ALL eyes were on the sky this morning, as the covers came off at Wimbledon.
The sun was shining at 5.30am – but fans queuing overnight outside the All England Club knew rain was forecast for later in the day.
After Murray Misery, everyone is trying to look on the bright side ahead of the scheduled start of play at noon.
Former champion Boris Becker was here early to check out the new roofless Centre Court.
His verdict? “It almost looks better.”
Ian Ritchie, chief executive of the All England Club, was also remaining upbeat.
“All we can do is plan for everything that is possible,” he said.
Surveying the open Centre Court, he added: “This year will be unique.
“People who are lucky enough to have tickets will be able to say, ‘Do you remember the year when Wimbledon didn’t have a roof?’”
But Ian acknowledged that SW19’s superbowl may take a little getting used to.
“Most of the players I have brought out here have been really shocked.”
The above photo was taken at 8.30am, with staff already busy across the grounds, two hours before the gates open to spectators.
Tim Henman aims to do his best to create a good news story on Centre Court this afternoon – weather allowing.
Whatever happens, it appears he’s not planning to say goodbye just yet.
Asked on BBC1 this morning if this will be the last time we see him here, Tim replied: “No, not at Wimbledon, no.
“I mean, who knows? No, I’d be very surprised.
“I still feel like I’ve got some good tennis left in me.”
Let’s hope we see some of that today.