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Right to celebrate?

Helen Skelton | 13:54 UK time, Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Tsvetana Pironkova celebrates winning a point against Venus WilliamsTsvetana Pironkova saw off Marion Bartoli and indulged herself with at least ten minutes of picture taking, hand shaking, ball signing and general chatting with the crowds who watched her book a place in the quarter finals.

Fast forward to the quarter final victory over Venus Williams and Prionkova disappeared off the court sharpish. Why? This is her most succesful grand slam to date and I don't think anyone would begrudge her a little bit of celebrating.

I'm not saying go daft and rub your opponent's nose in it, but surely having the crowd on side helps and applauding them after the match is a gracious and sensible thing to do? Then again maybe I'm missing the point and she had to use the bathroom or people to meet.

Helen Skelton is one half of the Wimbledon with Tarango and Skelton podcast and is reporting from Wimbledon on 5 live throughout the fortnight.
You can see videos, photos and other highlight from the tournament on our Wimbledon website


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  • Comment number 3.

    Any truth in the rumour that next year's coverage of Wimbledon on 5 live is going to be changed again with Adrian Van Klaveren is thinking of replacing John McEnroe on 6 love 6 with Basil Brush? Or perhaps he will diminish the roles of experienced broadcasters or ex-tennis professionals such as Jonathan Overend and Michael Stich and replace them with Dick and Dom.

  • Comment number 4.

    Got the impression that the (truly professional) Clare Balding might have been a teensy weensy bit fed-up with the (truly awful) Richard Bacon this afternoon - and quite possibly EVERY afternoon that the poor woman has had this imbecile inflicted on her this week at Wimbledon. She is, of course, far too well mannered and professional to let it show too much but naunces could be detected. Helloooo A V-K! We know you think Bacon is 'cutting edge' etc but surely even YOU can see that the audience that listens for the Wimbledon coverage aren't the same as the late night listeners that are Bacon's natural audience. What a mistake putting him at Wimbledon.

  • Comment number 5.

    The tragedy of Bacon's presence at Wimbledon is he simply isn't needed, clearly knows absolutely nothing about tennis (or lots of things for that matter) so resorts to the inevitable text or twitter. Yesterday's 'topic' was tell us anything you know about someone you know who is Scottish? Good grief. Does he not have a producer who cautions him on such crass idiocy?

    His positioning in the afternoon slot is becoming more and more a terrible mistake. Can the controller not hear this or is he blind to comment and constructive criticism? Actually, I think we know the answer.

  • Comment number 6.

    I think if Mr Controller ever read the blog he would interject here now with words like, "accessible", "entertainment" and "big personality".

    Spare us!

  • Comment number 7.

    "Best Wimbledon ever". Is that because you were there, Richard?

  • Comment number 8.

    My son mentioned to me earlier today that possibly the worst radio broadcasting he'd heard was Richard Bacon a couple of days ago at Wimbledon parading Alexander Armstrong amongst the spectators asking them "do you know who this man is"? I, luckily, missed this gem but my son said it was appalling. People apparently replied in the negative so Bacon carried on around asking the same question. How crass, how puerile, how stupid. My son is 23 btw so falls into the age category that A V-K wants. Unfortunately for A V-K though, he thinks certain aspects of 5 Live's output (Bacon in general and Bacon at Wimbledon in particular) is dross.

    Also - why does Bacon have to read every text, twitter or email out with the preface 'Richard'? We know it's addressed to you; just read out the banal content.

  • Comment number 9.

    Hi Sarnia,

    The aforementioned Alexander Armstrong/Richard Bacon gem is available as a video on 5 live's Wimbledon website: 5 live's Wimbledon mini-site

    You'll find it in the videos box on the right-hand side.

  • Comment number 10.

    I think Richard Bacon's great. I mean, who on earth wants to hear actual commentary on a semi-final? Much better to hear good old RB reading out texts on the subject of "Tell us a fact about someone you know called Vera" and very occasionally letting Russell Fuller tell us what the score is.

  • Comment number 11.

    Well I did once know someone called Vera and she had 3 children.........

  • Comment number 12.

    Err - thanks Ellie (?).

    Pat - heard your text re: insider knowledge that Vera from Corrie is related to Prince Charles. Frankly, I'm surprised that you didn't know that Vera is not real; and not only that but that she is no more. Agree with your comments about the pesky semi-final commentary getting into the way of Richard reading out even more texts...

  • Comment number 13.

    Pat Shed as I live and breathe.

