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SI.com: Frank Deford: Kramer leaves legacy, laughter from the pre-war eraupdated: Tue Sep 15 2009 14:44:00

Without any second thoughts, I would say that Jack Kramer was the single most significant figure in the history of his game, tennis.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Summer of close calls for Roddickupdated: Sun Sep 06 2009 19:18:00

Maybe Andy Roddick hasn't recovered as well as we all think from his loss at Wimbledon. Look at the losses he has had since then. He lost two tight matches to Juan Martin del Potro, in Washington, D.C., and Montreal. I think the one in D.C. ended in a third-set tiebreak. He lost to Sam Querrey in Cincinnati in two tiebreak sets and now to John Isner in a fifth-set tiebreak. I get the feeling when things get close in the end, he just doesn't have the confidence to pull it out. What do you think of his losses? -- Beth D., Brooklyn, N.Y.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: U.S. Open women's seed reportupdated: Thu Aug 27 2009 18:22:00

SI.com's Jon Wertheim breaks down the men's and women's seeds at the U.S. Open. Read on for the top first-round matchups, dark horses to watch and his predicted winners.

Murray overtakes Nadal to reach Montreal finalupdated: Sun Aug 16 2009 07:33:00

Andy Murray clinched the No. 2 world ranking in men's tennis despite struggling with his serve in Saturday's semifinal victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Montreal Masters.

SI.com: Kevin Armstrong: Q&A with American Melanie Oudinupdated: Thu Aug 13 2009 16:09:00

Since advancing to the fourth round at Wimbledon in late June, Melanie Oudin of Marietta, Ga., has continued her rise to a career-high ranking of No. 68 on the Sony Ericcson WTA Tour. In a recent interview with SI.com, the 17-year-old discussed life as a qualifier, her decision to be home-schooled and her views on grunting.

SI.com: Damon Hack: Thanks to Arthur Ashe, Wimbledon tops my Bucket Listupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 11:33:00

1. Wimbledon I don't remember my first brush with Wimbledon, but my mom does. I was 3 years old in the summer of 1975 when Arthur Ashe defeated Jimmy Connors in the men's final, a moment that she celebrated by picking me up, holding me in front of the television and telling me, "He looks like you! He looks like you!" This was my mom's way of telling me that anything in life was possible -- that I, too, could grow up and do anything I wanted. She was right. I wonder what it would be like to sit at Centre Court and see the grass and watch Federer, Nadal and the Williams sisters. I'm sure I would think about Arthur Ashe. I'm sure my mom would, too.

SI.com: Bryan Armen Graham: Roddick enters key stage of careerupdated: Tue Aug 04 2009 15:04:00

The grassroots renaissance of tennis in the United States was the subject of an Associated Press feature that appeared online and in many newspaper sports sections over the weekend. The story argues, among other things, that "today's dearth of top American professionals" hasn't curtailed the sport's post-2000 growth:

Tennis: Serena crashes out, Venus in semisupdated: Sat Aug 01 2009 10:20:00

Top seed Serena Williams has crashed out of the Bank of the West Classic, but her older sister Venus reached the semifinals after thrashing Maria Sharapova.

Tennis ace Federer father of twin girlsupdated: Fri Jul 24 2009 10:20:00

Tennis superstar Roger Federer is the "proud father" of twin girls after his wife Mirka gave birth overnight to Charlene Riva and Myla Rose.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: As Gasquet returns, ITF should consider revisiting Hingis caseupdated: Thu Jul 16 2009 16:42:00

While the 16 remaining players in the men's draw competed at Wimbledon on June 29, Richard Gasquet was a few miles from the All England Club, fighting for his career at a tribunal hearing. Three months earlier, the French player had tested positive for cocaine, triggering a two-year ban under the World Anti-Doping Agency code. In a sport with no guaranteed contracts and a short career shelf life, this was, potentially, akin to a professional death sentence.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Readers respond to criticism of Federerupdated: Wed Jul 15 2009 17:23:00

