Gareth Southgate and Mo Farah join tennis fans hoping for a ‘Super Saturday’ at Wimbledon

Hoardes of tennis lovers have descended on SW19 hoping that yesterday’s thrilling Coco Gauff comeback will build into a Wimbledon Super Saturday as highly anticipated titan duo Andy Murray and Serena Williams take to the court in the mixed doubles.  

British players Harriet Dart, Johanna Konta and Dan Evans are also set to appear before the big weekend crowds as the tournament enters its sixth day. 

A string of celebrities have started to filter into the grounds, including England manager Gareth Southgate and Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah.  

The long-distance runner joins a host of sporting greats in the Royal Box this afternoon, including Lord Sebastian Coe, cyclist Sir Chris Hoy and sailor Sir Ben Ainslie. 

Sir Mo said that he and his wife Tania are relishing ‘some time away from the kids’ and joked: ‘We are both just excited to be away from the kids – it’s just nice to have a little break, just the two of us.’ 

The father-of-three added: ‘It’s just incredible to have the chance to sit and watch it and enjoy a cup of tea.’  

And Sir Chris said: ‘I haven’t seen much of it at all this week because I’ve been working flat out. I’m just looking forward to enjoying another fine day at Wimbledon.’ 

Scores of tennis lovers have descended on SW19 hoping that yesterday's thrilling Coco Gauff comeback will build into a Wimbledon Super Saturday as highly anticipated titan duo Andy Murray and Serena Williams take to the court in the mixed doubles

Scores of tennis lovers have descended on SW19 hoping that yesterday's thrilling Coco Gauff comeback will build into a Wimbledon Super Saturday as highly anticipated titan duo Andy Murray and Serena Williams take to the court in the mixed doubles

Scores of tennis lovers have descended on SW19 hoping that yesterday’s thrilling Coco Gauff comeback will build into a Wimbledon Super Saturday as highly anticipated titan duo Andy Murray and Serena Williams take to the court in the mixed doubles

Former Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah at Wimbledon today with his wife Tania Nell

Former Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah at Wimbledon today with his wife Tania Nell

Former Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah at Wimbledon today with his wife Tania Nell

Gareth and Alison Southgate arrive on day six of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Gareth and Alison Southgate arrive on day six of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Gareth and Alison Southgate arrive on day six of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Lord Sebastian Coe and Carole Annett were all smiles as they arrived at SW19 for the sixth day of the competition

Lord Sebastian Coe and Carole Annett were all smiles as they arrived at SW19 for the sixth day of the competition

Lord Sebastian Coe and Carole Annett were all smiles as they arrived at SW19 for the sixth day of the competition

Fans are also camped outside the All England Lawn Tennis Club in the famous Queue with the hope of snapping up the limited number of tickets released each day. 

Relief after heatwave as temperatures fall to a more comfortable 69F 

Temperatures are expected to reach 69F in London this afternoon.

A spell of roasting weather has baked the UK over the past few weeks.

But the Met Office has warned that rain could begin to fall in the capital later on today.

A forecaster said: ‘Today we’ve got cloud and rain across central UK which will be gradually pushing its way south.

‘There’s a change of a few spots of rain reaching Wimbledon by the end of the day and for Pride it looks like it should be fine, bright and sunny weather with a few spots of rain later.’ 

This morning, a row of suited-and-booted stewards led a procession of spectators into the event which prides itself on its prim and proper tradition.    

On Centre Court this afternoon, Harriet Dart faces a mammoth clash with the number one seed, Australian Ashleigh Barty.

Her match comes within hours of fellow British player Jay Clarke’s mixed doubles game with teenage star Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff’.

Clarke was initially paired up with Dart but reportedly dumped her by text in favour of the 15-year-old American.

When Gareth Southgate was earlier asked if he had any advice for Gauff, he joked: ‘I think she’s moving in the right direction without any advice from me.’

But the eagerly awaited mixed doubles game will get under way this evening as former Wimbledon champions Andy Murray and Serena Williams team up in their first pairs match of the competition.

Their fixture against Germany’s Andreas Mies and Chile’s Alexa Guarachi was rescheduled after Gauff’s nail-biting match overran yesterday.

Serena Williams will also be in action against 18th-seeded Julia Goerges in the third round of the singles competition, as will fellow former champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Over on No 1 Court, British player Johanna Konta will face American Sloane Stephens before Dan Evans plays against Joao Sousa from Portugal.  

Fans are also camped outside the All England Lawn Tennis Club in the famous Queue with the hope of snapping up the limited number of tickets released each day

Fans are also camped outside the All England Lawn Tennis Club in the famous Queue with the hope of snapping up the limited number of tickets released each day

Fans are also camped outside the All England Lawn Tennis Club in the famous Queue with the hope of snapping up the limited number of tickets released each day

Temperatures are expected to reach 69F (21C) in London this morning in a relief after a spell of roasting weather in the capital

Temperatures are expected to reach 69F (21C) in London this morning in a relief after a spell of roasting weather in the capital

Temperatures are expected to reach 69F (21C) in London this morning in a relief after a spell of roasting weather in the capital

 

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