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There was a ballot for tickets a few weeks ago and a big demand. I'm pleased it got 3 1/2 hours on BBC1 so we could all see it. I must say I'm surprised Venus agreed to play but very glad she did :yeah:
And Kim said she only got the call the day before.

Did someone else drop out?
 

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I think it's entirely possible that Konta was asked and hastily replaced. Any active pro player will have had to have a clause allowing them to prioritise their pro commitments.
 

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They did make an announcement to the crowd during the Venus/Clijsters warmup that they'd just got the news in that Jo had lost the final in Rome (to the sound of a collective "aww" from the Wimbledon audience). Johnny McEnroe was even asked about Jo's clay form and how she's doing. So I think it's very likely Konta was their original choice and they were all surprised she did so well in Rome.
 

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Both Venus and Kim said they got the call the day before, So if Konta was originally going to play who was going to be her opponent?
 

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Look at the crowd! :eek: I did not even hear about this event
I wonder how you got tickets.

I wonder how much the BBC wasted on that old windbag McEnroe.
 

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There was a ballot for tickets a few weeks ago and a big demand. I'm pleased it got 3 1/2 hours on BBC1 so we could all see it. I must say I'm surprised Venus agreed to play but very glad she did :yeah:
I didn't see this before I posted my first question, above.

Was it really on the BBC for 3 and a half hours? :eek:
 

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I didn't see this before I posted my first question, above.

Was it really on the BBC for 3 and a half hours? :eek:
Yes. Wimbledon's about the only major annual sporting event the BBC still have rights to. This was a nice promotion for the tournament to come in July.
 

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Love this! Now, I can’t wait for Wimbledon!
 
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