THE sun is beating down here at Wimbledon at the start of the second week.
Day seven sees the last 16 in both the men’s and women’s singles playing their fourth round matches.
It’s a bumper day of action, with attendance records being smashed at the All England Club.
At 8.30 this morning, a total of 4,731 people were in the long queue for tickets – a figure one steward described as “unbelievable”.
Some 1,150 members of that queue camped out in Wimbledon Park overnight.
And a number have been there since Saturday afternoon.
Those at the front of the queue have the chance to buy one of 500 tickets for Centre Court, 500 for Court One or 500 for Court Two.
Once those 1500 tickets have gone, there are 6,000 ground passes on offer – priced today at £20.
And when those have all been snapped up, those left in the queue simply have to wait until late afternoon before they are allowed in through the gates.
Ground pass sales don’t resume until fans already inside the club start to leave.
The attendance for the Middle Saturday was 40,876, a record for the day and an increase on 2007 of 6,707.
And the total attendance for week one – 242,262 – was 20,741 up on last year’s figure.
A total of 81,510 people queued up to get in during the first six days – 15,029 of those on Saturday.
All eyes are on Andy Murray’s late afternoon clash with France’s Richard Gasquet – third on Centre Court.
But there are stars on court wherever you look, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and – out on Court 18 – ladies’ No 2 seed Jelena Jankovic, still nursing that injury.
Court Two ticket holders are due to see both Venus and Serena Williams play their singles matches, before the sisters return to play in the ladies’ doubles.
Andy’s elder brother Jamie – reported this morning to have shorn his locks – is set to play both his men’s and mixed doubles on Court Three.
While our local hopes Dan Cox and Dan Smethurst are both in action in the first round of the Boys’ Singles.
Today’s photos were taken on Court One just after 8am.