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Matt Millington | 15:11 UK time, Wednesday, 4 July 2007

We’re into day nine down here at Wimbledon and not surprisingly we've pretty much exhausted our library footage of previous finals. We’ve been called upon to fill five streams of interactive content with anything other than bedraggled fans sat round covered courts.

The big feedback theme we received in the first week centred round our use of Freeview streams and their relationship with BBC ONE and TWO, which I pretty much covered in my previous blog.

This week we've been asked why we aren't showing more doubles matches. The truth of the matter is that the backlog of matches is so great that the televised courts have remained dominated by men’s and women’s singles matches, whereas if the schedule was on target we would have had a lot more doubles games to offer by now.

Another dark cloud hangs over SW19 as a men's doubles match takes place

I should clarify that not all courts offer televised coverage. We start the tournament with nine of the 19 courts offering broadcast-quality pictures, and by this time of the event this number comes down to seven.

That said, we have been offering doubles matches on the satellite and cable platforms since the first Thursday, and on Freeview since yesterday (the second Tuesday).

By today (Wednesday) we have been able to offer two doubles matches at all times via our Multiscreen service. From now on, we should be able to keep this up and more than likely increase our doubles coverage - weather permitting!

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