Sport Novak Djokovic celebrates a point in his first round victory against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia

Defending champion looked rusty by his high standards

Quotes of the day

What Cyclops doesn't see: Television

We have Cyclops on Court Two," said Bill Threlfall. He was referring to the electronic eye that records whether a serve is in or out, but I had spotted an elderly man in the crowd wearing an eyepatch, and prayed that the cameraman would give us a mischievous close-up. He didn't. The cameramen at Wimbledon (BBC1 and 2), and every other sporting event for that matter, have close-ups only for pretty girls.

Tennis: British hopes ended by Enqvist

THOMAS ENQVIST saw off the challenge of Tim Henman 7-6, 6-4 to give Sweden a winning 2-0 lead over Great Britain at the World Team Cup in Dusseldorf yesterday. Jonas Bjorkman had earlier put the Swedes ahead by destroying Greg Rusedski 6-2, 6-2.

Questionnaire: Roger Black, Former Athlete

Who should be the next England football manager?

Arts: Why we go bananas about ... bananas

"A-aa-aaa-choooo! Excuse me." My interviewee, just off a package flight from Ecuador, is looking a touch green about the gills. "When you spend your entire life on the equator, all this refrigeration is a bit of a shock. Aaaaaa-chooo!"

Becker draws the crowds

Boris Becker is winding down his career, but the three-times Wimbledon champion is still a magnet for the public when he plays in Germany.

Wimbledon 97: Court Circular: No tears for demise of old No 1 court

The new No 1 Court, built at a cost of pounds 100m, has been warmly received. Offering a superb view, unhindered by pillar or post, in addition to plush shopping and eating facilities, it would be surprising if the verdict was anything else.

Wimbledon 97: Becker zips past Gorriz

It was the same old game plan, minus the tumbling volleys and precision placement, as Boris Becker exorcised his recent torment at Wimbledon to breeze into the second round yesterday.

Becker injured again

Boris Becker was forced to retire from his first-round match in the Romanian Open yesterday after he suffered a recurrence of the wrist injury that ended his Wimbledon challenge.

Shales ready to set record

Britain's Jeremy Shales, who is scheduled to be in the chair for the mixed doubles final on Sunday, will set a new umpiring record at Wimbledon this year.
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