Wimbledon 2013: Andy Murray limbers up ready to face the man who knocked him out of the Beijing Olympics

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  • Andy Murray, 26, will play Lu Yen-hsun, 26, at around 4pm on C1 today
  • They've met twice before and Lu put out Brit #2 James Ward in round 1
  • Fans are lining up earlier than ever before to pick up show court tickets
  • Sir Bruce Forsyth, Stephen Fry and Mo Farah all watching in Royal Box
  • Michael and Carole Middleton also attend for day three of Wimbledon

By Mark Duell

PUBLISHED: 07:01 EST, 26 June 2013 | UPDATED: 09:26 EST, 26 June 2013

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Andy Murray will continue his quest for Wimbledon glory today with unprecedented British support.

The 26-year-old tennis star will take on Lu Yen-hsun on Court One at around 4pm in a second round clash as he continues his latest bid for success at the tournament in south-west London.

They have met twice before, with Lu, 29 - who beat British number two James Ward in the previous round - inflicting a painful defeat on Murray in the first round of the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Getting ready: Andy Murray of Britain warms up today during a practice session on day three of Wimbledon

Getting ready: Andy Murray of Britain warms up today during a practice session on day three of Wimbledon

Andy Murray of Great Britain warms up during a practice session
Andy Murray at Wimbledon today

Popular: Eager to see Andy Murray (pictured today) beat last year’s result to take the title, fans have been lining up earlier than ever before to pick up tickets for the All England Club’s show courts

Technique: Andy Murray of Great Britain serves next to his coach Ivan Lendl during a practice session today

Technique: Andy Murray of Great Britain serves next to his coach Ivan Lendl during a practice session today

Going for it: Mo Farah attempts to catch a tennis ball from Centre Court, while sitting in the Royal Box in front of Michael and Carole Middleton, the parents of the Duchess of Cambridge, and actor Alessandro Nivola (left)

Going for it: Mo Farah attempts to catch a tennis ball from Centre Court, while sitting in the Royal Box in front of Michael and Carole Middleton, the parents of the Duchess of Cambridge, and actor Alessandro Nivola (left)

Missed it: Mo Farah fails to catch ball in the Royal Box during the women's match between Eugenie Bouchard and Ana Ivanovic. Anthony and Jane Henman, parents of tennis player Tim Henman, sat next to the Middletons

Missed it: Mo Farah fails to catch ball in the Royal Box during the women's match between Eugenie Bouchard and Ana Ivanovic. Anthony and Jane Henman, parents of tennis player Tim Henman, sat next to the Middletons

Eager to see Murray beat last year’s result to take the title, fans have been lining up earlier than ever before to pick up tickets for the All England Club’s show courts.

Hordes of the thousands of supports arriving have faced disappointment after queues for tickets to Centre Court and Court 1 were closed some 24 hours before play was due to start on those lawns.

Murray's competition: Lu Yen-hsun

  • Lu Yen-Hsun
    Age: 29
  • Birthplace: Taiwan
  • Height: 5ft 11in
  • Weight: 11st 9lbs
  • Plays: Right-handed
  • Turned pro: 2001
  • World ranking: 75
  • Career high: 33 ('10)
  • Nickname: 'Rendy'

Each day the All England Club has allocated 500 tickets to people who queue for a seat on Centre Court, Court 1 and Court 2.

But yesterday organisers said more people had lined up outside the ground by 1.15pm than there were tickets to be allocated for the two major show courts.

Today’s high demand could also be due to other key players appearing on the show courts.

Sir Bruce Forsyth, Stephen Fry and Mo Farah all joined the Duchess of Cambridge's parents Carole and Michael Middleton in the Royal Box on Centre Court.

But they will miss out on watching Murray on Court One. Olympic champion Farah had anticipated watching the British hopeful in action and expressed his excitement last night on Twitter.

The parents of the Duchess of Cambridge, Michael and Carole Middleton, arrive on Centre Court
The parents of the Duchess of Cambridge, Michael and Carole Middleton, arrive on Centre Court

Royal box: The parents of the Duchess of Cambridge, Michael and Carole Middleton, arrive on Centre Court

Famous faces: Michael (centre) and Carol Middleton sit near Mo Farah (bottom centre) in the Royal Box

Famous faces: Michael (centre) and Carol Middleton sit near Mo Farah (bottom centre) in the Royal Box

He said: ‘Looking forward to Wimbledon tomorrow, Hope to see Andy Murray play.’

