Judy Dalton direct from Wimbledon - Day 5 review

Friday, June 27
Friday, June 27

THE rain held off. Sadly for Lleyton Hewitt though, age and experience did not help him.  After a terrific battle, with Aussie fans giving him 110 per cen support he lost in five sets to Jerry Janowicz.  Several years ago Hewitt would have won in straight sets, but we cannot turn back the clock. This might be his last Wimbledon. If so, what a credit he has done to himself and Australia.

Had a lovely chat with Sam Stosur while she was eating sushi in the players' area. Still in doubles and seems very happy. She said that former coach Miles McLaughlin was a nice guy, but they just didn’t see eye to eye. I suggested that maybe she needs to look for a female coach - a Martina Navratilova or Billie Jean King. Only a thought said I.

Looking forward to the second week of the women's singles. Some mouth-watering match-ups if everyone who should win does.

Security is so tight, they won’t even allow the hairdressing salon to have bottled water for the players.  And the nail centre is flat out.  Great criticism about  Sugarpova sweets. How can they encourage young people with weight problems to eat them?

Players are not getting their freebies this year. In other years when  they have gone onto the court with the wrong shirt, the referees' office has supplied them with the correct one. Also caps. Now the players have to pay for them. Interestingly, the supply cupboard is still full.

JUDY (Tegart) Dalton was a singles finalist at Wimbledon in 1968 and women's doubles champion at Wimbledon in 1969. She was also a two-time Wimbledon mixed doubles finalist.