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Qualifying begins: 26 June

The Draw: 30 June

Pre-event Press Conferences: 1 & 2 July

Order of Play: 2 July

Championships begin: 3 July

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Monday, 17 July 2017 08:43 AM BST
2017 Championships: Quotes of the tournament
Peppa Pig, flying ants and muffins: Highlights from the interview rooms during the 2017 Championships READ MORE

After a busy fortnight in the interview rooms, we pick our favourite soundbites from 13 days of tennis...

Pre-tournament, Andy Murray revealed his daughter's favourite kids' TV character:
"It keeps [my daughter] quiet sometimes if she’s in a bad mood for 20 minutes, so Peppa Pig is actually a life-saver for me. I watch it a lot with my daughter."

Naomi Osaka, meanwhile, explained her nickname:
"[Barbora Strycova calls me] Shinkansen, which is like a Japanese bullet train. I don't know why. It sounds cool, so I'll take it."

Novak Djokovic says he and Roger Federer formulated a plan after both went through quicker than expected due to retirements early in the Fortnight:
"We had a little joke about it in the locker room, saying we should maybe play a practice set on the Centre Court."

CoCo Vandeweghe raised a few smiles chatting about the influences of coach Pat Cash:
"He's introduced me to a lot of '80s rock bands. I keep having to remind him I was born in '91."

Dustin Brown was in no doubt about Andy Murray's consistency:
"Most of the time when he was hitting ridiculous shots, I just laughed and said, 'Good job, let's see if he does it again.' He did. For three sets."

Elina Svitolina said she was enjoying the warm weather:
"It's very surprising because we're all used to rain and wait. And rain, rain again. It's a nice surprise from up there!"

I was just really a normal guy growing up in Basel, hoping to make a career on the tennis tour

- Roger Federer

Remember the flying ants on the first Wednesday? Jo-Wilfried Tsonga said they got everywhere:
"In my nose and in my ear!"

Sorana Cirstea was on the opposite side of the net to Bethanie Mattek-Sands when the American suffered a serious knee injury on Day 4:
"It was heartbreaking to see her that way. Bethanie is my friend. We get along so well. She's an unbelievably good girl."

New mum and former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka was keeping busy:
"My son is teething right now, and he's a little bit fussy at the moment. It's a little bit tough."

Caroline Wozniacki was volunteering for babysitting duties ahead of the birth of Serena Williams' first child:
"I think I'm a great babysitter. I'm not sure she agrees."

Benoit Paire was satisfied with a full pay packet:
"Didn't take any warning... so the good thing is I don't have any fine. Normally when I see my prize money, it's a little bit less than I saw on the paper. I can have a drink tonight."

Johanna Konta kept herself busy between matches with some baking:
"White chocolate and raspberry muffins, so far they're the biggest hit. Previous to that it was a chocolate chip muffin. But I had two of those: I had the 1.0 and the 2.0. The 1.0 I forgot the vanilla essence."

Venus Williams explained why she wasn't Skyping pet dog, Harold, during The Championships:
"It's too upsetting for him. He hears me, but he doesn't understand where I am."

And Roger Federer fired off an early warning:
"I'm playing very well. I'm rested. I'm fresh. I'm confident, too. Then great things do happen."

After Sam Querrey made the last eight in 2016 and the semi-finals in 2017, he revealed plans for 2018:
"Pencil me in for a final, and hopefully that will happen. We'll see."

Britain's Jordanne Whiley shared her secret to success with Japanese doubles partner Yui Kamiji:
"Eye contact and smiling. Smiling is the key. If you smile, you feel better, you play better tennis."

Ladies' doubles champion Elena Vesnina thanked the fans after a late-night doubles title with Ekaterina Makarova:
"Thank you so much the crowd who stayed. I know it was a long day today, long wait. People in London, people in Wimbledon, they really appreciate every day."

Marin Cilic remembered fellow Croat Goran Ivanisevic's famous 2001 Wimbledon win:
"Everyone knows where they were. I was in a tennis camp, tennis summer camp, close to my hometown. It was a big celebration."

Ladies champion Garbine Muguruza played the diplomat when asked who she wanted to dance with at the Champions' Ball:
"Roger (laughter). And I like Cilic, I have to say seriously. But I want to see if he's that elegant also dancing."

Marcelo Melo talked about the significance of his men's doubles victory:
"Wimbledon is Wimbledon, the tournament I dream about since I was young."

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina shared his surprise at a 135mph serve from his opponent in the boys' singles final:
"I say, ‘Man, you serve so hard, I can't see the ball! Was like Karlovic!"

And eight-time men's champion Roger Federer had the last word:
"I was just really a normal guy growing up in Basel, hoping to make a career on the tennis tour. I guess I dreamed, I believed, and really hoped that I could actually maybe really do it. So I put in a lot of work, and it paid off."

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