Eurosport - Mon, 05 Jul 11:24:00 2010
The stunning Wimbledon weather was good news for tennis fans - but terrible news for bookies, who were stung by punters betting on the glorious blue skies.
Gamblers snapped up pre-tournament odds of 8/1 against the tournament going uninterrupted by rain - and then basked both in the sun and their glory as unbroken sunshine and temperatures of up to 29 degrees made it the first rain-free championship since 1995.
Bookmakers William Hill admitted that they were on the wrong end of a five-figure payout.
"We never expected this heatwave and, as a result, have taken a hammering," said a spokesman.
Wimbledon organisers were delighted, however, describing what is only the fifth ever rain-free tournament as "very special for players and spectators".