- Associated Press - Friday, July 4, 2014

LONDON (AP) - Oh, the Grand Slam and major victories they could rattle off: The Royal Box had two kings of their sports sitting side by side on Friday watching the men’s semifinals - Jack Nicklaus and Rod Laver.

Nicklaus, the winner of a record 18 golf majors, and Laver, who has 11 Grand Slam titles and is the only man to twice win all four majors in the same year, chatted before the match began.

Also in the box were Nicklaus’ wife, Barbara, actors Bradley Cooper and Jude Law, Oracle software CEO Larry Ellison, golfer Justin Rose, and 1999 singles champion Lindsay Davenport.

Sitting in Grigor Dimitrov’s player box was his girlfriend Maria Sharapova. A loser in the fourth round, Sharapova looked fashionable in a blue top and sunglasses as she watched Dimitrov play Novak Djokovic.

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INCOGNITO BECKER: Boris Becker knows his way around Wimbledon and the All England Club. Three singles championships and four runner-up finishes help.

Eschewing the suit and tie that befits a club member, the 46-year-old Becker blended in with the crowd more as he ambled around Centre Court on Friday morning a few hours before the men’s semifinals.

In a T-shirt, sleeveless sweater vest, tracksuit pants and running shoes topped off by a baseball cap, he looked any one of the dozens of trainers and coaches around the ground. Which these days, in maintaining his links with the game that gave him and the tennis world so much, is precisely what he is, as the coach of Novak Djokovic.

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BERRY BERRY HOPEFUL: Jordanne Whiley of Britain is wearing strawberry dangling earrings that she expects will bring her good fortune in the wheelchair competition at Wimbledon.

The 22-year-old Whiley and partner, Yui Kamiji ofJapan, are the top seeds in the women’s doubles.

They won their semifinal 6-0, 6-2 on Friday over Katharina Kruger of Germany and Sharon Walraven of the Netherlands.

“Every year my earrings come out for Wimbledon,” Whiley said. “They’re my lucky earrings. They weren’t so lucky last year but I’m hoping that they’re lucky this year.”

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