It's always struck me as shabby when a commentator or columnist ignites controversy and then slips away like Laura Dern in the last scene of Citizen Ruth. Last week, I took issue with Roger Federer's Wimbledon attire -- and, more specifically, the Nike taste-makers who determined Federer's dignity and humility required more edge.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Wearing out Wimbledon, more mailupdated: Wed Jul 15 2009 17:22:00

It's always struck me as shabby when a commentator or columnist ignites controversy and then slips away like Laura Dern in the last scene of Citizen Ruth. Last week, I took issue with Roger Federer's Wimbledon attire -- and, more specifically, the Nike taste-makers who determined Federer's dignity and humility required more edge. The responses, pro and con, were as intense as they were numerous.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Ridiculous attire doesn't fit Federerupdated: Fri Jul 10 2009 13:39:00

While mourning Mathieu Montcourt and thinking how downright creepy it is that two players penalized recently by the ATP for petty gambling infractions --Federico Luzzi is the other -- have died ...

SI.com: Bryan Armen Graham: Roddick wasn't a typical underdogupdated: Tue Jul 07 2009 20:37:00

Andy Roddick had just taken the first set from Roger Federer in Sunday's Wimbledon final, inducing roars from the Centre Court spectators, when my wife-to-be posed a perfectly sincere question.

Federer on win: 'It's crazy'updated: Mon Jul 06 2009 13:26:00

CNN's Errol Barnett sat down with Roger Federer after claiming his record 15th grand slam win and sixth Wimbledon title.

SI.com: Selena Roberts: Federer draws on inner strengthupdated: Mon Jul 06 2009 11:07:00

The Wimbledon grass has always been a bit of a yoga mat for Roger Federer, who routinely moves around Centre Court at mental and physical ease while his more bruiser-like counterparts clip-clop on its blades.

SI.com: Kevin Armstrong: What we learned from Serena's Wimbledon win over Venusupdated: Sun Jul 05 2009 15:11:00

Four things we learned while watching the all-American women's final at the All England Club on Independence Day ...

Serena eclipses Venus in Wimbledon finalupdated: Sun Jul 05 2009 03:08:00

Serena Williams has avenged last year's Wimbledon final defeat by sister Venus to claim the grass-court major for the third time.

Wimbledon ticket scamsupdated: Sat Jul 04 2009 08:31:00

ITN's Damon Green reports on fake tickets for Wimbledon matches being sold on internet for big bucks.

Roddick dumps out Murray in epic semifinalupdated: Sat Jul 04 2009 08:31:00

American sixth seed Andy Roddick ended Andy Murray's hopes of winning Wimbledon after beating the British number one in four thrilling sets on Centre Court on Friday.

The glamour of the grassupdated: Fri Jul 03 2009 14:21:00

The annual grand slam at the All England Club is always packed with tennis drama, but Wimbledon is also synonymous with many other traditions around the game.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Serena, Dementieva stage thrilling semifinal at Wimbledonupdated: Thu Jul 02 2009 16:26:00

This is our last "crumpet" for Wimbledon 2009. Time to do magazine work (though I'll continue periodic tweeting and podcasting). If you'd like, you could read this tomorrow; think of it as tape-delay. Thanks to everyone who wrote in. We'll be back Sunday with a Wimbledon wrap-up!

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Murray mania continues to mount, a wing for Santoro and more mailupdated: Wed Jul 01 2009 16:16:00

WIMBLEDON, England -- While marveling at Venus Williams's play on grass....

Swine flu fears hit Wimbledon tournamentupdated: Wed Jul 01 2009 12:18:00

A total of 28 staff at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships have been asked to stay at home with suspected swine flu.

SI.com: Bryan Armen Graham: Murray's ecstasy, agony on display at SW19updated: Tue Jun 30 2009 17:15:00

Two years are tattooed on the English sports consciousness like scarlet letters of anguish and self-pity. One is 1966, the first and only time the Three Lions hoisted the World Cup. The other is 1937, the last time a British player won at Wimbledon.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Why looks matter in scheduling, delicate topics and more mailupdated: Tue Jun 30 2009 15:01:00

WIMBLEDON, England -- Here's a Monday baguette, or, as reader Art Wong suggests we call it during Wimbledon, "a crumpet." While wondering what Roger Federer is making of the prospect of facing Ivo Karlovic...

