court 14 yesterday they were centre of attention after Darren Cahill, part of Andy Murray's coaching set-up, was injured during a senior double's game. Mark Woodforde, the great Australian doubles expert, plucked a boy out of the crowd, handed him a racket and then ushered all the ballboys and girls on to court and began an impromptu coaching session. Meanwhile, Pat Cash, Woodforde's partner, worked his way around the crowd signing autographs for the legions of middle-aged female fans that follow him around – everyone went home happy.

Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

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

No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor