Andy Roddick isn't one to wear flashy jewelry on court.
Instead the 20-year-old wears a rubber band around his wrist. "I'm stepping it up in the jewelry department," he said. "You can buy 100 of them for 50 cents."
And Roddick's been through several.
"They get a little loose," he said. "You have to throw a new one on there every once in a while. You got to keep it tight. Can't have any looseness going on."
Meanwhile, coach Brad Gilbert has been wearing his lucky hat since Roddick played, and won, the Wimbledon tuneup event at Queens. The brown fisherman style hat has the logo for heavy metal band "Metallica" written on it.
"I put it on when he played the first match and he hasn't lost since," Gilbert said. "(Metallica drummer) Lars is a really good buddy of mine, and his father Torben made the quarters here twice so he was a legend. I'm paying homage to him."
Actually Torben Ulrich only made the third round at Wimbledon, in 1956, '58 and '70.
It hasn't been a good month for Lleyton Hewitt. First he became only the second defending champion since 1967 to lose in the opening round of Wimbledon, crashing out to Ivo Karlovic. Now his ranking has gone downhill.
In three weeks, Hewitt's world ranking has slipped from No. 1 to No. 5 and could slip down another place if Andy Roddick wins the title.
300 AND COUNTING
Martina Navratilova played her 300th match at Wimbledon Friday _ but it didn't end in celebrations. Navratilova and doubles partner Svetlana Kuznetsova lost their quarterfinals match against Kim Clijsters and Ai Sugiyama 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
Navratilova, a nine-time singles champion at Wimbledon, has also won the women's doubles title five times with Pam Shriver, once with Billie Jean King and once with Chris Evert.
But the 46-year-old still has a chance to win at Wimbledon this year _ she's in the mixed doubles quarterfinals with India's Leander Paes.
The London Times saw fit to run an editorial Friday lamenting the loss of Tim Henman in the quarterfinals. The editorial _ titled "Always Next Year" _ points out the virtue of suffering, which the British have since 1936 when Fred Perry was the last Englishman to win Wimbledon.
"A nation will awake this morning in a state of pain and anguish. Much of this will be physical, the consequence of fingers crossed for far too long, stomach muscles and bladders held in an unnatural fashion."
HAPPY JULY 4
The Royal Box had an U.S tinge to it on American Independence Day.
U.S Tennis Association president Alan Schwartz was in the Royal Box as was his predecessor Merv Heller. The Royal Box list handed to reporters Friday was titled "Independence Day!".
Mark Philippoussis is the seventh semifinalist from Australia in the past eight years ... The Sun's headline: "Now we know summer's really here. It's raining. And Tim Henman's out of Wimbledon." ... Serena Williams is 4-11 favorite with British bookmaker William Hill to beat sister Venus in the Wimbledon final. Venus is 2-1.