As Farah entered the Royal Box ahead of this afternoon's play, he struck his familiar 'Mobot' pose and waved to the packed Centre Court.

Mum and dad: The Duchess of Cambridge's parents Michael And Carole Middleton arrive at Wimbledon

Mum and dad: The Duchess of Cambridge's parents Michael And Carole Middleton arrive at Wimbledon

The move appeared to delight Anthony Henman - former tennis player Tim Henman's father - who smiled broadly as the Olympian took his seat.

Centre Court spectators, who might have expected to see Murray, are being entertained by Victoria Azarenka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and defending men’s champion Roger Federer.

Second seed Azarenka opens proceedings against Italy’s Flavia Pennetta while Tsonga takes on big-hitting Ernests Gulbis, who upset Tomas Berdych in the first round last year.

Federer is last on court against Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky.  The other matches on Court One feature Fernando Verdasco taking on Julien Benneteau and Petra Kvitova versus Yaroslava Shvedova.

Murray, who has admitted feeling apprehensive ahead of tournaments, took to Twitter to thank fans for their encouragement after his first match, saying: ‘Good to get through today.

‘Always a lot of nerves before the first match. Was nice to be back on Centre Court - thanks for the support again.’

In a further posting, he added: ‘Post match chores: Shower, 10min bike, sushi, 45min physic, 1hr press, 10min ice bath, 5min warm bath, now Mock the Week in bed.’

Writing on his blog yesterday, Murray spoke of the pressure on top players, saying: ‘It’s so tough to keep getting to the latter stages and winning these events all the time.

Posing: Athlete Mo Farah performs the 'Mobot' celebration in the Royal Box on Centre Court during day three

Posing: Athlete Mo Farah performs the 'Mobot' celebration in the Royal Box on Centre Court during day three

Cheers: Andy Murray's mother Judy Murray and Rafael Nadal's uncle Toni Nadal serve coffee to spectators queuing up for tickets for the Wimbledon Championships, as well as answering questions from reporters

Cheers: Andy Murray's mother Judy Murray and Rafael Nadal's uncle Toni Nadal serve coffee to spectators queuing up for tickets for the Wimbledon Championships, as well as answering questions from reporters

Anticipation: Stewards walk fans in during day three of the Wimbledon Championships in south-west London

Anticipation: Stewards walk fans in during day three of the Wimbledon Championships in south-west London

‘The level of play is getting better, guys are continuing to improve, and there’s a lot of pressure as well. Sometimes that can get to you, and the more times you have to deal with it, the harder it can become.'

Grateful: Murray took to Twitter to thank fans for their encouragement after his first Wimbledon match

Grateful: Murray took to Twitter to thank fans for their encouragement after his first Wimbledon match

Yesterday Laura Robson buoyed British hopes, cruising through her first match to beat Maria Kirilenko in straight sets.

Her win, which came after Heather Watson became the seventh Briton to exit the tournament in the first round, prompted Britain’s Silver Jubilee Wimbledon queen Virginia Wade to tip Robson to ‘do something incredible’ at this year’s championships.

Wade, the last British woman to lift the Venus Rosewater dish way back in 1977, told the BBC: ‘I don’t want to put pressure on her, but I think she could really cause some damage in this tournament.’

Prime Minister David Cameron even went out of his way to congratulate Robson, tweeting: ‘Great to hear Laura Robson beat the number 10 seed Maria Kirilenko at Wimbledon.’

But Robson stayed grounded, saying: ‘Virginia always gets quite excited, doesn’t she?’ Of her win, she said: ‘I thought I could win today but I didn’t expect to win.

‘I’d love to win a couple more matches, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I think the next one is going to be really tough, so I’m just focusing on that.’

Robson’s mother missed her opening Wimbledon clash because she was unable to get a dog-sitter, but the teenage star was supported by her older brother Nicholas, 21.

