Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard has made a light-hearted plea for shamed pop star Justin Bieber to be invited to the Royal Box.
She has previously named her fellow Canadian as her dream date, and now wants him to cheer her on from the exclusive enclosure in Centre Court.
When it was suggested that he might not be allowed in given his recent misdemeanours, she said: ”They really wouldn’t allow him in the Royal Box if he came? I feel like he would manage to get himself in there somehow.”
Bouchard, 20, joked that she hoped he had noticed her success.
”I’m putting in so much hard work, you know. I want to see this hard work rewarded,” she said. ”You know, he’s kind of been in trouble recently, so I’m not associated with that at the moment. But, you know, if he cleans up his image...”
Bouchard – who is named after Princess Eugenie – will take on Petra Kvitova in tomorrow’s final, but today’s action on Centre Court is a case of old versus new in the men’s semi-finals.
Novak Djokovic faces Andy Murray’s conqueror Grigor Dimitrov in the first match before Roger Federer battles big-serving Milos Raonic, who reports growing belief among younger players on tour that the long-time kingpins are ”yours for the taking”.
”I think you see it more in people’s play and people’s attitude when they step out on court,” Raonic said. "It’s a big difference to where probably a lot of guys were maybe a year ago.“
Spectators heading to the All England Club today should prepare for hot conditions as the Met Office predict it will be bright and warm for much of the day with a maximum temperature of 28C.
A spokesman for the All England Club said 72 spectators were treated by St John Ambulance staff yesterday – a high proportion due to the temperature – but they were all able to continue watching the tennis.
He said this was a “very low” number considering there were tens of thousands of people in the grounds.