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What is tennis' place in America today?

Originally Published: August 18, 2009
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

The epitaph was written 15 years ago, on the May 9, 1994, cover of Sports Illustrated.

Against a backdrop of red clay, the bold headline asked: "Is Tennis Dying?" A yellow tennis ball punctuated the damning rhetorical question.

"Tennis is spoiled rotten," Sally Jenkins' piece began. "If you are wondering exactly when a wonderful game became such a lousy sport, the answer is, the first time a corporate executive gave a 14-year-old a stretch limo to play with."

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