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Affection for Wimbledon unlike anything else

There's a time in everyone's life when tennis is no longer a viable option. But it's the intimate bond with Wimbledon that makes the farewell such an emotional experience.

Updated: June 24, 2008, 8:25 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- There's something about this Emerald City of tennis that makes players spiff up and act more formally than they would anywhere else, as if they had made a long, arduous voyage to get an audience with the wizard.

Whether former champions or journeymen, for the most part, they love to show up, they hate to leave and they are loath to skip the festivities. Over the years, how many times have you heard a player say, "I'm not 100 percent, but I had to be here?" Amelie ...

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