The Latest: Wimbledon offers refunds because of all the rain
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Wimbledon (all times local):
Some ticket-holders will be able to get money back for Day 3 of Wimbledon because of all the rain.
Spectators at No. 1 Court, where there was less than an hour of play, can get a full refund.
Those who had tickets for No. 2 Court and No. 3 Court, where there were between one and two hours of action, get 50 percent back.
And people with grounds passes that provide access to smaller courts also are eligible for refunds of 50 percent — except for anyone who bought those tickets at turnstiles after 5 p.m.
In all, 40 singles matches were either postponed entirely or suspended in progress Wednesday.
At Centre Court, the All England Club’s only arena with a retractable roof, five matches were played to their conclusion.
Eugenie Bouchard, the 2014 Wimbledon runner-up, finally got a chance to finish up a rain-interrupted first-round victory over Magdalena Rybarikova.
Bouchard won 6-3, 6-4, helped by a 16-6 edge in winners, in a match that concluded under the closed roof at Centre Court. They originally started playing Tuesday but didn’t finish then because of rain.
More showers Wednesday led to more delays, but they finally were moved to Centre Court when play on all other courts was suspended for the day.
The first-round Wimbledon match between 2014 runner-up Eugenie Bouchard and Magdalena Rybarikova has been moved to Centre Court, where the roof is closed.
Bouchard is leading 6-3, 2-1.
Play on all other courts was suspended for the day because of rain Wednesday.
Because of rain, play has been called off for the rest of Wednesday on all courts except Centre Court.
Roger Federer has ended British qualifier Marcus Willis’ feel-good Wimbledon run.
The seven-time Wimbledon champion swept past the 772nd-ranked lefthander 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 in a match played under the Centre Court roof on a rainy day at the All England Club.
Federer won the first seven games and was always in control.
Willis was the lowest ranked qualifier to reach the second round at a Grand Slam since 1988.
With rain playing havoc with the scheduling at Wimbledon, organizers have decided that first-round men’s doubles matches will be played over best-of-three sets, instead of best-of-five.
Novak Djokovic won his 30th consecutive Grand Slam match, the third-longest streak in the history of men’s tennis, to move into Wimbledon’s third round.
Playing under the closed retractable roof at Centre Court while play was suspended elsewhere at the All England Club because of rain Wednesday, the No. 1-seeded Djokovic beat France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (5).
Djokovic overcame eight double-faults, including one to get broken while serving for the match at 5-4 in the third set. He also slipped and fell to his back while moving up to the net in the concluding tiebreaker but appeared to be OK.
Djokovic is the two-time defending champion at Wimbledon and has won the past four major tournaments, a run that began at the All England Club a year ago.
He is halfway to the first calendar-year Grand Slam for a man since Rod Laver did it in 1969. Laver won 29 consecutive matches during that stretch, which Djokovic has now surpassed, and earlier had a 31-match streak that included another calendar Grand Slam in 1962.
The longest winning streak at majors for a man is 37 matches, set by Don Budge from 1937-38. In 1938, he completed the only true Grand Slam other than Laver’s pair.
With the Centre Court roof closed on a rainy Day 3 at Wimbedon, third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska advanced to the second round with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Kateryna Kozlova.
Radwanska, the Wimbledon runner-up in 2012, thoroughly dominated the 97th-ranked Ukrainian in just over an hour.
Radwanska has never lost a first-round match in 11 appearances at the All England Club. Kozlova was making her main draw debut at Wimbledon.
The retractable roof has been closed for the opening Centre Court match on Day 3 at Wimbledon.
Third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska is playing Kateryna Kozlova in a first-round match.
Rain has disrupted play on the outside courts, with showers forecast off and on throughout the day, along with blustery winds and cool temperatures.
In one completed match, 10th-seeded Tomas Berdych finished a 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (2) win over Ivan Dodig on Court 18. The match had been suspended in progress by rain Tuesday.
Play has started on the outside courts at Wimbledon after a rain delay of about an hour. More rain is forecast throughout the day, however.
Play on the outside courts on Day 3 at Wimbledon — scheduled to start at 11:30 — has been delayed by rain.
Play on Centre Court, which has a retractable roof, is scheduled to start as normal at 1 p.m.
On Tuesday, rain forced suspension in progress or complete postponement of a total of 30 matches. That leaves Wednesday’s schedule packed with a mix of first- and second-round contests.
More showers are forecast for Wednesday afternoon.
Roger Federer has never faced an opponent at Wimbledon quite like this.
The seven-time champion — perhaps the greatest player of all time — has a second-round match on Centre Court on Wednesday against a 772nd-ranked British qualifier who had never won a tour-level match until Monday.
Marcus Willis, 25, is the lowest-ranked qualifier to reach the second round of a Grand Slam since 1988. He gives tennis lessons at a club in central England and was only recently talked out of giving up on his goal of making it on the pro tour by his girlfriend.
Now, Willis gets to face Federer on the most famous court in tennis.
Up first on Centre Court will be third-seeded women’s player Agnieszka Radwanska against Kateryna Kozlova. Then comes defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic against Adrian Mannarino.