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Created to be the most challenging race for professional cyclists in American history, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge is set to cover nearly 500 miles in Colorado.

Altitude and climbing will be themes through the entire race. After the opening- day prologue around Colorado Springs on Aug. 22, Stage 1 the next day from Salida to Crested Butte will go up 11,312-foot Monarch Pass and have a mountaintop finish atop Mt. Crested Butte.

The highlight of the race will be Stage 2 from Gunnison to Aspen on Aug. 24. Billed “the Queen’s Stage,” it will feature ascents over 12,126-foot Cottonwood Pass and 12,095-foot Independence Pass, the highest known climbs in international cycling.

On Stage 3, after the epic rides up Cottonwood and Independence, the 10-mile time trial around Vail will be primarily uphill. Stage 4 from Avon to Steamboat Springs will feature 5,000 feet in elevation change, and Stage 5 from Steamboat to Breckenridge will go over Rabbit Ears Pass.

The final day’s stage from Golden to Denver will go up Lookout Mountain , a 6.1 percent grade with 1,300 feet in elevation over 4.8 miles. However, Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge and Denver will have sprinter finishes.

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Linda and Bill Mehos of Salida, Colo., wave to the riders as they leave the small town of Salida during the first stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson #

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Fans take pictures of cyclists as they race by near the start. The Pro Cycling Challenge kicked off today August 22, 2011, with the scenic backdrop of Garden of the Gods as the start line for the prologue time trial. The time trial course went 5.2 miles or 8.3 kilometers from Ridge Road/Juniper Way and Gateway Road inside Garden of the Gods, wound it's way through Colorado City along Colorado avenue and ended in downtown Colorado Springs at Cascade Ave. The prologue is an individual time trail important for designating the order for the first road stage the next day. German rider Patrick Gretsch of team HTC Highroad won the prologue. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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The Pro Cycling Challenge kicked off today August 22, 2011, with the scenic backdrop of Garden of the Gods as the start line for the prologue time trial. The time trial course went 5.2 miles or 8.3 kilometers from Ridge Road/Juniper Way and Gateway Road inside Garden of the Gods, wound it's way through Colorado City along Colorado avenue and ended in downtown Colorado Springs at Cascade Ave. The prologue is an individual time trail important for designating the order for the first road stage the next day. German rider Patrick Gretsch of team HTC Highroad won the prologue. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Jonathon Weurth, of Colorado Springs, Colo., cheers on rider Rafael Anibal Montiel, of the Gobernacion De Antioquia team, as he makes his way up a hill on the course during the prologue of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson) TV OUT MAGS OUT #

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Rider Ivan Rovny of Team Radioshack makes his way through the Garden of the Gods. The Pro Cycling Challenge kicked off today August 22, 2011, with the scenic backdrop of Garden of the Gods as the start line for the prologue time trial. The time trial course went 5.2 miles or 8.3 kilometers from Ridge Road/Juniper Way and Gateway Road inside Garden of the Gods, wound it's way through Colorado City along Colorado avenue and ended in downtown Colorado Springs at Cascade Ave. The prologue is an individual time trail important for designating the order for the first road stage the next day. German rider Patrick Gretsch of team HTC Highroad won the prologue. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Janier Acevedo, with the Gobernacion De Antioquia, makes his way up the course during the prologue of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson) #

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Germany's Patrick Gretsch, of HTC-Highroad, holds flowers on the podium after winning the prologue of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson) #

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Molly McMurray, 7, got tired of waiting for Cadel Evans to exit his trailer, so she decided to put on her shades and sit on her knees for awhile hoping to get a glimpse of her favorite rider. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radioshack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Riders in the peloton make their way towards Monarch Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radioshack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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RIders in the peloton make their way towards the top of Monarch Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radioshack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Fans get out their cameras to get photos of the riders as they top out at the summit of Monarch Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radioshack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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A rider with United HealthCare gets some energy drinks from his support vehicle along the route after having made the large descent off of Monarch Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radioshack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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The large peloton heads for the top of Monarch Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radioshack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Riders head to the top of Monarch Pass during the first stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, near Monarch, Colo. The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson #

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The large peloton heads for the top of Monarch Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radio shack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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A sign in the small town of Parlin. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radio shack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Jeremiah Ranegar, a support team member of BMC Cycling, waits ho hand out musettes, or food bags, to riders after the descent from Monarch Pass near Monarch, Colo., during the first stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson #

