Wimbledon: Andymonium

A few kilts in the queue this morning ahead of Andy Murray’s first match later today.
Andymonium has yet to break out. As has Murray Mania. But give it time.
The British No 1 takes on France’s Fabrice Santoro in the third match on Centre Court.
Other highlights this afternoon include Rafael Nadal’s first outing at Wimbledon 2008.
Rafa was so keen to get to the practice courts yesterday that he walked through the crowds by Henman Hill without any security escort.
By the time fans realised it was him, he was jogging off into the distance.

And then there’s today’s latest fashion statement.
Roger’s cardy and Venus Williams’ rain mac are just so last season.

Day two should belong to Maria Sharapova’s white tuxedo-style suit.
That’s what she plans to wear when stepping out on to Court 1 for her first match.
Under that will be her playing outfit of shorts and sleeveless top.
Me? I’ve gone for the blue shirt and black trousers look.

Yesterday’s attendance was 39,035, an increase of 6,119 on last year’s soggy and chilly first Monday.
That’s the second highest ever figure for the opening day – if the good weather lasts into next week, this could turn out to be a record Wimbledon.
The sun was out again as I walked through the gates just after 7.30 this morning, when I took these photos.
They show from top down:
1) A sign by No 1 Court.
2) One side of No 1 Court.
3) Expectant benches.
4) One corner of Centre Court to the right of the Wimbledon Museum.
5) Another side of No 1 Court.
6) The entrance to the Press Centre where I’m typing these words.

Wylie’s Wimbledon 2008