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Wimbledon stars and fans mark the day the Championships were due to start

It’s the traditional highlight of the tennis year that had been due to be served up today.

Wimbledon may have been cancelled because of the pandemic, but stars and fans are helping to keep the dream alive by recreating great moments – and playing tournaments in gardens.

After announcing Wimbledon was off for the first time since the Second World War, the All England Club encouraged players and fans to ‘bring the tournament to their homes’.

British tennis hero Tim Henman and former Wimbledon champions Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Petra Kvitova and Pat Cash have all played their part.

Verity Webber, 11, who plays at Wimborne Tennis Club, helped to set up a mini-tournament at her grandparents’ farm. She was joined by her friend, Lauren Batchelor, also 11. The two friends are pictured together 

The Matthew family, of Highcliffe, Dorset, arranged games with their tennis-mad children Callum, 14, Freya (left), nine, and Jamie (right), seven

The Matthew family, of Highcliffe, Dorset, arranged games with their tennis-mad children Callum, 14, Freya (left), nine, and Jamie (right), seven

Tim Henman watching one of his own championship games. He made sure he was dressed all in white for the occasion

Tim Henman watching one of his own championship games. He made sure he was dressed all in white for the occasion

American star Miss Williams, 38, practised her killer serve from her garden and Serb Djokovic, 33, repeated his ritual of eating grass – which he has done after each of his five Wimbledon wins.

Aussie legend Cash, 55, marched up garden steps to re-enact his climb into the stands to celebrate after his famous victory in 1987. 

Henman, 45, in his tennis kit, watched one of his classic Wimbledon matches on TV while Czech ace Miss Kvitova, 30, tucked into strawberries and cream.

Meanwhile, fans also recreated the Wimbledon spirit at home – complete with makeshift courts, umpire chairs and, of course, Pimm's, strawberries and cream

Meanwhile, fans also recreated the Wimbledon spirit at home – complete with makeshift courts, umpire chairs and, of course, Pimm’s, strawberries and cream

Henman, 45, in his tennis kit, watched one of his classic Wimbledon matches on TV while Czech ace Miss Kvitova, 30, tucked into strawberries and cream (pictured)

Henman, 45, in his tennis kit, watched one of his classic Wimbledon matches on TV while Czech ace Miss Kvitova, 30, tucked into strawberries and cream (pictured) 

British tennis hero Tim Henman and former Wimbledon champions Serena Williams (pictured), Novak Djokovic, Petra Kvitova and Pat Cash have all played their part

British tennis hero Tim Henman and former Wimbledon champions Serena Williams (pictured), Novak Djokovic, Petra Kvitova and Pat Cash have all played their part

Meanwhile, fans also recreated the Wimbledon spirit at home – complete with makeshift courts, umpire chairs and, of course, Pimm’s, strawberries and cream.

The Matthew family, of Highcliffe, Dorset, arranged games with their tennis-mad children Callum, 14, Freya, nine, and Jamie, seven. 

Mother Karen, 41, said: ‘We’ve added an umpire stand, chalk board and spectator benches to make it feel as if we’re at Wimbledon.’ 

Verity Webber, 11, who plays alongside the Matthew children at Wimborne Tennis Club, helped to set up a mini-tournament at her grandparents’ farm. 

She was joined by her friend, Lauren Batchelor, also 11. Other fans sent in photos to Wimbledon chiefs showing them recreating much-loved viewing point Henman Hill and playing games in DIY courts in tiny gardens.

Aussie legend Cash, 55, marched up garden steps to re-enact his climb into the stands to celebrate after his famous victory in 1987

 Aussie legend Cash, 55, marched up garden steps to re-enact his climb into the stands to celebrate after his famous victory in 1987

A couple of friends recreate their own Wimbledon tournament using a piece of cardboard in their garden

A couple of friends recreate their own Wimbledon tournament using a piece of cardboard in their garden

A view of Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club on a stormy Saturday today. The Championships have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic

A view of Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club on a stormy Saturday today. The Championships have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic

Grass caught: Novak Djokovic grabs turf, repeating his Wimbledon ritual. The tournament will not go ahead this year

Grass caught: Novak Djokovic grabs turf, repeating his Wimbledon ritual. The tournament will not go ahead this year

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