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Stephen Hendry backs Ronnie O"Sullivan to defend World Championship … if he wants to

Hendry backs O'Sullivan to defend World Championship … if he wants to

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

23:50 GMT, 23 February 2013

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UPDATED:

23:50 GMT, 23 February 2013

Stephen Hendry is convinced Ronnie
O'Sullivan would be a serious Crucible contender if he decides to cut
short his break from the sport to defend the World Championship title.

O'Sullivan, 37, will make a statement regarding his future in the sport at a press conference in London at midday on Tuesday.

He has played only one low-profile
match in competition this season, and announced in November he would be
skipping the rest of the campaign for personal reasons.

Title holder: Ronnie O'Sullivan

Title holder: Ronnie O'Sullivan

But there has been speculation almost ever since that O'Sullivan would be unable to resist the temptation to make a bid for a fifth world title.

He has apparently reached a decision, and Hendry expects it to be that O'Sullivan will make a dramatic comeback.

The entry deadline for the World Championship is the end of February, and the scheduling of his press conference for Tuesday – two days before the deadline – has only heightened speculation O'Sullivan will play.

'I would presume that's what it's for but you never know with Ronnie,' Hendry told talkSPORT.

'When I spoke to him last year, I said, “All you'll need is three or four weeks of really good practice … and you'll be well capable of winning it”.

'Maybe play a couple of best-of-19s against some top players and he'll be ready.'

Hendry says it would be positive news for snooker if the Chigwell cueman was ready to return.

Backing Ronnie: Retired snooker legend Stephen Hendry

Backing Ronnie: Retired snooker legend Stephen Hendry

'Absolutely, especially for the other players because you don't want to win the World Championship with the best player not there,' Scotland's seven-time world champion said.

Hendry retired last May, and it remains a possibility that O'Sullivan will say he too is bowing out of snooker on Tuesday.

Jimmy White, who wrote on Twitter on Thursday that he thought O'Sullivan was planning not to play, is now not so sure what to expect.

'Looking at the time frame, probably he will play,' White said. 'Who says he hasn't been practising, who knows that

'He may be saying he's never going to play again, who knows'

White promised: 'If Ronnie does decide to play, I'll go over there and give him some practice games.'

Joe Cole latest: West Ham to beat QPR to Liverpool flop

He's coming home! Kop flop Cole set to chose West Ham over old boss Harry at QPR

By
Matt Fortune

PUBLISHED:

14:36 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:06 GMT, 2 January 2013

West Ham are confident they can beat QPR to the permanent signing of Joe Cole from Liverpool, and want him back at Upton Park in time for the weekend FA Cup tie with Manchester United.

The midfielder has endured a torrid two and a half years since leaving Chelsea, and was farmed out on a season-long loan deal to Lille last season.

Cole's the goal: West Ham look set to beat QPR to the signing of Joe Cole

Cole's the goal: West Ham look set to beat QPR to the signing of Joe Cole

He returned with the hope of forcing himself into Brendan Rodgers' plans, but has once again fallen short of expectation.

Sources at Liverpool are hopeful a deal can be agreed for the severance from the 18 months left on Cole's 90,000-per-week deal. If West Ham want Cole to play this weekend, he must be registered by midday on Friday.

Last week, Harry Redknapp admitted his interest in luring the former England international to Loftus Road

Favourite: Cole broke through at West Ham as a teenager and is still popular

Favourite: Cole broke through at West Ham as a teenager and is still popular

Favourite: Cole broke through at West Ham as a teenager and is still popular

'I’ve got a lot of time for Joe as a
player and as a person,' said Redknapp, of the player who have him his
competitive debut in 1998. 'I’d like to bring Joe here if I can but the
deal would have to be right for the club.

'We couldn’t do a deal as it [Cole’s
wages] is at Liverpool. I’ll have to speak to Brendan Rodgers. We’ll
have a chat when the time’s right.'

But now the Hammers, Cole's first
club, have jumped ahead of their London rivals in the race for a player
with 56 international caps to his name.

The No 26 shirt, worn by Cole during his time in east London is currently vacant in Sam Allardyce's squad.

