Rain halts Wimbledon wild card play-offs

Heavy rain showers have delayed the start of the 2010 Wimbledon wild card play-offs tournament.

The three day event, which gives British players the opportunity to compete for a wild card into the qualifying event for The Championships, was due to kick off at 11am at Aorangi Park this morning.

However, the unsettled weather means play is unlikely to begin until later this afternoon and the forecast over the next two days is also bleak.

Referee Peter Finn said: “There will come a point when we consider going indoors but at this point we are hoping the players will play on the grass courts.”

There are two wild cards available in each event. These are decided by 16 male and female competitors contesting a knockout draw.

The two sets of finalists will progress to next week’s qualifying event, which takes place at the Bank of England Sports Ground, Roehampton.

Lisa Jane Whybourn is the top seed in the women’s event, while Daniel Evans heads up the men.

5 Comments

  1. Frances
    Posted 21 June, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    How can the BBC comentator at the start of the djokovic match refer to Fallla as “crumbling like like a cheap suit” he gave Federer the shock of his life, he played great shots and should be credited to the way he played, John McEnroe was as guilty not giving any credit to the way Falla played. shame on you

  2. Clare
    Posted 4 July, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Wimbledon tournament players are top notch again. Though grateful to be able to view the slam on TV, I would find viewing so much more pleasant if the commentators could take a break from so much chatting. Games are over “commentated.” Retain just the important comments like the one pointing out Berdych’s communication with his coach while in play. Didn’t Rafa get fined for that very thing a few days ago? Berdych was coached, so he should be fined.

  3. Posted 4 August, 2010 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    The tournament still turned out well despite all this, especially that record breaking match that went on for I don’t know how many games!

  4. Posted 14 August, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Wimbledon should have roofs on the main courts that could open and close depending on the weather.

  5. Posted 19 February, 2011 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    There has been some attemptments to put roof in stadios where sport and spectacles have traditionally plaied in the free air. In spain there are some fighting bull plazas that are under roof.

    The thing is that for people are spectacles as fooball match and similar that are not the same as a theater. To go to tennis match means to breath the air to put the cap and classes for the sun , and something similar,so it will become another thing if we put a roof.


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