Batting phrases instead of balls

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Do you need something to do while you're watching Wimbledon on TV? Here's an idea. Why not cut out this checklist of familiar commentator's phrases and tick each one off as you hear it? By the time you've ticked them all off, it'll be women's finals day already!

It's very hot out there.

They'll need this break.

Of course, grass is not his natural surface.

During this changeover, he'll have to work out a change of plan.

The sun is really baking down.

They're coming back on now.

The umpire is asking for quiet again.

He knows he's in a match now.

He's not getting them all right in the centre of the racket at the moment.

It's all a matter of mental concentration.

He obviously didn't think that was out.

This is the kind of form that he showed last year.

I wonder if that old back trouble is affecting him again?

Oh, what a shot!

His coach is looking none too happy.

That shot brought a smile to a certain young lady's face.

I must say, it didn't look very out to me.

He's giving the line judge a long, cool stare.

He'll have to get his backhand working better than this.

That was always going to be long.

He'll have to get his first serve working better than this.

Oh, that was a shot and a half!

He's a great favourite with the centre court crowd.

The youngster is causing him all sorts of problems.

Nobody is ever a pushover at this level.

It's a fascinating match.

He's giving the line judge a very hard look.

I'm sure I saw a puff of chalk.

That was great anticipation!

I think somebody in the crowd must have said something.

He acknowledges it.

He goes over to the crowd.

He shouts something back.

In his native Slovenian, I imagine.

Perhaps it's just as well we can't understand Slovenian!

Everyone laughs.

What a wonderful sense of humour he has!

But he'll have to build his concentration again.

Oh dear.

Another double fault.

He doesn't look happy.

That wasn't the shot he intended to play.

He's letting himself be distracted.

Now a plane is passing overhead.

He is waiting for it to clear.

It's a DC-9, I think.

The afternoon flight to Madrid, if I am not mistaken.

Probably taking back the No 9 seeds in the women's mixed doubles, who were eliminated yesterday, after a wonderful performance, didn't you think so, Sue?

He throws his racket at the plane.

He was never going to hit it.

The speed of the plane overhead has been measured at 646mph.

That's fast.

He serves again.

This is a very important serve.

It looks good.

It's been called out!

He goes over to the line judge.

They exchange words.

He pulls a gun.

He's shot her dead!

My goodness.

She didn't see that coming.

The crowd doesn't like it.

I think he's lost the crowd's sympathy.

I'm not quite sure what the rules on killing a line judge are.

A stiff reprimand at least.

The referee is calling him over.

He's telling him to calm down.

They've agreed to call it a let.

They've brought on a new line judge.

He's going to take it again.

Etc, etc, for another 10 days ...

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