Wimbledon - Rain delays start at Wimbledon

Wed, 22 Jun 12:17:00 2011

Wimbledon's Centre Court roof was closed again on day three of the championhips as rain showers delayed the start of play on Wednesday.

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Players scheduled for matches starting at 12:00 BST were confined to the locker room with light rain falling at the All England Club.

However, the opening match on Centre Court featuring five-times women's singles champion Venus Williams did start on time at 13:00 BST with the roof closed.

The American, whose flappy zip-up playsuit caused a stir on Monday, plays 40-year-old Japanese Kimiko Date-Krumm.

Later on Centre Court, men's defending champion Rafa Nadal takes on American Ryan Sweeting and a third American, Andy Roddick, completes the programme on the 15,000-seater arena against Victor Hanescu.

British hope Andy Murray is second on Court One against Germany's Tobias Kamke, although fans without tickets hoping to watch the fourth seed on the giant screen on Henman Hill could be disappointed.

When he played under the roof on Monday organisers switched off the screen because of health and safety fears. Organisers said drier spells were expected later on Wednesday.

Reuters

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