But what will Harry say: Cole get his chance under old boss Redknapp

But what will Harry say: Cole get his chance under old boss Redknapp

Huntingdon Boxing Day races abandoned

Heavy rain forces Huntingdon to join Southwell on Boxing Day races casualty list

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UPDATED:

16:45 GMT, 23 December 2012

Boxing Day's meeting at Huntingdon has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track.

Officials were left with a straightforward call after inspecting the course shortly before midday on Sunday.

The Cambridgeshire venue is partly flooded following 16 millimetres of rainfall on Saturday. More rain has also been forecast.

Rained off: Huntingdon is another victim of the inclement weather

Rained off: Huntingdon is another victim of the inclement weather

Clerk of the course Sulekha Varma said: 'We called the inspection for tomorrow initially this morning when it was still dark with a view that at least people could double declare on the basis there was an inspection time here.

'Once the sun came up and we had a good look around it gradually became apparent it was going to be impossible to get rid of the water and turn around the site to have it fit and ready for racing.

'We are devastated, having lost three meetings in a row now. It's been a trying year.'

Chelsea auction signed poppy shirts on ebay

Chelsea put signed poppy shirts on ebay in bid to raise money for club's foundation

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UPDATED:

12:45 GMT, 14 November 2012

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Chelsea's first-team squad have signed and put their poppy embroidered shirts worn for Remembrance Sunday on ebay.

From goalscorer John Terry to Oscar and everyone else who featured in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge have made their special shirt available to the 'Chelsea Foundation' account.

The account says it 'is a registered charity which uses the power of football to provide sport, health, education and environmental initiatives throughout our communities.'

Up for grabs: Chelsea have signed and made their poppy shirts available on ebay

Up for grabs: Chelsea have signed and made their poppy shirts available on ebay

Over the weekend, all 20 Premier League clubs supported the British Legion's Poppy Appeal with the logo either ironed on or embroidered on the chest.

It had been agreed that all clubs would put the shirts up for auction with the proceeds being donated to the Poppy Appeal.

The British Legion have made themselves available to list the items on their own site, though are happy for clubs to undertake their own promotional activity around the shirts.

Chelsea have listed all 21 shirts, with one of the most popular of – Juan Mata's – reaching almost 2,000 by midday on Wednesday.

The move comes just 24 hours after chief executive Ron Gourlay admitted the club had to improve their image after a series of race rows cast a shadow over Stamford Bridge.

He said: 'There are things that have happened that damaged the image. There are bullet prints in our armor. We have learned from the mistakes we have made.

'Hopefully the football club is in a
good position to push forward now. I think people like the way they are
seeing Chelsea play football now, and that’s very important because it
portrays itself as the image of the club.'

Support: Oscar and Eden Hazard were among the vast Premier League contingent to wear shirts embroidered with the British Legion logo

Support: Oscar and Eden Hazard were among the vast Premier League contingent to wear shirts embroidered with the British Legion logo

Support: Oscar and Eden Hazard were among the vast Premier League contingent to wear shirts embroidered with the British Legion logo

Across London, the shirt worn by Lukas Podolski when he scored in Arsenal's draw with Fulham, has also been made available in a silent auction.

The British Legion expect to top the 46million poppies distributed in 2011, and hope to raise 42m, 2m more than the record set last year.

The money raised is spent on direct, practical care and support for military families, with 165,000 people expected to be affected this year.

Not for me: James McClean

Not for me: James McClean

Controversial Sunderland winger James McClean refused to wear a poppy in the 2-1 defeat at Everton, despite his club's leading the way in acknowledging the annual event.

The Londonderry-born Republic of Ireland international asked to wear his usual shirt when he was recalled by Martin O'Neill.

Sunderland manager O'Neill, who was also born and brought up in Derry, and played for Northern Ireland, wore a poppy on his post-match suit but did not wear one on his training kit during the defeat.

A club spokesman said: 'As a club Sunderland AFC wholeheartedly supports the Remembrance Commemorations. It was James’ personal choice not to wear a shirt on this occasion.'

