Monday 18 December 2017

Wimbledon 2012: Rain threatens to wipe out day’s play

RAIN was threatening to wipe out much of the day's play at Wimbledon today.

Although Centre Court's roof guarantees play there, all other courts were covered this morning and prospects of improvement appeared bleak.



The second Monday is traditionally when all fourth-round matches are played at Wimbledon, making it one of the busiest days on the tennis calendar.



Britain's Andy Murray, scheduled second on Court One, was facing a wait to learn whether he would be able to play his match against Marin Cilic.



That was billed to start after the women's singles clash between Maria Sharapova and Sabine Lisicki.



Roger Federer begins the day's proceedings on Centre Court against Belgium's Xavier Malisse who optimistically headed towards the practice courts this morning.



That match is followed by Ana Ivanovic versus Victoria Azarenka, and the all-Serbian affair between Novak Djokovic and Victor Troicki.



Billy Payne, forecaster at MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said fans could see plenty of delays and interruptions to today's play.



"We've got rain moving in from the west through the day," he said.



"It's just got into the London area now and the next couple of hours there's outbreaks of rain coming up from the west and south-west."



He said most of the rain would be light and drizzly, adding: "This light and patchy rain could cause some disruption."



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