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Wimbledon: People's Sunday pulls in the crowds at SW19

Pimm's flowed on Henman Hill early yesterday as fans flocked to SW19 for the first Wimbledon People's Sunday in 12 years.

Some 22,000 tickets were snapped up in less than half an hour after going on sale at 3pm on Saturday, and tennis aficionados got to the All England Tennis Club as early as they could to make the most of the extra day.

By 9.45am Henman Hill - or Murray Mound, as fans of the Scot prefer it - was awash with the sound of Champagne corks being popped and couples happily devouring strawberries in the sun.

With Novak Djokovic out in a shock third-round defeat to American Sam Querrey, Murray is now favourite with the bookmakers to lift the men's singles trophy next Sunday.

Fans will enjoy a bumper day of action today, with Federer, Serena Williams and Murray all in action on Centre Court.

American Allison Creekmore flew more than 3,000 miles from her home in New York for a whistlestop tour of Wimbledon after snapping up a ticket on Saturday.

The 41-year-old said: "It was crazy. I'm not necessarily a spontaneous person, and it might be one of the craziest things I've ever done."

Early arrivals included Caroline Burnett, her boyfriend Justin Bourke and friend Frances Rikard-Bell. Ms Burnett and Mr Bourke secured Centre Court tickets, while Ms Rickard-Bell got a grounds pass. She said: "It's a great sweetener to the really wet week. I came on Tuesday and it got washed out at 6pm and suspended, so this is an unexpected pleasure."

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