YOU’LL need a few of these if you are a British fan at Wimbledon today.
Either to sit on or hide behind.
The tennis world quakes as three of our stars go for glory on the top show courts.
They just happen to be our final trio of survivors in the singles draws…but let’s cheer ’em while we can.
It could be a long day for supporters of the true Brits.
First up on Centre Court is our No 1 ladies player Anne Keothavong, who takes on Venus Williams.
Regular readers of this blog will already know about the squadrons of British bees, specially trained to divert the defending champion.
Naomi Cavaday demonstrated that Venus can be vulnerable.
But a Keothavong win would be quite a shock.
Next on Centre is Andy Murray versus the Belgian Xavier Malisse, a former Wimbledon semi-finalist.
The pumped up Scot should progress, with or without a few heart-stopping moments for his fans.
I’ll be looking for a broad grin from Mr Murray at his post-match press conference.
Finally – third on Court 1 – is the real man of the hour, or at least of the Vauxhall Astra Owners’ Club.
Qualifier Chris Eaton has now had his life dissected in detail by the tabloids, including the fact that he has a “glamorous blonde girlfriend”.
She’s called Emma Cowles and actually doesn’t get much glamour as a university student.
Though she’s said to have “aspirations” to be a model.
Big serving Chris will need to string every racket he can find against Russian Dmitry Tursunov.
Facing the lowest-ranked player in the men’s singles draw, Dmitry may be finished in time to watch Russia play Spain in tonight’s second Euro 2008 semi final – kick off 7.45pm.
But tennis can be unpredictable.
As gracious French loser Nathalie Dechy told us yesterday: “It’s why this sport is so difficult but so beautiful at the same time.”
Today’s photos – taken just after 8am – show an early morning Centre Court and the cost of cushioning the blow.
According to the latest weather forecast, there is a risk of some wet weather later on today but there’s currently no rush to buy those Wimbledon Rain Capes.
A bargain at £5, by the way.
*Yesterday’s attendance was 40,835, the highest of the week so far and an increase of 3,817 on the same day in 2007.