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SBD/Issue 192/Events & Attractions
Wimbledon Posts Attendance Record For Each Of First Two Days
Published June 24, 2009
|Wimbledon's Crowd Of 45,955 Tuesday
Breaks Monday's All-Time Attendance Record
RAISE THE ROOF: ESPN's Patrick McEnroe pointed out the new retractable roof above Centre Court during Andy Roddick's first round match against Jeremy Chardy and said, "No need for that new retractable roof, absolutely stunning weather today." McEnroe: "According to the forecast, the first hint of rain could be Saturday. The poor roof up there is going to be sitting there dormant. They spent all this money on it" ("Wimbledon," ESPN, 6/23). Venus Williams said, "We haven’t had to use it yet. It’s kind of ironic. But I’m very sure it will get some use” (USA TODAY, 6/24). CBSSPORTS.com's Art Spander wrote under the header, "Murphy's Law For Wimbledon: New Roof Keeps Rain Away." Spander: "What's Wimbledon but grass courts, strawberries and cream and rain? Except the first two days of Wimbledon 2009, the skies have been cloudless" (CBSSPORTS.com, 6/23).
WATCHFUL EYE: Online bookmaker Betfair confirmed that it has "alerted tennis authorities about unusual betting patterns" during yesterday's Jurgen Melzer-Wayne Odesnik match. Betfair said that the "flood of wagers on Jurgen Melzer" during his straight-sets first-round victory was "very visible." There is "no suggestion of wrongdoing, but the company has informed the Tennis Integrity Unity, which is expected to look into the game to determine whether the patterns were sinister or simply reflected fans' judgment" (LONDON TIMES, 6/24).