Sir Bruce Forsyth with his wife Wilnelia
Spectators: Broadcaster Stephen Fry and author Kathy Lette are pictured arriving at Wimbledon

Spectators: Presenter Sir Bruce Forsyth and his wife Wilnelia (left) were seen arriving at Wimbledon, as well as broadcaster Stephen Fry and author Kathy Lette (right)

Celebrities galore: Sir Bruce Forsyth (right) speaks to Stephen Fry (left) in the Royal Box on Centre Court

Celebrities galore: Sir Bruce Forsyth (right) speaks to Stephen Fry (left) in the Royal Box on Centre Court

Prepared: People set up camp at Wimbledon today one day in advance to ensure they get entry tomorrow

Prepared: People set up camp at Wimbledon today one day in advance to ensure they get entry tomorrow

Weather forecast: Rain is expected across parts of England tomorrow and Friday, but it will be dry on Saturday

Weather forecast: Rain is expected across parts of England tomorrow and Friday, but it will be dry on Saturday

He has been working at the Championships during his holidays as a court attendant, tasked with dragging the covers over the All England Club lawns between play.

'Post match chores: Shower, 10min bike, sushi, 45min physic, 1hr press, 10min ice bath, 5min warm bath, now Mock the Week in bed'

Andy Murray

Jill Wheelhouse, 56, a teacher from Harrow, north London, lamented the fact that her Centre Court tickets - won in the public ballot - would not enable her to see the British number one.

‘I was so thrilled to get tickets for Centre Court,’ she said. ‘I thought that would mean there was a really good chance we would see Murray play.

‘But unfortunately he is on Court One. This is the first time ever that I've come to Wimbledon and I felt so lucky to get tickets for Centre Court. I was so disappointed.’

Organisers said Wimbledon scheduling is designed to ensure supporters who have paid for tickets on both Court One and Centre Court see some of the top players in action. Murray has played on Court One on four previous occasions and has put in a total of 33 appearances on Centre Court.

Tennis balls 'have travelled more than 50,000 miles before arriving at Wimbledon'

Long journey: The Slazenger balls cover 11 countries and travel across four continents from being manufactured in the Philippines to arriving at SW19

Long journey: The Slazenger balls cover 11 countries and travel across four continents from being manufactured in the Philippines to arriving at SW19

Wimbledon's tennis balls have travelled more than 50,000 miles before they reach the All England Club's courts, according to an expert.

An analysis of the supply chain of the official Slazenger balls found they cover 11 countries and travel across four continents from being manufactured in the Philippines to arriving at SW19.

Mark Johnson, associate professor of operations management at Warwick Business School, said it was one of the longest journeys he had seen for a product.

‘On the face of it, travelling more than 50,000 miles to make a tennis ball does seem fairly ludicrous, but it just shows the global nature of production these days, and in the end, this will be the most cost-effective way of making tennis balls,’ he said.

‘Slazenger are locating production near the primary source of their materials, which if you look at most current supply chains today, is not the case. Before the financial crash when logistics costs were really high a lot of firms did this, but now it is not so common.

‘But the tennis ball provides Slazenger with the perfect synchronisation of materials produced at a very low cost near to the manufacturing labour in the Philippines, which is also at very low cost.’

Slazenger, bought by Sports Direct in 2004, is based at Shirebrook in Derbyshire and has been the official ball supplier for Wimbledon since 1902.

'Travelling more than 50,000 miles to make a tennis ball does seem fairly ludicrous, but it just shows the global nature of production these days'

Mark Johnson, Warwick Business School

Dr Johnson said its supply chain sees clay shipped from South Carolina in the USA, silica from Greece, magnesium carbonate from Japan, zinc oxide from Thailand, sulphur from South Korea and rubber from Malaysia to Bataan in the Philippines where the rubber is made more durable.

Wool shipped from New Zealand to Stroud, Gloucestershire, is weaved into felt then flown back to Bataan, he said. And petroleum naphthalene from Zibo in China and glue from Basilan in the Philippines are brought to Bataan where the ball is manufactured.

Finally tins are shipped in from Indonesia and the balls are packaged then sent to Wimbledon.

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