Champion Venus closer to Wimbledon hat-trickupdated: Tue Jun 30 2009 14:01:00

Twice defending champion Venus Williams powered into the Wimbledon semifinals with another impressive display and then said it would be "fantastic" to face sister Serena in Saturday's climax.

Federer eases into Wimbledon third roundupdated: Wed Jun 24 2009 23:33:00

World number two Roger Federer set down an ominous marker for his opponents at Wimbledon by easing to a 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 straight sets victory against Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

Sharapova suffers second-round Wimbledon exitupdated: Wed Jun 24 2009 12:08:00

Argentina's unseeded Gisela Dulko caused an upset on Centre Court with a battling win over former champion Maria Sharapova.

Murray: 'I'm ready to win Wimbledon'updated: Tue Jun 23 2009 05:22:00

World number three and Britain's great tennis hope, Andy Murray, has told CNN he is ready to win Wimbledon at this year's tournament.

Henman looks forward to Wimbledonupdated: Tue Jun 23 2009 05:22:00

Four-time Wimbledon semifinalist Tim Henman talks to CNN's Pedro Pinto about the 2009 tournament hopefuls.

Sharapova and Serena win Wimbledon openersupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 12:24:00

Former champion Maria Sharapova came safely through a testing first round encounter with Ukraine's Viktoriya Kutusova as she won 7-5 6-4 on Court One on Monday.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: The greatest match ever playedupdated: Sun Jun 21 2009 12:51:00

From the book, STROKES OF GENIUS: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played, by L. Jon Wertheim. Copyright © 2009 by L. Jon Wertheim. Published by arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Venus and Federer eye sixth Wimbledon winupdated: Sun Jun 21 2009 12:25:00

Venus Williams and Roger Federer go into Wimbledon seeking singles title number six at the All England Club and casting aside any thoughts of retirement.

Murray defeats Blake to win Queen's titleupdated: Sun Jun 14 2009 11:07:00

Top seed Andy Murray claimed his first-ever grass-court title with a straight sets victory over American James Blake in the final of the AEGON Championship at Queen's Club in London on Sunday.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Hot Murray could bring home Wimbledonupdated: Thu Apr 09 2009 16:39:00

This story appears in the April 13, 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated

Clijsters confirms return to tennis circuitupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 08:31:00

Former world number one Kim Clijsters will come out of retirement and return to playing on the WTA Tour, the Belgian confirmed at a press conference on Thursday.

Federer to become a father for first timeupdated: Thu Mar 12 2009 17:23:00

Tennis superstar Roger Federer and longtime partner Mirka Vavrinec are expecting their first baby this summer, the Swiss ace revealed on his personal Web site on Thursday.

Zheng Jie: China's tennis aceupdated: Thu Feb 19 2009 23:18:00

In July 2008, a month before China grabbed the sporting headlines for the Beijing Olympics, Zheng Jie made her own bit of sporting history for China.

Are top female tennis players overpaid?updated: Fri Feb 13 2009 06:22:00

The polite hush that descends on the crowd seconds before service is nowhere to be heard when it comes to the issue of equal prize money in women's tennis.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: The greatest match ever playedupdated: Tue Dec 30 2008 16:03:00

It was the match of the year. It was the match of the decade. It was, one could certainly make a credible case, the greatest match in tennis history. On the first Sunday in July, Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4. 6-7, 6-7, 9-7 in the finals of Wimbledon, the most important match of the most important tournament.

Wimbledon to put new roof to early testupdated: Tue Dec 16 2008 12:07:00

Wimbledon have confirmed plans to hold an exhibition event on Centre Court to test conditions under the new roof ahead of next year's tennis championships.

