SW19 diary: Stirling effort to stay alive boosted by Murray's £40

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So now we know where £40 of Andy Murray's eventual prize has gone. He's bought Stirling Albion.

Before anyone gets too excited, the millionaire Scot hasn't gone all McAbramovich on us. He hasn't bought the entire club, which toils away, largely fruitlessly, in the Scottish Second Division. That would have cost him hundreds or even thousands of pounds.

But he has bought one share in an attempt to stop "The Binos" from going bust. Andy's grandfather, Roy Erskine, 76, used to play for Stirling, the nearest league club to Andy's home town of Dunblane. Roy and Andy's brother, Jamie, have also bought £40 shares.

Andy, who supports Hibs, might have been a player himself. Aged 15, he was invited to train with Rangers of the SPL but he declined so that he could concentrate on his tennis. But Albion were part of his childhood; he watched them occasionally and used their pitches. "My brother and I agreed to buy a share in them," he says. "I went to watch them quite a few times when I was younger and we used to play five-a-side football at their training facility at Forthbank.

"It would be nice if they could stay alive but it's so tough nowadays with everything that is going on. And it's not like they are doing a whole lot of winning either."

Unlike... no, on second thoughts, that would be tempting fate.

Llodra's dramatic demise allows schoolgirl to take centre stage once more

Football has had far more famous bizarre injuries than tennis – who can forget Dave Beasant severing a tendon in his toe with a bottle of salad cream? – but Michael Llodra yesterday retired injured after making a sandwich out of a ball girl, using himself and the umpire's chair as the bread.

The Frenchman was playing Tommy Haas when he dashed across the court in pursuit of a half-volley in the first set. He couldn't stop. He crashed into the ball girl, who was crouching next to the umpire's chair (pictured). The girl was shaken but not injured, and Llodra came off worse. After an apology and a hug for the ball girl, he required medical treatment and had to retire.

Haas took the initiative to entertain the crowd, encouraging several ball boys and girls to borrow a racket in turn and hit a few shots with him. To the delight of the crowd, this carried on for several minutes. For one lucky participant, Eva Braithwaite, a pupil at Wimbledon High School, it was her second time taking centre stage on a show court in a year. Twelve months ago she presented flowers to the winner of the ladies' singles, Venus Williams.

Some people have all the luck. Not Llodra, obviously.

Serena consumed by locker-room confusion

Following on from yesterday's story about Serena Williams' Twitter messages about a ban on eating in the locker room, an update on her stance, which she talked about for several minutes at her press conference yesterday. "I just got confused as to why there are bananas and other stuff that you consume in the locker room, unless they found another way to consume it that I'm not aware of. I don't dare want to find out." On the issue of water consumption, she added: "They have water in there. I've been drinking in the locker room. Maybe I shouldn't."

Yours sincerely, Wimbelton's cheekiest fan

The Diary cannot help but admire the chutzpah of the sender of the following email, sent yesterday to the Lawn Tennis Association's chief executive, Roger Draper. We have "redacted" only the name and part of the address.

"Dear Roger Draper, Wimbelton [sic] is a great place. Could I get an autographed picture of you? I live at XXXXXXXX, New York. Your fan, XXX XXX. PS: Could I get a free Wimbelton cap, mug, keyring, pin, sweatshirt and T-shirt?"

Wimbledon quotes

"It is disappointing. The depth needs to get better."

Andy Murray on the state of British tennis as he makes up half of Britain's second-round total

"It is the biggest win of my career at the biggest tournament. The crowd was fantastic with me, I hope they will be there for every match."

Gisela Dulko reflects on her win over 2004 champion Maria Sharapova...

"We're talking about tennis; that's personal."

...but refuses to divulge on her love life

"Fingers crossed, it means direct acceptance for the US Open."

Elena Baltacha hopes to reap the dividends of her victory over the world No 33 Alona Bondarenko

"Every match is on television, every match is being watched. I need to not think about it too much. I get more nervous because I want to show my best."

2008 semi-finalist Zheng Jie copes with her own brand of Murray-mania

"I can get on my motorcycle, can cut my grass – I love to cut grass – and can work around the house."

Richard Williams has other plans should his daughters meet in the final again

"I'm happy that people are not talking about me in this moment. To be honest, I wish for that so I can really focus on my game and try to perform my best tennis possible."

Novak Djokovic enjoys his lesser status as fourth seed


Today Warm, sunny and dry again. No chance of rain and minimal cloud. Maximum temperature of 24°C.

Outlook Sunny and cloudy tomorrow, highs of 25°C. Saturday will be warm, 26°C, with increased risk of light showers.

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