Everton sign Thomas Hitzlsperger, "Der Hammer", on short-term deal

Der Hammer time: Everton sign German hot-shot Hitzlsperger on short-term deal

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UPDATED:

12:28 GMT, 19 October 2012

Everton have confirmed the signing of midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger on a
short-term contract until January.

The 30-year-old midfielder, nicknamed 'Der Hammer' due to his long-range shooting prowess, has been snapped up by Everton boss David Moyes.

Hitzlsperger's has signed a short-term contract until January at Goodison Park, subject to international clearance.

Der Hammer: former West Ham and Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has joined Everton on a short-term deal

Der Hammer: former West Ham and Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has joined Everton on a short-term deal

The former Aston Villa and West Ham
star, who has 52 Germany caps but has not featured in national colours
since 2010, has been without a club since leaving Wolfsburg in the
summer.

Everton confirmed
the deal this afternoon and are hopeful that because the contract was
signed before today's midday deadline he will be available to David
Moyes for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash at QPR.

Thomas Hitzlsperger, Germany's midfielder celebrates scoring against Slovakia during their Euro 2008 qualifier match 06 June 2007 in Hamburg

Thomas Hitzlsperger of West Ham United celebrates scoring the equalising goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Blackburn on May 7, 2011

International class: Hitzlsperger has played 52 times for Germany
(left) and made 11 appearances during a brief spell at West Ham (right)

HITZLSPERGER'S STATS

2001–2005 Aston Villa 99apps (8gls)
2001 Chesterfield (loan) 5 (0)
2005–2010 VfB Stuttgart 125 (20)
2010 Lazio 6 (1)
2010–2011 West Ham United 11 (2)
2011–2012 VfL Wolfsburg 6 (0)

Hitzlsperger managed only two league starts in the Bundesliga last season after he suffered a knee injury.

In a bid to earn a deal at Goodison Park, Hitzlsperger has been training with the Toffees and played 90 minutes for the Under-21 side on October 8.

Moyes has moved for the 30-year-old after it was confirmed that Marouane Fellaini will miss the next three weeks with a knee injury, while he is also without Darron Gibson with a thigh injury.

Hitzlsperger has earned 52 caps for his country and made 208 league appearances since his senior debut for Aston Villa in January 2001.

Midfield boost: Der Hammer joins Everton stars Marouane Fellaini (right), Nikica Jelavic (centre) and Steven Pienaar at Goodison Park

Midfield boost: Der Hammer joins Everton stars Marouane Fellaini (right), Nikica Jelavic (centre) and Steven Pienaar at Goodison Park

England fans show Bulldog spirit in Poland

Fans show Bulldog spirit but feel the pain after Poland clash is rescheduled

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UPDATED:

21:44 GMT, 17 October 2012

Plac Zamkowy, Warsaw’s historic hub, was bathed in watery autumn sunlight and busy with tourists as midday chimed.

A group of schoolchildren gathered around Sigismund’s Column to pose for a photograph before visiting the Royal Castle.

Others burrowed down the cobbled streets towards the old-town Market Square, past the mime artists, human statues and those hawking business for restaurants and bars.

All smiles: England fans take in the sights in Warsaw ahead of the match

All smiles: England fans take in the sights in Warsaw ahead of the match

Weather beaten: An England fan with his ticket which was destroyed in the rain

Weather beaten: An England fan with his ticket which was destroyed in the rain

Across the River Vistula, the National Stadium glistened, blissfully unaware it had become the focus of what Polish papers called a ‘National Scandal’.
Inside, the grass was being mown and the tarpaulin roof had been re-opened to help the pitch air. Later it was closed, as if the roof controller was making up for lost time.

In the city centre, with five hours to kick-off, there was little evidence that this was a big match day. England flags hung outside the Bulldog pub but the anticipation was not building.

Some England supporters were trying to work out if it was better to watch the first half and miss the second as they travelled to the airport, or go early to the airport and see the whole game on TV. Others were long gone.

Many were seeking help to re-arrange flights or trying to claim back their 40 ticket, as the FA had promised they could do.

In fact, England’s players have joined with the FA to part-fund the fans’ money-back scheme as a sign of their appreciation for their away support.

