Only in Wimbledon does one have a tradition of public acknowledement of prominent people in attendance. An admirer of good tennis in general and of Federer's artistry in particular, Sachin was there at centre court with former England skipper Andrew Strauss. Their names were announced to a round of mild clapping and polite stares.
FILE - This is a Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009 file photo of England's captain Andrew Strauss as he holds the Ashes urn after England won the Ashes Series against Australia by 2 test matches to 1, on the fourth day of the fifth cricket test match between England and Australia at The Oval cricket ground in London. England test captain Andrew Strauss retired from all forms of cricket ending a distinguished 14-year career in which he led his country to home-and-away Ashes series wins and to the top of the test rankings for the first time.
England's Andrew Strauss holds the mace after being awarded it for becoming the number one test cricket team in the world, after winning in their fourth test match against India, at The Oval cricket ground in London.
England captain Andrew Strauss, second left, celebrates with team mates Graeme Swann, second right, and Matt Prior after beating India in the third test match at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham, England.
Praveen Kumar, left, celebrates after taking the wicket of England's captain Andrew Strauss, right, caught by Suresh Raina, bottom, for 32 on the first day of their cricket test match at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham, England.
England captain Andrew Strauss is cheered by fans as he leaves the field after the fourth Ashes cricket test against Australia at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia. England won by an innings an 157 runs and retain the Ashes.
England captain Andrew Strauss, left, and Australian captain Ricky Ponting hold the ashes before the start of the 1st Test in the Ashes Tour between England and Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.
Andrew Strauss bats as Indian wicketkeeper Mahendar Singh Dhoni during the sixth ODI match in Jamshedpur. England won the sixth ODI against India in Jamshedpur by five wickets, registering their first victory in the series as Andrew Strauss was named the Man of the Match for his power-packed innings of 74 in 85 balls. Earlier, Dhoni (96) rescued India from an inexplicable batting collapse and slammed 10 fours and three sixes in his 106-ball knock to lift the home team from a sorry-reading 79 for 5 to 223 all out in 48 overs. With the target not enough to challenge, England comfortably made 227 for five in 42.4 overs to break India's golden run of eight wins on the trot.