Stars lighten mood as rain hits Wimbledon

Andrew Strauss (left), Alastair Cook and Geoff Boycott arrive in the Royal Box on Centre Court

Andrew Strauss (left), Alastair Cook and Geoff Boycott arrive in the Royal Box on Centre Court

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WHILE rain disrupted much of the day for fans at Wimbledon a host of famous figures from the sporting world enjoyed a day’s tennis under the Centre Court Roof in the Royal Box.

Yorkshire and England cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott was joined by England captains past and present as Andrew Strauss and his wife Ruth, and Alastair Cook and his wife Alice watched the matches.

England cricket coach Andy Flower was also in attendance.

Other famous names include football legend Sir Bobby Charlton and Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams, from Leeds.

Day five saw both of Britain’s top players, Andy Murray and Laura Robson, in action.

Robson earned herself a standing ovation as she stormed through to the next round in straight sets to resounding cheers.

Crowds lined up following the tie to congratulate the British teenager who has seen her fan base, both online and off, swell dramatically as her prospects have improved.

Harry Styles, of boyband One Direction, was among those to offer his support ahead of yesterday’s clash on Twitter. Other courts faced disruption because of the rain showers.

Crowds gathered on the grassy knoll in the Wimbledon grounds – now dubbed “Murray mount” – despite the drizzle, while hordes of fans took seats on the outside courts, waiting for play to begin.

In some cases, the stands were packed with stoic supporters hoping for the dark clouds to clear. Organisers had said they would do “everything” they could to start the tennis but warned that “patchy rain” would affect play during the day.

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