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Mike Morrissey will be chair umpire for the men's final at Wimbledon for a fifth time. He's quitting as a chair umpire after Wimbledon to become a full-time ITF Grand Slam supervisor.

Morrissey, 35, has also been chair umpire in two Wimbledon women's finals, two Australian Open men's finals and four Davis Cup finals.

Alison Lang, 32, was selected as chair umpire for the women's final between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. She was umpire in the women's doubles final last year.


SIMPLY SMASHING

Serena Williams angrily smashed her racket on the grass court at a pivotal moment during her semifinal win over Amelie Mauresmo, then won three consecutive points with a cracked frame.

The two-time defending champion said she couldn't remember the last time she'd been angry enough to break a racket in a match.

``I cracked tons of rackets in practice,'' she said. ``It's hard to crack a racket on grass.''


NOISE LEVELS

Maria Sharapova has been labeled the ``Queen of Scream'' at Wimbledon.

Sharapova's image was splashed all over British TV and newspapers Friday after the 17-year-old Russian beat Lindsay Davenport in the semifinals and became the third-youngest Wimbledon women's finalist.

The Daily Mail focused on the ``earsplitting shrieks'' that occasionally accompany Sharapova's shots, saying they were among the loudest recorded on Centre Court.

``On her way to victory, the 'Queen of Scream,' as she is deservedly known, reached an astonishing 86.7 decibels,'' the paper reported.

Sharapova said that the ``gruntometer'' used to record her shrieks was ``silly'' and that she wasn't bothered ``what other people are doing with their little machines.''

The Mail said Sharapova's shrieking was louder than a revving motorcycle and equal to a diesel train from 100 feet away.

Sharapova's shrieking is actually much less noticeable than when she first turned pro, but the volume rose during a second-set tiebreaker against Davenport. The Mail described it as ``loud as a screeching gibbon and outdoing the volume expected at a rock concert.''

WIMBLEDOME

The local government council last week approved plans to build a retractable roof over 82-year-old Centre Court at Wimbledon, giving final clearance to a project scheduled to be completed in 2009.

The roof will allow play in weather such as Friday's rain, which disrupted the men's semifinals.

``The club has been looking for some time at this,'' said John Dunningham, chairman of the planning and development committee at the All England Club. ``We have to come into the 21st century.''

Construction is expected to begin in 2006.
 

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They have him cutting up strawberries and pouring on cream now ... the whole umpiring gig just confuses him......
 
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