Heading home: Some England fans left Warsaw after the rain on Tuesday

Heading home: Some England fans left Warsaw after the rain on Tuesday

Scott Thompson was one of a group of Stockport County fans who had always planned to stay until Thursday but still something rankled about the fact a World Cup tie in a new 400million stadium with a retractable roof had been postponed for rain.

‘We went to watch Stockport at Southport and it was raining but they borrowed a blotter from Lancashire cricket club and got the game on,’ said Thompson. ‘We were in Belarus when it was -14C on a rubbish pitch and they played.

‘The English are used to things going wrong with the weather. We were at Bristol Rovers one night when a game was called off at 7.40pm, five minutes before kick-off.

‘The worst thing with this was the lack of information. They had a state-of-the-art screen, so why not use it to get information across I found out on Twitter. They got it all so wrong.’

Resolute: Around 800 fans stayed in Warsaw to watch England play Poland

Resolute: Around 800 fans stayed in Warsaw to watch England play Poland

Inside the stadium, as the game kicked off under a big top, keeping the sunshine at bay, there were more than 50 St George flags on display and 800 people rattling around inside the section for visiting supporters.

There were many empty seats in the Polish end, too, left by those fans who had travelled from different parts of the country or could not get time off work at short notice.

Kevin Miles of the Football Supporters’ Federation, called for a FIFA inquiry to make sure it does not happen again.

‘We want the process to be examined and questioned,’ said Miles. ‘Never again should we have hundreds and thousands sent home from an expensive trip without seeing a ball kicked.’

England fans were praised by Polish police.

There were eight arrests after the game, for bottle-throwing and damaging police vehicles, but the night seemed to pass without major incident.

London 2012 Olympics sailing: Men and women both win silver in 470 class

Silver service: Happy men and tearful women finish second in sailing 470 class

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12:37 GMT, 10 August 2012

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Great Britain's men and women had to settle for silver in Friday's 470 class events.

The boys, Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell, were pleased with their medal but Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark were disappointed.

The men's pair came into the re-arranged medal race with second-place assured and still eyeing top spot, which they hoped to wrestle off Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page.

Patience and Bithell needed at least one boat in between them and the Australians to take gold, but, after an impressive start, lost ground on their rivals, who finished ahead of the home favourites to claim the victory.

Medal men: Great Britain's Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell (front) celebrate silver

Medal men: Great Britain's Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell (front) celebrate silver

The medal race was originally due to take place yesterday, but light winds on the course saw it delayed until midday Friday.

There was only six knots of wind this afternoon but racing got under way as planned, with Patience and Bithell making the better start.

After chasing Belcher and Page during the pre-start, the British pair enjoyed a successful first leg and rounded the windward mark in the lead with Croatia second and their rivals in third.

Sailing silver winners

Australia won gold (left)

Sail away: The boys delight in their second place finish

However, the Australians proved why they are world champions by overtaking Patience and Bithell downwind to round the bottom mark in the lead.

Britain were behind Croatia's Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic in third, but responded well with aggressive sailing to bring the fleet back in.

They rounded the third mark in fourth, though, and saw their hopes of gold fade when they had to do a penalty turn for pumping the sails in the light winds.

Patience and Bithell rounded the final mark in fourth and could only watch on as Croatia won the medal race and Belcher and Page crossed the line second to secure gold – Australia's third of the sailing regatta.

'We tried it, we got the better of them at the start and just managed to just sneak ahead,' Bithell told BBC Sport.

Waiting to go: Patience and Bithell at the start

Waiting to go: Patience and Bithell at the start

'Unfortunately we sneaked ahead of the rest of the fleet as well. We had hoped they would be there as well.

'They sailed a fantastic race, we tried to attack them when we could and hats off to them. They held their nerve and are worthy champions. We're happy with second.'

Patience echoed those sentiments, adding: 'It's been three years, four years of hard work together and we're here standing on an Olympic podium.

'It's not gold but there's plenty of time. We're young boys and we'll be coming back and we'll mean business next time around yet again.

