Wimbledon 97: Court Circular: Officials wary of those who bare all

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The spectre of the streaker looms over this Wimbledon. Melissa Johnson, a blonde 23-year-old student, made a name for herself before last year's men's final between Richard Krajicek and Mal Washington when she cavorted on the Centre Court, sans nearly everything, and gave the lie to the belief that tennis players are so focused that they are blissfully unaware of anything else going on.

Wimbledon was braced for more trouble this week when Carlos Moya, a Spaniard who enjoys a great deal of female support, was the focus of some attention from two particularly striking ladies in matching white frocks. So insistent was their pleading with Moya's coach, Josep Perlas, to speak to the player on their behalf that he was eventually forced to move his court-side seat.

The authorities have given consideration to how best to prevent a repeat of Johnson's frolics. She was detained by the police but quickly released, with Wimbledon noting that, at the end of a rain-affected week, she had provided "light amusement for our loyal and patient supporters who have had a trying time during the recent bad weather."

They do have a heart after all.