The 2006 All England championship started with something of a squelch, as none of the 64 first-round matches scheduled reached completion and the day produced just one clear winner - the rain.
As the hordes of frustrated players did all they could to keep their heads together and the multitudes of spectators craned theirs hopefully towards the sky, the six-hour downpour that laid waste to the afternoon programme posed a single question - can this really be an area of drought and hosepipe restrictions?
Probably not, after yesterday. Only 35 minutes of play were possible, long enough for reigning men's champion Roger Federer to breeze through the first set of what was billed as a tricky opening match.
The Swiss, bidding for his fourth consecutive Wimbledon crown, brushed aside the initial challenge of Richard Gasquet, converted the only break point of the set and closed out 6-3 inside half-an-hour. The feeling of deja vu was inescapable.
The man all of Great Britain hopes will be waiting for Federer in round two, Tim Henman, did not even start his encounter with Robin Soderling.
His was due to be the second match on Court One, but was held up by Vera Zvonareva's meeting with No 2 seed Kim Clijsters, which started at 1pm as billed but ended soon afterwards with the Belgian a break up at 5-4.
Nine days ago, Zvonareva claimed the first grasscourt title of her career at the Dfs Classic in Birmingham and even though she pulled out of the Hastings Direct event in Eastbourne last week, her appearance here against one of the favourites was intriguing.
Where the Russian had stomped and huffed her way around Edgbaston Priory, firing both verbal and forehand volleys throughout the week, she was on her best behaviour here.
Her only outburst came at the end of the fifth game when she lost her serve to go 3-2 down and by Dfs standards, her reaction was little more than a raised eyebrow.
Facing break point, she misjudged a Clijsters lob and retreated to the baseline only to dump a routine return halfway up the net. Bounce went the racket, but the expected stream of invective never arrived. She was, perhaps, mindful of her surroundings.
Other than that, Zvonareva competed well against the US Open champion and once more looked comfortable playing such an illustrious opponent at such an illustrious venue.
The 21-year-old's victory in Birmingham was her first tournament win for 16 months and lifted her 34 places to 44th in the world ranking - she had clearly been buoyed by her recent form and looks determined to get back into the top ten.
In the early stages, Clijsters moved her around like a cat tormenting its prey but Zvonavereva demonstrated both athleticism and touch to withstand the onslaught.
She had to battle to hold her first two service games and did not make any inroads into her opponent's delivery until a break down.
At that point, she steeled herself and lost just three more points in her next two service games. By comparison, the world No 2 held to 30 and then had to face a break point at 4-3 after going long with two consecutive forehands.
Those who witnessed Zvonareva's tortuous first-set tie-break in the final at the Priory, when she eventually beat Jamea Jackson 14-12, will understand she is a player who needs more than one invitation to claim the big points, however.
And so it proved against Clijsters, whose first serve at advantage down induced a feeble midcourt return that was suitably spanked away. The break point was saved and Zvonareva did not receive a second opportunity.
Just one more game was possible, a Zvonareva hold, before the heavens opened. The rain came at an inopportune moment for Clijsters, but it was nothing compared to the sole active Briton.
Naomi Cavaday, the only home female to have earned her way into the championships after coming through the wild-card play-off, was on a charge against No 18 seed Ai Sugiyama.
The 17-year-old lost the opening four games of her first main-draw grand slam match, only to mount an impressive fightback.
Trailing 0-4, she benefited from a lucky net cord which dropped dead weight into the Japanese girl's court and went on to hold. Sugiyama made it 5-1
but Cavaday, who came within a set of making it through the qualifying rounds in Birmingham, held once more and then broke to love as she peppered Sugiyama' s backhand.
Another hold made it 5-4 and Sugiyama would have been relieved when the rain disrupted the teenager's comeback.
Elsewhere, Martina Hingis, champion in 1997, claimed the first set 6-2 against Olga Savchuk.