Federer and Williams sisters crash outupdated: Thu Aug 14 2008 15:39:00

Top seed Roger Federer saw his Olympic challenge come to a crashing end on Thursday with a straight-sets defeat at the hands of American James Blake while both the Williams sisters also suffered shock defeats in the women's singles

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: An early U.S. Open pick, keeping tabs on the ATP trial and more mailupdated: Wed Jul 23 2008 15:12:00

Federer or Nadal, who's your pick at the U.S. Open? -- Chas, New York

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Roger's rationality, betting against Venus and Nadal's hard caseupdated: Thu Jul 17 2008 11:21:00

An unconditional Roger fan, I also felt crushed. Still I was able to come up with the following positives: 1) What Rafa did to win the match was extra-terrestrial and such a performance must be rewarded; 2) Roger is more rational than I am in interpreting the meaning of his wins and his losses; 3) Roger is not Justine, he will not disappear because the competition fundamentally suits his body and his mind. -- Barbara Katzenberg Lexington, MA

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Without a doubt, Wimbledon final was the greatestupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 17:18:00

That was unquestionably one of the greatest tennis matches I have ever witnessed. But let's digest it a little bit and let the heat of the moment pass before we dub it "the greatest of all time." This one had a lot at stake, with a lot of underlying stories attached to it on the most prestigious stage in all of the sport. But I'm not ready to dismiss Agassi-Blake in the 2005 Open quarters just because we saw a match of its equal. -- Steve, New York, NY

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Fifty parting shots from Wimbledonupdated: Tue Jul 08 2008 16:22:00

Cleaning out the Wimbledon notebook while still in awe of that final.

People.com: Wimbledon Gets Shot of Glamour from Gwen and Gavinupdated: Mon Jul 07 2008 13:45:00

The stylish couple went courtside to root for pal Roger Federer – but to no avail

Spain hails Nadal as sporting 'giant'updated: Mon Jul 07 2008 10:14:00

Spaniards are celebrating their country's second sporting triumph in a week after Rafael Nadal won his first Wimbledon tennis men's singles title.

Nadal wins Wimbledon finalupdated: Mon Jul 07 2008 10:14:00

Spain's Rafael Nadal dethrones five-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer. CNN's Pedro Pinto reports

Time.com: Wimbledon: The View from Row Mupdated: Sun Jul 06 2008 22:00:00

The emotional impact of Nadal's victory over Swiss champion Federer, as seen by TIME's reporter at the Centre Court

Nadal stuns Federer in epic Wimbledon finalupdated: Sun Jul 06 2008 17:36:00

Rafael Nadal has won his first Wimbledon men's singles title after holding off a stunning fightback from five-times champion Roger Federer to secure a dramatic victory in an epic rain-affected five-set final.

SI.com: John Wertheim: Venus the queen of Centre Courtupdated: Sat Jul 05 2008 12:56:00

Five things we learned from women's final Saturday at Wimbledon:

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: The most anticipated tennis match ever and more thoughtsupdated: Fri Jul 04 2008 14:43:00

For Wertheim's audio roundup of today's matches, click here or scroll down below.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: A lot riding on men's final, how long Williams sisters play?updated: Fri Jul 04 2008 10:40:00

For Wertheim's audio roundup of today's matches, click here or scroll down below.

Time.com: Williams Sisters in Wimbledon Finalupdated: Thu Jul 03 2008 18:00:00

Five years since their last title matchup, the Williams sisters are back in the Wimbledon final with another Grand Slam championship -- and family bragging rights -- at stake

Venus and Serena into Wimbledon semifinalsupdated: Wed Jul 02 2008 06:53:00

Holder Venus Williams moved into the Wimbledon semifinals on Tuesday when she beat Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-4 6-3, firing family ambitions of a third title showdown against sister Serena.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: The Serbs' dwindling popularity, Murray flexing fiasco, moreupdated: Tue Jul 01 2008 15:34:00

For Wertheim's audio roundup of today's matches, click here or scroll down below.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Centre Court scheduling, Hammerin' Jank's mental frailty and moreupdated: Mon Jun 30 2008 18:18:00

Hi Jon. How do the Wimbledon organizers decide the schedule of play? Specifically, what are their criteria for selecting who will play on Centre Court or Court 1? I ask this because it seems a little disrespectful to make Venus and Serena (who have six Wimbledon trophies between them) play on Court 2, while Kuznetsova-Radwanska and Vaidisova-Chakvetadze get to play on Centre Court and Court 1, respectively. These four have never gotten past the quarters at Wimbledon, and don't exactly generate the amount of interest that Venus and Serena do. So if it's not past performance or popularity, what is it? -- Nancy Ng, Montreal