'For now, enjoy the moment. Stuart's an absolute legend and we're happy, happy boys. What a week. Regatta of our lives. What a place. We're in paradise, aren't we It's cool – so cool.'

It was another second place finish in the women's event, with New Zealand cruising to gold. Mills and Clark knew they would get a silver medal if they beat their rivals but could not manage it.

Meanwhile Holland picked up the bronze medal.

More to follow.

Ronnie O"Sullivan to play in UK Championship after resolving contract issues

O'Sullivan to play in UK Championship after resolving issues with snooker chiefs

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UPDATED:

09:55 GMT, 7 August 2012

World snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has settled his differences with the sport's governing body and is set to return to the main tour.

The 36-year-old announced after landing his fourth Crucible title that he intended to take a lengthy break.

It later emerged that the unavailability of appearance money was a factor in his refusal to sign a World Snooker players' contract, which he said was 'too onerous'.

Glad to be back: World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has returned to snooker

Glad to be back: World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has returned to snooker

He has missed ranking tournaments in China and Australia.

Today, at midday, was the deadline for O'Sullivan to sign and be eligible for December's UK Championship in York.

His management company Grove announced on Twitter: 'Good news. @ronnieo147 may be playing again. Contract clarified. Uk and international in china entered.'

O'Sullivan added: 'Happy to be back in snooker. See you all soon xx'

After beating Ali Carter 18-11 in the World Championship final on May 7, O'Sullivan said: 'I work as hard as anyone in snooker and I just want to be treated fairly.

'That's up to the governing body to treat players right.'

The growth of the professional tour since Barry Hearn stepped in as World Snooker chairman in December 2009 has been a factor in O'Sullivan's growing frustration.

He said in May there were 'certain pressures that I can't do with anymore', and the calendar becoming become crammed with tournaments carrying world ranking points had meant there was added pressure to appear everywhere.

Hearn's contention is that snooker has never offered so many opportunities for players to earn.

Last season O'Sullivan, the sport's guaranteed crowd-puller, was close to falling out of the top 16 and having to go through qualifying to reach round one of the World Championship.

And while he eventually made the cut and his world title lifted him to ninth, by remaining inactive since then the Essex-based cueman has slipped to 15th place.

His return to top-level snooker is set to come at the new International Championship in China, which runs from October 28 to November 4, offering a top prize of 125,000 and the same number of ranking points as the UK Championship.

Wimbledon 2012: Andy Murray beats Marin Cilic

Murray forgets frustration of rain delays to blow Cilic away and reach quarter-finals

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13:46 GMT, 3 July 2012

Andy Murray beat the rain and Marin Cilic to book his place in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for a fifth successive year.

The pair had been forced off yesterday with the fourth seed leading 7-5 3-1 and endured more disruption today before Murray clinched a 7-5 6-2 6-3 victory under leaden skies on Court One.

The Scot had looked nervy at the start on Monday but was much more fluent on resumption of play and moved smoothly through to a last-eight meeting with David Ferrer –

Job done: Andy Murray beat Marin Cilic to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon

Job done: Andy Murray beat Marin Cilic to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon

Murray's absence from Centre Court had
caused some controversy yesterday but the 25-year-old did not feel he
had been unfairly treated.

He said: 'I don't care which court I
play on. It makes no difference. Any player would rather play on Centre
because it's got the roof so you'll get your match in.

'But I don't deserve to play every
match on Centre, I just wish the weather was a bit better. I think I'll
probably play on Centre.'

The players returned to Court One as
scheduled at midday but it began to spit with rain just as umpire Carlos
Bernardes called time.

Not again! The umbrellas went up soon after the resumption of Murray's match on Tuesday afternoon

Not again! The umbrellas went up soon after the resumption of Murray's match on Tuesday afternoon

Blown away: No 16 seed Cilic was no match for the impressive Murray on Court 16

Blown away: No 16 seed Cilic was no match for the impressive Murray on Court 16

There was a brief delay before it was decided they could begin, and Murray needed only one point to move into a 4-1 lead.

Cilic then held serve before Bernardes
decided the rain was too persistent and they went off court again after
barely five minutes of play and only six points.

