Wimbledon’s courts were covered from the rain this morning as day five of the championships looked set to be blighted by wet weather.
Although the forecast for later in the day offered some promise, all outside courts were covered ahead of a slated 11.30am start, while the Centre Court roof was already closed.
That at least meant Britain’s Laura Robson would be able to play her second-round clash against Mariana Duque-Marino – it could not start on Court Two last night because of the rain – while Andy Murray plays on the same court later in the day.
The inclement conditions was set to cause disappointment for the fans who queued from the early hours to get into the ground, but the players too.
Grigor Dimitrov and Grega Zemlja were due to be on Court Three at 11.30am to resume their match which was abandoned last night – Dimitrov was set to serve at 9-8 down in a decider – while the fourth-seeded David Ferrer was due to be on Court One for a rearranged clash with Roberto Bautista Agut.
The prospect of play beginning on time on the outside courts appeared bleak, although the rain clouds were expected to move away later in the day.
Billy Payne, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: “It looks as though there will be some further rain to come at times through the rest of this morning and into the early afternoon, although it may turn drier for a time around lunch.
“Mid-afternoon, around 3-4pm, much of the rain should clear away to the east. It will remain cloudy, however, and there could still be just a few spots of rain.”