Nadal next after Murray battles to last 8updated: Mon Jun 30 2008 17:47:00

Britain's Andy Murray staged a stunning comeback to clinch a Wimbledon quarterfinal against Rafael Nadal after an epic five-set Centre Court battle that ended three minutes short of four hours and in near-darkness.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Wimbledon Midterm Gradesupdated: Sat Jun 28 2008 23:58:00

After six days of play, here are our midterm grades from the 2008 version of Wimbledon:

Venus makes hard work of Wimbledon openerupdated: Tue Jun 24 2008 16:30:00

Venus Williams labored to an uncomfortable first round win over British wildcard Naomi Cavaday as she began the defense of her women's singles title with a 7-6 6-1 win at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

Wimbledon 101updated: Fri Jun 20 2008 13:26:00

The world's oldest tennis tournament retains many of the same customs and quirks 131 years after it was first staged. It's the only Grand Slam event still played on grass, despite perennial moans from the clay- and hard-court specialists who struggle to adjust. Players--who are always referred to as "gentlemen" and "ladies"--must wear predominantly white, and the courts are unsullied by conspicuous corporate logos.

Federer and Ivanovic top seeds at Wimbledonupdated: Wed Jun 18 2008 14:55:00

Defending men's champion Roger Federer and newly crowned French Open winner Ana Ivanovic have been confirmed as top seeds for the Wimbledon championships next week.

Clay star Nadal makes easy move to grassupdated: Wed Jun 11 2008 12:50:00

Clay-court champion Rafael Nadal made a smooth switch to grass on Wednesday, crushing Swedish veteran Jonas Bjorkman in his opening match at the Artois Championships at London's Queen's Club.

People.com: Martina Hingis Accused of Positive Cocaine Test at Wimbledon updated: Fri Nov 02 2007 12:22:00

Tennis star Martina Hingis says she has been accused of testing positive for cocaine at Wimbledon, an accusation she calls "horrendous," the Associated Press reports.

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: Murray set to take over British throneupdated: Fri Aug 31 2007 03:13:00

NEW YORK -- He is the British number one, a designation that carries little weight in New York but the weight of the world at Wimbledon.

SI.com: L. Jon Wertheim: Federer and Nadal are as different as two fierce foes could beupdated: Mon Aug 20 2007 23:23:00

The kid assumed he was being punk'd. After a fine freshman season as Florida's No. 1 singles player, Jesse Levine was luxuriating at home in Boca Ratonlast month when his cellphone chirped. An IMG agent was calling in search of a practice partner for Roger Federer, a few days removed from winning Wimbledon for the fifth straight time. Would Levine meet Federer at his training base in the United Arab Emirates? "When I realized it wasn't a joke," says Levine, "I was like, 'Yup. That works for me.'"

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Surface matters in the mailbagupdated: Wed Jul 18 2007 05:24:00

Once upon a time there was a surface called "grass." It rewarded aggressive play, and people who served and volleyed and returned and came in did very well. People who sliced and came to the net, like Martina Navratilova, were almost unstoppable when they got on a roll. Since the grass at Wimbledon is so slow, wouldn't it be "fair" to speed up the kitty litter-like surface called "clay" that the rest of the world is so enamored with?

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Parting shots from a wet and wild Wimbledonupdated: Mon Jul 16 2007 04:13:00

WIMBLEDON, England -- Cleaning out the notebook from a wild and wet Wimbledon. Some random notes and thoughts, trying to incorporate as many of your questions as possible.

SI.com: L. Jon Wertheim: Venus Williams sailed to her fourth singles titleupdated: Tue Jul 10 2007 01:37:00

Let's pretend you are, say, an insurance salesman. You're damn good at your job, world-class even. You clock in every day. You miss family functions on account of work. You try like hell to improve your performance rating and keep ascending the ladder. But there are these two colleagues -- siblings, no less! -- blocking your progress. They seem to pop into the office only when the mood strikes. They miss all the meetings and those insufferable "team building" outings because they're off acting or designing clothes or doing Lord knows what else. They take lots of sick leave, too. But when there's money on the table, they're the best around. They swoop in, perform with breathtaking skill and close the biggest accounts. Argh!

