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The Mills Era ends at Wimbledon

Updated: July 3, 2005, 1:51 PM ET
By Barry Lorge | Special to ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- Alan Mills has been the referee at Wimbledon since 1983, overseeing match officials and scheduling, enforcement of the rules, the start and stoppage of play because of weather and light conditions, player discipline, and the like. When he retires after this year's tournament, his 23-year tenure will have been the longest in the history of the oldest event in tennis, played 119 times dating to 1887.

Mills' face is recognized throughout Britain and everywhere Wimbledon ...

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