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Alex Kunawicz | 14:17 UK time, Monday, 2 July 2007

With the weather at Wimbledon causing plenty of rain delays, the BBC commentary team (plus our archive) have been working hard to keep viewers entertained during breaks in play.

And with so many hours of coverage – on BBC ONE and TWO plus interactive – you’ve all had plenty of time to critique our commentators and pundits. John McEnroe and Boris Becker have once again been widely praised, as has a new member of the team.

“I just wanted to add how much I've enjoyed Greg Rusedski's commentary. He is succinct, knowledgeable and benefits from knowing most of the players personally. i'm also really enjoying, as ever, John McEnroe - who just tells it like it is! The BBC are doing a great job of filling in time during rain breaks and have built up a superb team of experts hosted by the excellent Sue Barker. Well done all.”

"Greg is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the game, and having only recently retired from the main tour he is very much in touch with all the players and their favourite shots. It is fascinating to hear him talk during matches and I want to thank the BBC for adding this genuinely nice man to the team."
Paul Evans

Greg Rusedski's been a big hit in the commentary box at this year's WimbledonSome of you have also been asking why Today at Wimbledon starts at 2000 BST on BBC TWO. Director of BBC Sport Roger Mosey (comment 12) and the man leading our television coverage (Paul Davies, comment 19) have the answer. Paul would also like to thank you for all your feedback. He answered some of your questions in his latest blog, and hopes to be able to do so again at the end of this week.

Moving to another sport which uses a ball and a net, we’ve had some e-mails asking about the website’s coverage of the Copa America and the Under 20 World Cup. Reports on all the latest games can be found on our international football page, plus there is insight and analysis on the Copa America from our South American football expert Tim Vickery. While at the Under 20 tournament we are focusing on how Scotland are getting on, as well as rounding up the rest of the action.

Such coverage is sufficient for the majority of our predominantly British audience. If you would like more news on either event you can also visit their official tournament websites. Here is the one for the Copa America, and the one for the Under 20 World Cup.

Moving to horse racing and some people have asked where our bulletins have gone. Both the website and Radio Five Live have stopped carrying the specific racing bulletins - content which we used to share - as part of a re-prioritisation process within BBC Sport.

No other sport received a specific slot on Five Live's morning bulletins, instead other sports used to compete for space within the main sports bulletin. From now on racing will do the same, although rest assured that we do plan to continue reporting major news from racing in the radio bulletins and on the web, just as we do for all other sports.

Our main horse racing page will keep you up-to-date with all the latest news, while we will continue to have a feed of all the results from the UK and Ireland and the rest of the world.

We do realise fans of horse racing will be disappointed that we have stopped carrying the bulletins, but we have also had to recognise that audience patterns and the market have changed a great deal in recent years. Racing fans now have a vast array of places - websites, digital TV channels and mobile services - where they can get the latest news.

That obviously affects our public service need to do the same thing, so what we intend to do in future is focus on distinctive editorial coverage - primarily our impartial and objective sports news journalism and expert comment from the likes of Cornelius Lysaght and Clare Balding. While Five Live had a renewed focus on delivering outstanding live coverage of all the major meetings - including the Cheltenham Festival, Grand National, Derby and Royal Ascot

I realise you'll be disappointed, but hopefully that at least explains some of the background to the decision.

And we finish with more horses, and it is good to hear that many of you enjoyed our television coverage of the equestrian from British Jumping Derby from Hickstead.

“I have just been watching the speed derby at Hickstead and wanted to thank you for the extensive coverage this year. I have really enjoyed the eventing coverage at badminton as well. It was really good to see our team winning the Nations Cup in Rotterdam. Please can we have more!”
Karen R Thompson

As always, thanks very much for your feedback and please keep it coming.

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