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Riders make their way toward Gunnison, Colo., with thunderheads looming in the distance during the first stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson #

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The large peloton makes their way through the town of Gunnison. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radioshack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Fans line the streets of Crested Butte in anticipation of the riders coming through. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radioshack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Fans line the streets of Crested Butte in anticipation of the riders coming through. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radioshack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Levi Leipheimer, of the United States, celebrates his victory in the first stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, in Crested Butte, Colo. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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3 year old Stephanie Harvey gets a little extra attention from Tour De France winner and Team BMC rider Cadel Evans, right. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. At 12126 feet, Cottonwood Pass is the highest climb of the race. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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The peloton makes it's way out of Gunnison early this morning. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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The peloton winds it's way through valleys before heading towards Cottonwood Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. At 12126 feet, Cottonwood Pass is the highest climb of the race. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Riders in the peloton jockey for position early in the second stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge near Gunnison, Colo., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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The peloton makes it's way towards Cottonwood Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Daniel Navarro, left, with Saxo Bank Sungard, and Francois Parisien, of Team Spidertech, in front, are seen on their way towards Cottonwood Pass. Cottonwood Pass was the higher of the two passes at 12,126 feet. Independence Pass is 12,095 feet. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Riders make their way up Cottonwood Pass during the second stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, northeast of Gunnison, Colo. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Team Bissell Pro Cycling rider Ben Jacques-Maynes, #128 and Jelly Belly Cycling Team rider William Dickeson, #144 check out Taylor Park reservoir on their towards Cottonwood Pass. Behind them is BMC rider Cadel Evans, winner of the Tour De France. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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The peloton makes it's way to the top of The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Cottonwood Pass, At 12126 feet it was the highest summit of the race. Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. This was the Queen Stage of the race. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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From left to right: Sander Oostlander, #104 with Team SKIL-Shimano, Andre Steensen, #61 with Saxo Bank Sungard, Danny Pate, #44, with HTC-Highroad, and Rafael Montiel, #155 with Gobernacion De Antioquia, make their way up the dirt road of Cottonwood Pass. They were part of the break away pack. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. At 12,126 feet, Cottonwood Pass is the highest climb of the race. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Riders in the peloton get near the summit of Cottonwood Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Riders in the peloton get near the summit of Cottonwood Pass northeast of Gunnison, Colo., during the second stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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The peloton makes it's way up Independence Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Huge crowds await the riders at the top of Independence Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Team Garmin-Cervelo rider Christian Vande Velde, #36, Team HTC-Highroad rider Tejay Van Garderen, #41, and leader Levii Leipheimer, of Team Radioshack top out on Independence Pass. Independence Pass is at an elevation of 12,095 feet. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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The peloton heads towards Independence Pass which tops out at an elevation of 12,095 . The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. At 12,126 feet, Cottonwood Pass is the highest climb of the race. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Team RadioShack riders from left to right Jason McCartney, #16 and Dmitiry Muravyev, #12, and Bjorn Selander, #18, look towards the looming high peak of Independence Pass that await them on their ride as they pass Twin Lakes. Independence Pass tops out at 12,095 feet. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. At 12126 feet, Cottonwood Pass is the highest climb of the race. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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BMC Racing team's George Hincapie celebrates his win in Stage 2 as he comes to the finish line in Aspen. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, middle, congratulates BMC Racing teammate George Hincapie, right, on his win in the second stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, in Aspen, Colo. At left is Jeff Louder. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Stage 2 winner George Hincapie, ot Team BMC gets the traditional double cheek kiss from the lovely ladies on the podium. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. At 12,126 feet, Cottonwood Pass is the highest climb of the race. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Team Radioshack rider Levi Leipheimer, wearing the green jersey for being the fastest sprinter yesterday, makes his way up the course as fans scream and yell encouragement for him. Leipheimer won the race in 25 minutes 47.08 seconds giving him today's yellow jersey. This is his second stage win of the race. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass, today August 25, 2011. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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HTC-Highroad rider Danny Pate makes his way out of the stating gates. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Leopard Trek rider Jens Voigt tries to concentrate while crazy fans scream and shout as he makes his through the throngs of fans around the 5km mark of the race. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Team Radioshack rider George Bennett heads towards Vail Pass with his number upside down. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Team Garmin-Cervelo rider Danny Summerhill, #38 makes his way up the course as fans scream and yell encouragement for him. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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HTC-Highroad rider Craig Lewis rounds the first corner out of the starting gates in the time trail that began in downtown Vail. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Team Garmin-Cervelo rider Daniel Lloyd gets ready to round the last corner before leaving downtown Vail heading towards Vail Pass on the beginning of the Stage 3 time trial race. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Crazy fan Tyler Chapman screams and yells words of encouragment to Liquigas-Cannondale rider Edward King as he runs along side him as King makes his way up a steep portion of the hill climb up Vail Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Team Gobernacion De Antioquia rider Alejandro Ramirez Calderon heads towards Vail Pass during stage 3. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Crazy fans yell encouragement to Team Type 1 rider Alexander Efimkin as he makes his way up a steep portion of the hill climb up Vail Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Team HTC-Highroad rider Tejay Van Garderen, wearing the overall winners yellow jersey makes his way up the course as fans scream and yell encouragement for him. Van Garderen came in 6th overall with a time of 26 minutes 38.26 seconds. Leipheimer won the race in 25 minutes 47.08 seconds giving him today's yellow jersey. This is his second stage win of the race. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass, today August 25, 2011. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Team Garmin-Cervelo rider Christian Vande Velde raises his hands in the air while holding a new pair of skis on the podium. He came in second in today's time trail with a time of 25 minutes 47.66 seconds. Team Radioshack rider Levi Leipheimer won today's time trial in 25 minutes 47.08 seconds giving him today's yellow jersey. This is his second stage win of the race. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass, today August 25, 2011. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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AC Milan's Thiago Silva, right, reacts after tackled by Inter Milan's Thiago Motta, left, during Italian Super Cup held at China's National Stadium, also known as the "Bird's Nest", in Beijing, China, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011. AC Milan defeated Inter Milan 2-1. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) #