The rain did not last long but there
were plenty of showers around and it was not until 1.05pm that the
players returned to court.

It began to spit again as they warmed
up but there were no further delays and Murray easily held his serve to
love to move 5-2 in front.

Brit of alright: Murray stretches for a ball on Court No 1 on Tuesday afternoon

Brit of alright: Murray stretches for a ball on Court No 1 on Tuesday afternoon

Andy's girls: Murray's mum, Judy, and girlfriend, Kim Sears, in the stands at the All England Club

Andy's girls: Murray's mum, Judy, and girlfriend, Kim Sears, in the stands at the All England Club

The Scot looked confident and was
hitting much more freely than yesterday, and a combination of backhand
and forehand winners took him to set point on the Cilic serve.

With the rain falling again he took it
with another backhand return right at the feet of Cilic that the
Croatian could only paddle into the net.

The world number four lost his
concentration a touch at the start of the third set and four times found
himself break point down, but each time a big serve got him out of
trouble and he held on.

It was raining increasingly heavily
and the players had an extended sit in their chairs at the change of
ends, but they did not leave the court and were soon under way again.

Pop star: The Saturdays' member Molly King (right) watched Murray's impressive win over Cilic

Pop star: The Saturdays' member Molly King (right) watched Murray's impressive win over Cilic

What's going on Murray speaks to the umpire as rain starts to fall again on Tuesday

What's going on Murray speaks to the umpire as rain starts to fall again on Tuesday

Murray was so confident he finished
the third game with a second serve ace and then promptly broke again, a
running forehand pass banging another nail in Cilic's coffin.

Cilic, the 16th seed, had gone into
the clash on an eight-match winning streak on grass after lifting the
AEGON Championships trophy at Queen's Club but he looked to have little
appetite for a fightback.

He did save four break points in the
sixth game to deny Murray a 5-1 lead, but it was only a temporary
reprieve and the Scot clinched an impressive victory after two hours and
10 minutes when Cilic netted a backhand.

All the shots: British No 1 Murray hits a backhand during his demolition of the Croatian

All the shots: British No 1 Murray hits a backhand during his demolition of the Croatian

Great Scot: Murray looked comfortable despite all of the stoppages due to persistent rain

Great Scot: Murray looked comfortable despite all of the stoppages due to persistent rain

Put it there: The two competitors shake hands at the end of the three-set match

Put it there: The two competitors shake hands at the end of the three-set match

Wimbledon 2012: Andy Murray and Marin Cilic to conclude on Tuesday

Rain forces Murray's match with Cilic to go into day two after bizarre decision to put out Brit on Court No 1

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UPDATED:

19:36 GMT, 2 July 2012

Andy Murray's fourth-round Wimbledon tussle with Marin Cilic will go into a second day after rain brought an early end to matches on all courts except Centre Court.

British number one Murray, surprisingly scheduled on Court One, was left waiting for almost three hours before learning there would be no resumption tonight of his match against Croatian Cilic.

Murray led 7-5 3-1 and by 40-love on
serve in the fifth game of the second set, having recovered from a slow
start to the contest.

All over for the day: Andy Murray was forced off court as the rain came down

All over for the day: Andy Murray was forced off court as the rain came down

He was seen leaving the grounds immediately after the announcement there would be no further play.

There had been speculation Murray and Cilic would move to continue under the closed roof on Centre, however Novak Djokovic's win against Victor Troicki proved to be the last action of the day.

On top: Andy Murray is up a set and a break against Marin Cilic

On top: Andy Murray is up a set and a break against Marin Cilic

The forecast late-afternoon rain arrived at Wimbledon shortly before 5pm.

There had been morning fears that no play would be possible at all apart from on Centre Court, with poor weather predicted for most of the day, one of the busiest of the Championships on which all the fourth-round singles matches were scheduled to be played.

Good feeling: Murray was ahead against Cilic before the rain came

Good feeling: Murray was ahead against Cilic before the rain came

Murray and Cilic will be first on Court No 1 on Tuesday, tournament organisers announced. Play on Centre and Court No 1 will start at midday, an hour earlier than usual, in an attempt to deal with the backlog of matches.