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With the billion articles and photos etc., I thought we might as well have a thread for the big occassion. :)

TV Coverage

United Kingdom: BBC2
United States: EPSN & The Tennis Channel
Australia: Channel 9, Fox Australia
Belgium: VRT. RTL, VTM
Denmark: MTG
Greece: Filmnet
The Netherlands: Chello, RTL
Serbia: B92
Switzerland: CHSF
Asia: Star Sports

The event will also be broadcast on the BBC website and on ESPN360.com

Twitter on the Event: http://twitter.com/Wimbledon

http://blog.wimbledon.org/2009/05/15/a-centre-court-celebration-sunday-17-may/
 

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Four legends, Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Tim Henman and Kim Clijsters will be playing on the day, while singing stars Katherine Jenkins, Faryl Smith and Blake will also perform at the event.

Gates open at 12 noon
Roof closes at 2:30pm
Play commences at 3:00pm

Livestream that may Work: http://www.sporza.be/cm/sporza/videozone/MG_live

Order of Play
Tim Henman (GBR) vs Andre Agassi (USA)
Steffi Graf (GER) vs Kim Clijsters (BEL)
Henman (GBR) & Clijsters (BEL) vs Agassi (USA) & Graf (GER)

 

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Centre Court Celebration Press Conference



Former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters has thanked Wimbledon for reigniting her passion to play and enticing her out of retirement.

The Belgian, who retired in May 2007, said it was the call from the All England Club to play in Sunday’s Centre Court Celebration that stoked her competitive spirit.

“I have to thank Wimbledon for asking me to come and play here,” she told journalists ahead of her singles and mixed doubles matches on Sunday.


The 2005 US Open champion said: “I started preparing myself [last year]. I didn’t play, I didn’t hit a lot of balls, and I really wanted to get in better shape and a few weeks into training and working hard I got the hunger back.”

Clijsters joined Tim Henman and Andre Agassi at a pre-match press conference at the All England Club, ahead of the Centre Court Celebration to be staged under the new retractable roof on Sunday.

“My first few weeks were mainly getting the basic exercises, getting my core and everything back into place after having a baby,” she explained. “In my mind I wanted to play tennis but physically your body doesn’t always follow what you want it to do… Hitting the ball came back pretty quickly. Physically that took a little longer. Everything is going as planned and I am excited about it.”

The Belgian will face seven time Wimbledon single’s title holder Steffi Graf in a one set contest and is looking forward to the showdown.

“It was ten years ago this year that I played her here at my first Wimbledon. I qualified and always admired her very much. I had posters up in my room, so it is very special for me.”
 

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article + video on Sporza.be ;)

Clijsters: "Alsof het mijn eerste keer is"



Kim Clijsters geniet met volle teugen van haar passage in Wimbledon. Zondag speelt ze er twee exhibitiematchen om het nieuwe dak boven Centre Court in te huldigen. "Het is alsof het mijn eerste keer is", zegt ze aan Sporza.

"Het is vooral heel leuk om hier rond te lopen zonder dat hier een toernooi aan de gang is", vertelt een glimlachende Clijsters. "Vreemd genoeg verliep de aanpassing ook heel vlot."

Belga

"Vroeger kwam ik van Roland Garros naar hier. Toen had ik enkele dagen nodig op gras. Maar nu niet. Hier is het ook allemaal begonnen voor mij. Mijn eerste grandslam en meteen tegen Steffi Graf."

Wist Clijsters eigenlijk nog wat ze in haar tenniszak moest steken? "Tja, dat was vroeger gemakkelijk. Nu moest ik toch even nadenken. Wat moet er nu allemaal in? Zeker met dochtertje Jada."

"Mijn koffer maken is een pak ingewikkelder. Ik moet er nu serieus over nadenken, meer plannen met Jada erbij."

Clijsters kreeg ook een wildcard voor het toernooi, maar weigerde. "De verleiding was heel groot, maar vanbinnen wist ik dat ik neen moest zeggen. Het zou mijn lichaam geen deugd doen", is Clijsters realistisch.

"Ik moet stap voor stap terugkeren. Na de US Open zullen we zien waar ik uitkom."
 

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and translation...:

Clijsters: “As if it were my First time”

Kim Clijsters is enjoying her passage at Wimbledon to the full. On Sunday she’ll play two exhibition matches there to inaugurate the new roof over Centre Court. “It’s just as if it were my first time” she says to Sporza.

“It’s especially fun to walk around here without a tournament being going on”, a smiling Clijsters tells. “Strangely enough the adjustment went fluently.”

“I used to come here from Roland Garros. Then I needed a couple of days on grass. But I don’t now. It’s also here that everything started for me. My first grand slam and immediately against Steffi Graf.”

Did Clijsters remember what to put in her tennis bag? “Well, it used to be easier. I had to think about it now. What do I have to put in it? Especially with my daughter Jada.”
“Packing my suitcase is a lot more complicated now. I really have think things over, plan more with Jada.”

Clijsters also got offered a wildcard for the tournament, but refused it. “The temptation was pretty big, but on the inside I knew I had to say no. I wouldn’t do my body any good”, Clijsters says realistically.
“I have to come back step by step. After the US Open we’ll see were I am.”
 

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Anyone recording the Wimbly exho?
me, I don't know tho if I'll be able to upload it...
I'll try it tomorrow with megaupload
 

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Kim looking really happy to be there.
 

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Wow!!! How exciting!!! Kim looks GREAT! Really cold though. She was waving to someone in the crowd and I think it was Jada. :) This is so cool!
 

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stream anyone?
 

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2:30pm Event Starts
3pm Mixed Doubles: A. Agassi/S. Graf v T. Henman/K. Clijsters
Men's Singles: A. Agassi v T. Henman
Ladies' Singles: S. Graf v K. Clijsters
 

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The match has begun. Kim looks good. Kim and Tim make a good partnership. Kim hit a winning volley just now. It's a fun match. First game goes to Kim. :D On serve
 

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This sucks :( The streams from myp2p are crap. Can't see anything..keeps buffering. I hppe someone uploads it on you tube!
 

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It's great fun. :D Kim is playing well. Agassi pegged her with a ball though! By accident off a missed first serve, but it looked like it hurt. She said she's okay though.
 
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