BUNGLING blazers have delivered a Centre Court snub to homegrown heroes Katie Boulter and Liam Broady.
All England chiefs have blown the chance for a Brit bonanza by drawing up a bizarre schedule for one of the biggest days of the tournament.
Boulter’s clash with Harmony Tan, who sensationally beat Serena Williams in the first round, has been relegated to an 11am start on No2 Court.
That means a maximum of just 4,000 fans will be able to watch the British No3 try to join Heather Watson in the fourth round.
Compare that to the Centre Court capacity of almost 15,000…
And Broady will take on Boulter’s boyfriend, Aussie star Alex de Minaur, in the opening match on No1 Court.
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That arena holds 12,345 spectators. Better, but not quite Centre Court.
The decision is even more strange because Middle Saturday at Wimbledon is when British sporting heroes fill the Royal Box on Centre Court.
But instead of roaring their countrymen and women on, the legends will watch two Americans, two Spaniards, a Czech and an Italian.
Boulter booked her place on Saturday’s schedule as she stunned former world No1 Karolina Pliskova to achieve the greatest win of her career on Centre Court – just two days after the death of her grandmother.
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The Leicestershire ace, 25 – whose career has been blighted by injury and illness – fought back from a set down to defeat last year’s finalist 3-6 7-6 6-4 and storm through to a Grand Slam third round for the first time.
Boulter cried as she dedicated the incredible win to her late Gran as she targets the second week at SW19.
Broady, meanwhile, dug deep to pull off the biggest Grand Slam win of his career – and gain revenge over 12th seed Diego Schwartzman.
The British No5 looked set to suffer the same fate as in his second round defeat by the Argentine 12 months ago as he trailed by two sets to one and was a break down in the fourth.
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But Manchester City fan Broady found inner resolve to fight his way back into the contest by edging a tense tie-break in front of a rapt Court No3 crowd.
And he came up trumps in the decider to pull off his best-ever Slam giant-killing and reach the third round for the first time with a 6-2 4-6 0-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-1 win in three hours and 47 minutes.