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Bayfield High School's John Cusick reacts in dismay after finishing second in the 3A boys' 1600-meter run at the CHSAA State Track and Field Championships at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood, Colo., on Saturday, May 21, 2011. (Daniel Petty, The Denver Post) #

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San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell reacts after getting the final out in the Padres' 8-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the ninth of a baseball game Sunday, July 31, 2011 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) #

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Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Ervin Santana reacts after being taken out by manager Mike Scioscia during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011. Santana (8-8) held the Mariners to seven hits and won his duel with Mariners' Felix Hernandez (10-10), whose 12 strikeouts were one shy of his career high as the Angels won the game 2-1. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) #

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Boston University head coach Patrick Chambers reacts to play against the Kansas in the first half of a Southwest Regional NCAA tournament second round college basketball game, Friday, March 18, 2011 in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) #

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Kentucky's Stacey Poole Jr. (2) reacts to a three point basket during the second half of an an East regional semifinal game against Ohio State in the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 25, 2011, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) #

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Colorado Rapids forward Quincy Amarikwa (12) reacts to a call for Toronto FC during a 0-0 tie match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City on Sunday, May 22, 2011. AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post #

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D.A. Points reacts to a short second shot to the 8th green during the opening round at the 2011 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club on Thursday, August 4, 2011, in Akron, Ohio. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal/MCT) #

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Relief pitcher Jose Valverde #46 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate after they beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 in 10 innings at Kauffman Stadium on August 5, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) #

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Serena Williams, of the United States, reacts after defeating Marion Bartoli, of France, 7-5, 6-1 in the final of the Bank of the West Classic tennis tournament, Sunday, July 31, 2011, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/George Nikitin) #

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New York Yankees' Russell Martin, left, looks up as Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury, right, reacts to his pop out with bases loaded to end the sixth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) #

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North Korea's Mun Hyok reacts during a U-20 World Cup group F soccer match against Argentina in Medellin, Colombia, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides) #

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Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova reacts during her 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 loss to Romania's Simona Halep in the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Toronto on Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young) #

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Sri Lankan Ajantha Mendis celebrates after dismissing Australian Shaun Marsh during the second Twenty20 match between Sri Lanka and Australia at The Pallekele Interntional Cricket Stadium in Pallekelle on August 8, 2011. Sri Lanka defeated Australia by eight runs in the second and final Twenty20 match at the Pallekele International Stadium on Monday to clinch the series 2-0. LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images #

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Stuttgart's headcoach Bruno Labbadia (C) celebrates as Stuttgart's Japanese forward Shinji Okazaki (not seen) scores during the German first division Bundesliga football match VfB Stuttgart vs Schalke 04 in the southern German city of Stuttgart on August 6, 2011. Stuttgart won 3-0. THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP/Getty Images #

