sport news SPORTS AGENDA: Tim Henman and family play on empty centre court

Wimbledon may have been cancelled this year but the famous Centre Court was in use last week.

In an unprecedented move, new All England Club chairman Ian Hewitt allowed ordinary members the chance to have a hit on the hallowed turf.

Centre and No 1, usually out of bounds for all but Wimbledon stars, were available for members to book and play on all week.

In an unprecedented move, new All England Club chairman Ian Hewitt allowed ordinary members the chance to play on the hallowed Centre Court

In an unprecedented move, new All England Club chairman Ian Hewitt allowed ordinary members the chance to play on the hallowed Centre Court

Among those taking advantage was former British No 1 Tim Henman, 45, who played doubles with his father and mother, Tony and Jane.

They became familiar faces to millions in the competitors' box during their son's career, but had never before had a chance to hit on the famous court.

Limited help for the EFL? 

Thrifty Premier League clubs will point to the recent announcement of proposed redundancies at Arsenal as justification to ignore calls to provide further financial assistance to their counterparts in the EFL.

The top flight have agreed to advance solidarity payments, but there is scepticism over any additional help, with a feeling that the overspend on wages at many Championship clubs — rather than the Covid crisis — has got them into such a mess.

Journalists left unimpressed 

Sky Sports have won few friends among the media following the cancellation of Sunday Supplement. 

The broadcaster announced last week that the long-running show would not return next season, blaming a tight schedule because of an increased volume of fixtures and the production issues that brings.

Several journalists are said to be disappointed by Sky Sports' axing of Sunday Supplement

Several journalists are said to be disappointed by Sky Sports' axing of Sunday Supplement

Given the show aired on Sunday morning, the explanation has not gone down well with many of those who appeared. Journalists who have featured since football was suspended did so for no fee on the understanding they were helping out and would be paid when things returned to normal.

'A lot of goodwill has gone out of the window,' said one journalist. 'It's a strange decision and an even stranger explanation.'

Bob's Ascot joke that even had the Queen laughing 

Old friends of the late Bob Willis travelled from far and wide last week to the Oval for the socially distanced launch of a book about his life. 

Among the tales in Bob Willis: A Cricketer and a Gentleman is one about when he introduced the Queen to the teams during the 1982 Test against India at Lord's. 

Looking at the crowd, Her Majesty asked why all the people were not at work. This met with a typically dry Willis response: 'You wouldn't be saying that if this was Ascot, Ma'am.'

Warne's spin on lockdown dash 

Viewers of Sky's coverage of England versus Pakistan may have been surprised to hear the Antipodean tones of Shane Warne.

The former Australia spinner hails from Melbourne, which is in lockdown because it is at the epicentre of Australia's new Covid-19 outbreak. Melburnians have been told

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