Federer takes fifth straight titleupdated: Sun Jul 08 2007 22:28:00

Roger Federer matched the legendary Bjorn Borg by winning his fifth successive Wimbledon title after an epic five-set victory over Spain's Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final.

One-on-one with Roger Federerupdated: Sun Jul 08 2007 22:28:00

One-on-one with Roger Federer

Williams romps to her fourth titleupdated: Sun Jul 08 2007 01:54:00

Venus Williams won her fourth Wimbledon singles title by beating Marion Bartoli, of France 6-4 6-1 in the final on Saturday.

Federer and Nadal in final clashupdated: Fri Jul 06 2007 23:21:00

Roger Federer stormed into his fifth successive Wimbledon final with a 7-5 6-3 6-4 humbling of France's Richard Gasquet on Saturday.

Gasquet tames Roddick in thrillerupdated: Fri Jul 06 2007 04:37:00

Richard Gasquet tamed Andy Roddick's power game with some brilliant all-court tennis to upset the American number three seed 4-6 4-6 7-6 7-6 8-6 and reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time on Friday.

Bartoli stuns Henin to reach finalupdated: Fri Jul 06 2007 04:07:00

Marion Bartoli of France stunned world number one Justine Henin with a remarkable comeback victory to earn a place in the women's final at Wimbledon, where she will face three-time champion Venus Williams.

SI.com: Lisa Raymond: Threats around Wimbledon make players think twiceupdated: Fri Jul 06 2007 01:13:00

WIMBLEDON, England -- In the sheltered world of professional athletes, sometimes we need a reality check. Outside of the locker rooms, practice courts and VIP lounges we inhabit on a daily basis, there's a world that exists that we seem to be protected from and even ignore from time to time. Until it becomes personal.

Venus powers into Wimbledon semisupdated: Thu Jul 05 2007 02:39:00

Three-time champion Venus Williams served up another imposing display of grass court tennis to reach the Wimbledon semifinals with a straight sets victory over Russian fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Wimbledon roof would be expensive, but an obvious fixupdated: Wed Jul 04 2007 22:56:00

A quick baguette while still sitting in awe of Venus Williams' current level of tennis ...

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Say no to no play on Sundayupdated: Sun Jul 01 2007 03:39:00

A quick Baguette, while waiting out still another rain delay ...

Henman triumphs in epic encounterupdated: Tue Jun 26 2007 11:03:00

Tim Henman survived a battle of wills at Wimbledon on Tuesday, completing an epic 6-3 1-6 5-7 6-2 13-11 victory over Spain's Carlo Moya.

SI.com: Justin Gimelstob: It wasn't a Hollywood ending, but I'm happy with finaleupdated: Mon Jun 25 2007 05:38:00

WIMBLEDON, England -- I can tell you from first-hand experience on Monday that life doesn't always imitate art.

SI.com: Justin Gimelstob: Roddick, not Nadal, is Federer's Wimbledon shadowupdated: Thu Jun 21 2007 00:33:00

LONDON -- Wimbledon means Roger Federer time. The world's No. 1 player has won the last four and is undeniably the favorite for a fifth. Beyond him is a small, elite group of players who are capable of hoisting the trophy at the end of the fortnight.

SI.com: L. Jon Wertheim: Andy Murray bears the hopes of an entire tennis-mad kingdom on his slight shouldersupdated: Tue Jun 19 2007 02:49:00

For all the tradition coursing through Wimbledon -- the lords and ladies in the Royal Box, the queuing for grounds passes, the Pimm's cups with side orders of strawberries and cream -- this may be the most hidebound ritual of them all: Everyone in Great Britain becomes irrationally optimistic at the prospect of a homegrown male winning the tournament for the first time since Fred Perry in 1936. And then, when the player doesn't prevail, the entire country reacts with disproportionate anguish. When Tim Henman reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2002, a headline in the Daily Mirror read: NO PRESSURE, TIMBO, BUT CHOKE NOW AND WE'LL NEVER FORGIVE YOU. When Henman fell to eventual champion Lleyton Hewitt, the next day's headline was NATION OF LOSERS. Even the staid London Observer once described rooting for British players at Wimbledon as "a national spasm of patriotic agony."

