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A British class match on centre court

English hope and triumphalism, sunk in north London on Wednesday night, resurfaced in the south west of the capital yesterday. After more than half a century of British famine two home-grown male players walked out on to the Centre Court at Wimbledon, their very presence making redundant the old joke "If they're British it can only be the opening day".

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Court circular; Tuning in to the sounds of the Championships

For the past four years visitors to Wimbledon have been able to enjoy the sounds as well as the sights of the All England Club.

Court circular; Our man plays Cupid for Desperately Seeking Zoe

Picture the scene. It was 12 months ago and the sun was shimmering at Wimbledon (cue romantic background music). A young American by the name of Alan Hobbs from Los Angeles got chatting with an English rose named Zoe from Fleet in Hampshire (add swelling violins). A day to cherish and remember followed.

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WIMBLEDON '95: Sampras struggles to subdue Braasch

For a few tantalising moments yesterday, it was feasible to envisage the Wimb-ledon hat-trick quest of Pete Sampras becoming entangled in the complicated machinery of a haphazard service action that makes Karsten Braasch a figure of fun on the men's Tour. Against a journeyman performer ranked 119 places below him, it should have been a stroll on the grass for the defending champion. Instead, Sampras called it "a pain in the arse".

Tennis celebrates life of Perry the `friendly rascal'

The life of Fred Perry was celebrated on a day of glorious sunshine, redolent of strawberries and cream, Pimm's, virginia creeper and freshly mown lawns. A final service at St Paul's Cathedral would have appealed to the great man's ego, and also to his keen sense of humour, given the years he spent bucking the tennis establishment at the height of his fame in the 1930s.

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Tennis: Sampras has another nasty turn

After spending some 20 minutes finding various permutations to express his disappointment, Pete Sampras decided that "it was just a really shitty day''. One of too many of late.

All we need is another 10 years ...

Yes, apparently, time is all we require to lift the great British tennis racket out of the mire of ignominious defeat, not to mention losing to Slovakia.

Fred Perry: player and gentleman

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What the papers said about . . . Fred Perry

"All England mourns a passing hero." Guardian "The Errol Flynn of the Centre Court." Today "Perry's modest background, and a disinclination to touch his forelock, were not compatible with the snobbishness of the Lawn Tennis Association in an age when social demarcations were still in force."

Fred Perry, Wimbledon's true champion, dies at 85

Fred Perry, the last British tennis player to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon, died in a Melbourne hospital yesterday, writes Mark Burton. Perry, who was 85, suffered broken ribs in a fall in his hotel bathroom on Sunday and his condition deteriorated quickly.
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