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  • Olympic champion Mo Farah is usually the subject of praise and adulation wherever he goes since winning a pair of gold medals at the Olympic Games last summer, but landed in hot water this week after uploading video footage of his visit from his smartphone on to Twitter.

    Rules state that phones must be switched off during play to avoid disturbances for one thing, and to ensure there is no threat to the BBC's position as the rights-holders for another.

    A spokesman for the All England Club said it was looking into the matter, and future guests to the Royal Box may be subject to a reminder on

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  • Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki were just three of the big names to blame the state of the grass at Wimbledon for one of the most extraordinary days ever witnessed at SW19.

    “This court is dangerous,” shouted Sharapova at one point of her defeat by Michelle Larcher de Brito, while Azarenka also pointed the finger of blame at the All England Club.

    The biggest shock of the day – Roger Federer going out – was simply down to a legend having a so-so day against an inspired opponent on what John McEnroe dubbed the "craziest day ever at Wimbledon".

    But as for the other

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  • Was this the craziest day ever at Wimbledon?

    In his second career as a media pundit, John McEnroe talks a lot more sense than he sometimes did as a player. He may still express himself with the same kind of Yankee bluster that characterised some of his infamous on-court outbursts but, more often than not, it's difficult to disagree with the brash New Yorker's sentiments.

    The seven-times Grand Slam champion was on the money once again on Wednesday after he labelled what he had just witnessed at the All England Club "the craziest day ever".

    'Black Wednesday', 'Wild Wednesday', 'Wacky Wednesday', 'Wednesday Wipeout' - call it what you

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  • Who on earth is Sergiy Stakhovsky?

    Sergiy Stakhovsky beat seven-times Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the second round - but who is he?

    Personal life:

    - Born Jan. 6 1986, in Kiev, Ukraine

    - Stakhovsky's father, Eduard, is a urology professor, and his mother, Olga, is a retired university economics teacher

    - He has two brothers, Aleksandr (a doctor, who is older), and Leonard, who plays tennis and is younger

    - Speaks five languages: Ukrainian, Slovak, Czech, Russian and English

    - Favourite players as a boy were Pat Rafter and Pete Sampras

    Career:

    - Began playing tennis aged six at Kiev's Olympic Stadium

    - Turned professional

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  • Fresh from seeing off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Ernests Gulbis humorously rejected Martina Navratilova's suggestion that men's Grand Slam matches should be reduced from five to three sets.

    While he had only been required to contest three sets after France's sixth seed Tsonga withdrew injured, the world number 39 said it was not something he would like to see more of after suggestions men may need to play three-set Grand Slam matches instead of five due to the physicality of the sport.

    "Grand Slam is Grand Slam," the 24-year-old Gulbis said. "You don't need an easy way to win it.

    "If you can't make

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  • World number two Victoria Azarenka launched into an astonishing rant against the All England Club after a knee injury forced her out of Wimbledon.

    Azarenka suffered the injury in her 6-1 6-2 first-round win over Maria Joao Koehler, and the Belarusian was in no doubt that the courts were to blame.

    "I’m wondering (if there is something different about the courts) because the court was not in a very good condition that day," she said.

    "My opponent fell twice; I fell badly; there were some other people who fell after.

    "They are not in a very good condition. I don’t know what the issue is, there

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  • Wimbledon organisers ban Federer’s footwear

    Photo: Reuters

    He may have won seven titles but even Roger Federer is not above the strict Wimbledon dress code.

    According to numerous reports the Swiss master upset the bosses at SW19 by wearing orange-soled Nike trainers during his first-round match against Victor Hanescu.

    The All England Championship rules state that during Wimbledon all players must wear ‘almost entirely white' clothing and while shoes are a bit of a grey area, if you pardon the pun, Federer's are believed to have overstepped the line.

    Nike, who manufacture the trainers, launched them on Monday with their press release stating that

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  • Robson laughs off Virginia Wade hype

    Laura Robson had barely wiped the sweat off her brow before she was being backed to do 'something incredible' at this year's Wimbledon by the last British player to win there.

    Virginia Wade, who took the women's singles title in 1977, could barely contain her delight as British number one Robson beat 10th seed Maria Kirilenko 6-3 6-4 in stunning style.

    Wade insisted she didn't want to pressurise the young 19-year old - an Olympic mixed doubles silver medallist with Andy Murray last summer - but then did just that by tipping her to do more 'damage' in the days ahead.

    But Robson, who faces
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  • Sharapova’s ‘Sugarpova’ sweets range causes controversy

    Maria Sharapova is under attack for using her fame on court to sell a brand of sweets to her young followers.

    Sharapova, 26, has taken the first steps to becoming her own brand by launching a range of sweets called Sugarpova that includes a variety of sugary and sour confectionery in shapes ranging from tennis balls to lips.

    The sweets went on sale at London's Selfridges department store as the 2013 Wimbledon tennis championships got under way at the All England Club where Sharapova beat France's Kristina Mladenovic on Monday.

    The National Obesity Forum accused Sharapova, the world's top paid

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  • Let my dad into Wimbledon, Bernard Tomic pleads

    Australian Bernard Tomic is asking Wimbledon to change its mind and lift a ban on his father attending the tournament.

    John Tomic faces a court case for allegedly assaulting his son's former practice partner, Frenchman Thomas Drouet, last month in Madrid. He has been suspended from attending ATP events pending the outcome of the case.

    After battling through a five-set marathon to defeat his first round opponent, American 21st seed Sam Querrey, Bernard Tomic said he desperately wanted to have his father courtside.

    "All of a sudden not to have someone there who's been there for you your whole

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