Wimbledon 97: Quotes of the day

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Two years ago we were quoting 1000-1 about a British Wimbledon winner, the same odds as the Second Coming. Now we are offering 9-1 for a British victory - the same price as a white Christmas and that's happened for the past two years. Graham Sharpe, spokesman for bookmakers William Hill.

We can take one or two days of this. Obviously it compacts the programme later on, but we have the time to finish on time given a fair crack from the weather. Tournament referee Alan Mills' reaction to the weather.

I'm delighted to have Chris back on board and available again. British Davis Cup captain, David Lloyd, on Chris Wilkinson's wish to be considered for the team after being unwilling to play for the last two years.

We bought a silver cigarette box presented to Fred by the Lawn Tennis Association and the All England Club in 1959 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his first Wimbledon victory. We thought that was the most appropriate item we could afford. Bernard Neal, of the Wimbledon Museum, on the recent auction of Fred Perry's memorabilia.

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