SI.com: Lisa Raymond: Wimbledon is the most magical event on the calendarupdated: Mon Jun 18 2007 23:15:00

LONDON -- Grass-court season has arrived, and I couldn't be happier. Once June arrives, the clay-court shoes of spring are tossed aside in exchange for the pimpled-bottomed soles for the grass court of England.

Federer quits Halle title defenseupdated: Mon Jun 11 2007 07:10:00

Roger Federer pulled out of his regular Wimbledon warm-up event in Halle on Monday, blaming fatigue after losing to Rafael Nadal in Sunday's French Open final.

SI.com: S.L. Price: Nadal playing the best tennis of lifeupdated: Sun Jun 10 2007 06:00:00

S.L. Price is covering the French Open for Sports Illustrated and SI.com. We caught up with him following Rafael Nadal's 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Roger Federer on Sunday to get his impressions of the final weekend of the tournament.

SI.com: A change at the topupdated: Tue May 15 2007 16:29:00

Your thoughts on Roger Federer's split from his coach? I say good! -- Natasha, Toronto

SI.com: Don't call it a comebackupdated: Wed May 09 2007 13:17:00

A Mailbag as Pete Sampras returns to the tennis forefront:

Wimbledon to pay equal prize moneyupdated: Thu Feb 22 2007 06:17:00

Men and women will receive equal prize money at Wimbledon this year for the first time in the history of the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world.

Davenport quits for family lifeupdated: Thu Dec 14 2006 05:25:00

Three-times Grand Slam tournament winner Lindsay Davenport, who is expecting her first child next year, has "no plans to play again", she told ESPN.com.

Federer and Nadal reach the finalupdated: Fri Jul 07 2006 11:40:00

Roger Federer blasted his way into a fourth consecutive Wimbledon final with a 6-2 6-0 6-2 thrashing of Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman on Friday.

Jankovic dumps out champion Venusupdated: Sat Jul 01 2006 12:51:00

Defending champion Venus Williams became a victim of the Court Two curse on Saturday when she was bundled out of Wimbledon in the third round, beaten 7-6 4-6 6-4 by Serbia's Jelena Jankovic.

Agassi crushed by impressive Nadalupdated: Sat Jul 01 2006 10:57:00

Andre Agassi's 14th and final Wimbledon fling was ended in brutal fashion by second seed Rafael Nadal -- the Spaniard winning 7-6 6-2 6-4 on a baking Centre Court.

Nadal next as Agassi extends stay updated: Thu Jun 29 2006 11:06:00

Andre Agassi delayed his Wimbledon farewell at least until Saturday when he moved into the third round with a 6-4 7-6 6-4 win over Italy's Andreas Seppi.

Federer routs Henman in super showupdated: Wed Jun 28 2006 12:39:00

Three-times defending champion Roger Federer ripped Tim Henman's Wimbledon dreams to shreds with a majestic 6-4 6-0 6-2 win in the second round on Wednesday.

Wimbledon launches betting probeupdated: Wed Jun 28 2006 09:50:00

An Internet bookmaking firm has alerted tennis authorities about unusual betting patterns after hefty sums were bet on a first round match at Wimbledon won by Britain's Richard Bloomfield.

Federer breaks Borg's win recordupdated: Tue Jun 27 2006 10:18:00

World number one Roger Federer broke Bjorn Borg's record grasscourt winning sequence on Tuesday when he completed a dazzling 6-3 6-2 6-2 first round victory over Frenchman Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon.

Henin-Hardenne shows Yuan no mercyupdated: Tue Jun 27 2006 09:24:00

Justine Henin-Hardenne buried memories of her shock exit last year with a ruthless 6-0 6-1 win over China's Yuan Meng in the first round at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

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