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THE CHEAPER seats in London SW7 were taken by the sort of people who could not face pitching a tent on the pavement in SW19. The remainder of the sold out arena - which has had 30,000 people through the doors this week - was occupied by tourists from the Continent and Brits in Cashmere shepherding in their bemused-looking children. Tim Henman's parents were there too, perhaps with an eye on their son's retirement prospects.

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