Queen Elizabeth Makes Rare Wimbledon Appearance
On a day when the longest-ever match was set to restart for the third day, Queen Elizabeth II broke a 33-year absence at Wimbledon by visiting the All England Club on Thursday.
The queen occupied her seat in the Royal Box to witness British hope Andy Murray resume his quest to become the first local player to win Wimbledon since 1977, the year her majesty witnessed Virginia Wade beat Betty Stove to win the centennial edition of the tournament. The queen left not long after Murray and his opponent, Jarkko Nieminen, entered center court.
While focus of the day were on the queen’s visit and the resumption of the John Isner-Nicolas Mahut marathon match, which has lasted 10 hours, men’s top seed Roger Federer was made to work hard for the second-straight match but prevailed just the same.
Federer held off qualifier Ilija Bozoljac, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, to advance to the third round. Venus Williams, a five-time champion at the All England Club, eased past Ekaterina Makarova, 6-0, 6-4, while three-time runner-up Andy Roddick came back from a set down to defeat Michael Llorda, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6.