LONDON (AP) — His Wimbledon over in disappointing fashion a night earlier, Tomas Berdych strolled along the street outside the All England Club on Saturday, completely unencumbered.
Wearing a casual jacket and jeans, and toting a tennis racket, Berdych walked toward Wimbledon village past spectators heading toward the All England Club – and no one stopped him to ask for an autograph or a photograph.
Berdych, the runner-up to Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2010, was not pleased that play in his 7-6 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (6) loss to Marin Cilic in the third round continued as darkness came Friday night. They finished at 9:38 p.m. local time, the latest finish for an outdoor match in tournament history.
Berdych joked about the conditions in a message on his Twitter feed, posting a box that was completely black – other than two pairs of cartoon eyes.
On Saturday, he wrote: “Many Q about dark yesterday. A: Dark was on both sides of the court!No excuse for me.Marin was better.See you soon London.”
- By Howard Fendrich – http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich
BECKHAM AND CO: A dapper-looking David Beckham wearing a jacket and tie and sporting a goatee was among the Royal Box attendees at Wimbledon on Saturday when a number of sports stars were acknowledged.
Beckham, accompanied by his mother, Sandra, sat immediately in front of Bobby Charlton, who led England to its only World Cup championship in 1966.
Also in the box on Centre Court were British Olympic medalists diver Tom Daley, cyclists Victoria Pendleton and Bradley Wiggins and rower Matthew Pinsent.
As the athletes were introduced, the applause echoed loudly off the closed roof. With rain forcing the start of play to be delayed on all side courts, officials decided to leave the roof closed on Centre Court until weather conditions became more stable.
- By Dennis Passa – http://twitter.com/DennisPassa
Wimbledon Watch follows tennis’ grass-court Grand Slam tournament in London as seen by journalists from The Associated Press. It will be updated throughout the day.