    Truth is no-one can do Wimbledon like John Inverdale and basically if I hear one more faux celeb saying they have never been to Wimbledon before (but are there now because I have paid for their ticket via the licence fee), I may scream.

    My real name is Vera. Not really.

  • Comment number 14.

    Can someone tell me which of the following categories "Tell us a fact about someone you know called Vera" falls into: News or Sport or Entertainment.

  • Comment number 15.

    The Wimbledon coverage is reviewed on the Guardian Online TV and radio pages today.

  • Comment number 16.

    I've heard a rumour that Richard Bacon is replacing Jonathan Agnew, Henry, and CMJ on Test Match Special.
    What a relief......maybe the folks who listen to TMS will have more clout than the poor sods who have to endure his nonsense on Radio 5 and will have him banished for ever.
    The prospect of Mr Bacon asking TMS listeners to text in regarding whether or not they have ever seen an Australian cricketer licking an ice lolly is almost worth waiting for!

  • Comment number 17.

    Bacon, obviously, can't help it. But anyone who works on his programme should be ashamed and embarrassed - if it were'nt for the fat salaries

  • Comment number 18.

    And the good news is that Richard Bacon is getting rewarded with a new Sunday morning show. So its official 5 live is now the Bacon and Murray station.

  • Comment number 19.

    I see Foggity will be making use of her BBC freebie ticket later today. If she had any morals she'd go out onto Henman Hill and give it to a true tennis fan.

  • Comment number 20.

    Was about to say the same thing. The other day when I heard Shelagh saying she was going to Wimbledon today, I thought perhaps she had decided to go and queue for a ticket just like the rest of the tennis loving world, but no, she has the BBC freebie of the day. All she has to do is giggle with the guests and listen to people talking about their favourite commentaries. Pretty cheap hour actually.

  • Comment number 21.

    I can't understand why I liked the work Nicky Campbell did in South Africa, but don't like the stuff Richard Bacon is doing at Wimbledon. Essentially they are the same, talking to the crowd, discussing the matches etc. I think it may be because of the time when the programmes are. When Nicky was on, there was no action happening, but when Richard is on it is just getting in the way of the sport taking place.

  • Comment number 22.

    Another sporting event ruined.Last year 5 live was superb at Wimbledon with Simon and Clare and it was more enjoyable to listen to it than to watch it on TV.
    Thank goodness for BBC TV this year though because I can't stomach Richard Bacon.
    Why is this vacuous,self-important,unfunny and talentless man being allowed such prominence on national radio.It's a total disgrace.

  • Comment number 23.

    Must get Rob Lowe on the programme. Sorry, he's not available but we've found Bjorn Borg instead. Who's he?

  • Comment number 24.

    Spot on robbo06 - am about to get into my car but will tune into another station - as simply cannot bear listening to Bacon whitter on any more. Wimbledon's radio coverage TOTALLY ruined - what a crying shame.

  • Comment number 25.

    5 live - The world cup station!
    Er, unless someone does okay for us in the tennis...then you'll have to get hold of a digital radio to listen to the most eagerly awaited match for 26 years - Brazil vs Holland.

  • Comment number 26.

    Too much gossip by far today - who cares if Elizabeth Hurley has never been to some European Open tennis or not?

    But what I am shocked about is Clare Balding and some fellow journalists talking about the fact none of them knew precisely where Uruguay is - how extraordinary that they could even admit that on air. Truly shallow, all of it, and an insult to the commentary team who tried their best against trivia and gossip odds outweighing them.

  • Comment number 27.

    Carrie, most of the 5Live team don't seem to know the South West and North East of England even exists so not knowing where Uruguay is a comparatively minor crime.

  • Comment number 28.

    Didn't Victoria Derbyshire think Monaco was an island?

  • Comment number 29.

    Indeed she did.

    I heard Colin Murray ask a caller from Malvern yesterday if he had a spring near where he lived because he (Colin) drank bottled Malvern water.

    Ho hum.

  • Comment number 30.

    Its like the old message board this. Poor Helen no one has actually replied to her blog.

  • Comment number 31.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 32.

    That keen and knowledgeable tennis enthusiast Victoria Derbyshire was at Wimbledon yesterday. Lucky her, she must have won a ticket in the ballot at her local tennis club.

  • Comment number 33.

    Thank goodness we had some wimbledon coverage I was getting well fed up with wall to wall football

  • Comment number 34.

    Thank goodness for some wimbledon coverage I was getting well fed up with wall to wall football


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