Murray resumes Wimbledon title tilt

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Published: Thursday 2nd July 2015 by The News Editor

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Britain’s top tennis star Andy Murray will continue his bid to reclaim the Wimbledon crown today, as the All England Club prepares to welcome a royal visitor to SW19.

The 28-year-old Scot will move away from his regular spot on Centre Court to take on Dutchman Robin Hasse on Court One for their second round match.

The Duchess of Cornwall will attend the championships today, joining thousands of British tennis fans desperately hoping for a Murray win in his bid for a second Wimbledon title.

After the tournament recorded its highest ever temperature yesterday – when the mercury hit 35.7C (96.2F) – forecasters have warned that thunderstorms could bring disruption to today’s matches.

A ball boy collapsed yesterday and was taken to hospital amid sweltering conditions as Britain recorded the hottest July day on record.

St John Ambulance said it treated 170 people for mostly heat-related conditions, including five who were taken to hospital.

MeteoGroup said sunny spells and showers were predicted today, with a risk of thunderstorms and temperatures reaching around 25C (77F) .

Former Wimbledon champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play their second round matches on Centre Court today, while Britons James Ward and Aljaz Bedene are also in action.

They will hope to join Britain’s top woman tennis star Heather Watson in the third round after she set up a match with 20-time grand slam champion Serena Williams.

After her win, Watson, 23, branded internet trolls as “cowards'” for levelling death threats against her in the past.

The British number one, who picks up £77,000 as the first Briton into the third round, said the abuse online had become a “usual occurrence” and she was often targeted by gamblers who had lost money on her matches.

The All England Club has announced matches on its outside courts will start later tomorrow in order to observe the national minute’s silence in tribute to the victims of the Tunisia terror attack.

The Centre Court building was evacuated after the close of play last night after a fire broke out.

The All England Club confirmed the evacuation took place around 9pm following a small fire in an electrical plant room located to the side of the Wingfield Restaurant.

The incident, which occurred approximately 60 minutes after play had finished for the day, was attended by the London Fire Brigade and the fire was extinguished.

London Fire Brigade said 3,000 people were told to leave the grounds as a precaution and the blaze was brought under control shortly after 10pm, just over an hour after they were first called.

Published: Thursday 2nd July 2015 by The News Editor

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