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Communing with the spirits of Wimbledon

Updated: June 23, 2005, 2:01 PM ET
By Barry Lorge | Special to ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- It was one of those rare London days when the midday sun was almost too much even for mad dogs and Englishmen. But by late afternoon, as I sat in the quiet solitude of the Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club on the day before the oldest and grandest of tennis tournaments would begin for the 119th time, I was comfortably shaded by the familiar inward-sloping roof of this magnificent, Elizabethan-style theater. A gentle breeze cooled the body and soothed ...

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