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At its roots, Wimbledon is about the grass

Updated: June 23, 2005, 10:01 AM ET
By Barry Lorge | Special to ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England – Roger Federer, the regal two-time defending singles champion, and Paul-Henri Mathieu, the first-round sacrificial lamb from France, set sneakered feet on Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club Monday, the first players to do so since the final day last year.

Save, that is, for four female club members who Saturday engaged in one of Wimbledon's sensibly useful rituals.

Four ladies are invited annually to play "one set of gentle doubles" ...

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