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Julia Georges of Germany celebrates her win against Jelena Jankovic of Serbia during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament on Monday, August 8, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Tyler Anderson/National Post/Postmedia News/MCT) #

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Sking Superpipe Men's Finals. Aspen/Snowmass Thursday, January 27, 2011 Kevin Rolland reacts after he captures gold in the skiing superpipe. Photo by AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post #

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Jacoby Ellsbury #2 of the Boston Red Sox and Josh Reddick #16 celebrate the win over the New York Yankees on August 6, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 10-4. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) #

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Netherlands Robin Haase celebrates after winning his final match against Spain's Albert Montanes at the ATP-tournament in Kitzbuehel, Austria, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011. Haase won the match with 6-4, 4-6 and 6-1. (AP Photo/ Kerstin Joensson) #

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San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval celebrates after hitting a home run off Philadelphia Phillies' Cole Hamels during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, in San Francisco. Sandoval had the sole Giant run of the game in a 2-1 defeat. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) #

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Spain's Alvaro Vazquez (R) celebrates his goal during the FIFA U-20 World Cup football tournament match against Australia held at Palo Grande stadium in Manizales, Colombia on August 6, 2011. RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images #

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New York Yankees' Brett Gardner (11) breaks his bat in frustration after striking out to end a baseball game with two men on base against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium in New York, Friday, July 29, 2011. Baltimore won 4-2. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill) #

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The gates were up, training facilities were open and NFL players went back to work.

Now, they need to get ready for the season in a hurry.

After a lockout that lasted 4½ months ended Monday July 25, 2011 with an agreement between the NFL and its players, teams’ facilities were buzzing with activity. Players all around the league were allowed back in to meet with coaches, work out, take physicals and receive playbooks.

Teams were also allowed to sign their drafted players and undrafted free agents, and negotiate with free agents in what will likely be a flurry of activity unlike what the league has ever seen.

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen​ issued a statement Monday afternoon thanking fans for their patience throughout the duration of the lockout. “Although the offseason was unsettling for everyone, this agreement will ensure the continued growth and prosperity of this league well into the future,” said Bowlen, co-chair of the league’s Management Council Executive Committee. “I am thrilled that it is finally time to turn our attention back to the game that all of us love.”

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Cincinnati Bengals safety Rico Murray puts on his helmet at the start of their second practice at NFL football training camp, Sunday, July 31, 2011, in Georgetown, Ky. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) #

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Employees and volunteers for the Miami Dolphins, including one dressed as former coach Don Shula, stand on a downtown Miami street corner Monday, July 25, 2011. NFL players voted to OK a final deal Monday, days after the owners approved a tentative agreement, and the sides finally managed to put an end to the 4Ë -month lockout, the longest work stoppage in league history. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) #

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws during NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) #

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Philadelphia Eagles running back Noel Devine puts his hands up to catch the ball during NFL football training camp at Lehigh University, Friday, July 29, 2011, in Bethlehem, Pa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) #

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Detroit Lions punter Nick Harris kicks during practice at NFL football training camp in Allen Park, Mich., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) #

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Gwynne Chapin, foreground right, hands an ice cream cone to Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Bryan Hall (68) from her truck as his teammates wait in line for their orders following NFL football training camp Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) #

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Houston Texans' Mario Williams cools off during the first day of NFL football training camp Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) #

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Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler looks to a throw during NFL football training camp Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) #

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver O. J. Murdock reaches for a pass around a goal post pad during a drill at NFL football training camp on Saturday, July 30, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) #

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Houston Texans running back Steve Slaton's gloves cover his eyes while catching a pass during NFL football training camp, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) #

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An unidentified Miami Dolphins fan waits for the start of NFL football training camp in Miami, Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) #

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Green Bay Packers' Chastin West (11) and Green Bay Packers' Jordy Nelson catch balls during NFL football training camp Sunday, July 31, 2011, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) #

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Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) throws during training camp at the Denver Broncos football training facility in Englewood, Colo., on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011.(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) #

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Buffalo Bills fan Joe Hart dressed as "Superfan" walks to an NFL football training camp in Pittsford, N.Y., Sunday, July 31, 2011. (AP Photo/David Duprey) #

