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11 o’clock and all’s silent on Wimbledon’s would-be Day 1

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WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Monday should have been the first day of the two-week Wimbledon tennis tournament. But instead of the usual hustle and bustle, there was silence at the All England Club.

The traditional tennis whites, the gleaming green grass and the majesty of Centre Court are all on hold for another year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Wimbledon librarian Robert McNicol says “it’s quite a melancholy feeling.”

Wimbledon is the oldest Grand Slam tournament and draws visitors from around the world. But fans and locals will have wait another 12 months to get a glimpse of Roger Federer and Serena Williams at Wimbledon.

Associated Press

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