THE good news from Wimbledon this morning is that it’s stopped raining.
A washout may be forecast for Saturday, but the prospects look bright for an almost full day’s play today.
As you can see from the photo – taken at 8am – work began early today to get the outside courts ready for an 11am start.
Britain’s last two remaining hopes are in second round action.
First up on Court 3 is Kate O’Brien, who takes on Dutch teenager and No 31 seed Michaella Krajicek, the half-sister of 1996 men’s champion Richard.
Two hours later just across the way on Centre Court, Tim Henman resumes his match against Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.
It was rained off yesterday after all of seven minutes.
That provided an extra bonus today for fans in the overnight queue for Centre Court tickets.
Some of the British players already out of the singles may be wondering if they’ll have to join that queue to get in next year.
Paul Annacone, the Lawn Tennis Association’s head of men’s tennis, has warned that flops who fail to make the grade risk losing the governing body’s support.
And LTA boss Roger Draper, who has made sweeping changes since being appointed last year, is also promising a more ruthless era.
“There is real resistance to change in British tennis,” he said.
“There are people who would rather British players lost than won because it damages the LTA.”
He added: “I don’t think the players are fit enough.”
I’m sure they can be equally ruthless if called upon, but my old friends the sniffer dogs have been and gone from the press centre, which is still relatively quiet at this time of day.
But give it an hour or so and the noise levels will start rising…just like in the grounds outside.