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Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jorrick Calvin holds on to four balls that he caught as he watches for the next one to during a catching drill at the NFL football team's training camp at Lehigh University on Thursday, July 28, 2011, in Bethlehem, Pa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) #

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New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez wipes his brow while signing autographs after an NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, July 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) #

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Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald hangs on to the football during drills during afternoon practice at Cardinals NFL football training camp Sunday, July 31, 2011, in Flagstaff, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) #

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Denver Broncos Knowshon Moreno (27) gets in extra work catching passes from the jugs machine after the morning session at camp August 1, 2011 at Dove Valley. John Leyba, The Denver Post #

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Tennessee Titans guard Ryan Durand knocks down a blocking dummy during NFL football training camp on Saturday, July 30, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. Watching at right is wide receiver Nate Washington (85). (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) #

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Unrestricted free agent Nick Barnett wears his Superbowl ring while talking with Buffalo Bills coaches during an NFL football training camp in Pittsford, N.Y., Sunday, July 31, 2011. (AP Photo/David Duprey) #

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Mary Steinkraus, from Germantown, Wis., watches the Cleveland Browns practice at the NFL football team's training camp in Berea, Ohio, Sunday, July 31, 2011. Steinkraus is the aunt of Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) #

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Oakland Raiders defensive tackle John Henderson, left, has his helmet adjusted during NFL football training camp in Napa, Calif., Saturday, July 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) #

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn, left, and tackle Derek Hardman, right, work out for the first day in pads during NFL football training camp Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco) #

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Kansas City Chiefs fan Natalie Canon, 9, poses for a photograph by a Chiefs mannequin during the team's NFL football training camp in St Joseph, Mo., Friday, July 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) #

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Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton is all smiles as he stretches with the team during practice. The first day of Bronco's Training camp took place today July 28, 2011 at the team's headquarters at Dove Valley. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Detroit Lions receiver Rashied Davis (82) watches as teammate Stefan Logan, left, walks on his hands during a break in practice at NFL football training camp in Allen Park, Mich., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) #

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Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Keenan Clayton, left, gets a head butt and an ear full from defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, right, during the morning session of NFL football training camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. on Monday, August 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz) #

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Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) catches a pass during training camp at the Denver Broncos football training facility in Englewood, Colo., on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011.(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) #

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Denver Bronco quarterback Tim Tebow is mobbed by media after practice. The first day of Bronco's Training camp took place today July 28, 2011 at the team's headquarters at Dove Valley. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt works out during NFL football training camp Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) #

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton signs autographs after practice at the NFL football team's training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday, July 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) #

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St. Louis Rams full back Brit Miller participates in a drill during NFL football training camp Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at the team's training facility in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) #

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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley removes his cleats after the NFL football team's training camp practice on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) #

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Houston Texans wide receiver Jeff Maehl, left, is tripped up by cornerback Antwaun Molden (28) after catching a pass during the first day of their NFL football training camp Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) #

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Tennessee Titans quarterback Paul Ratliff plays with his son Johnny, 21 months, and Elle, 2, back right, after NFL football training camp Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) #

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Houston Texans players run to a practice field during NFL football training camp, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) #

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The Championships, Wimbledon started in 1877 and is the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in history. The games played and the players who win on Centre Court have become legends. The tournament is played at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on grass courts, the games original surface. The Championships start each June, with the Finals taking place on Centre Court in early July. The winners of the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Singles Final take their place in tennis history as a winner of one of the four tennis Grand Slam tournaments, the others being the US Open, French Open and Australian Open. 2011 total Prize Money is $23.5 million, with $1.77 million each to the men’s and women’s singles champions.

The 2011 tournament Top Men include: No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain vs. Michael Russell of the United States, No. 4 Andy Murray of Britain vs. Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain, No. 6 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic vs. Filippo Volandri of Italy, No. 8 Andy Roddick of the United States vs. Andreas Beck of Germany, No. 10 Mardy Fish of the United States vs. Marcel Granollers of Spain.
Top Women include: No. 2 Vera Zvonareva of Russia vs. Alison Riske of the United States, No. 4 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus vs. Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, No. 6 Francesca Schiavone of Italy vs. Jelena Dokic of Australia, No. 15 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia vs. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain, No. 23 Venus Williams of the United States vs. Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan.

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American tennis player Ellsworth Vines in play at Wimbledon, London on June 26, 1933. (AP Photo/Staff/Putnam) #

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Helen Jacobs, left, and Helen Wills Moody, both ot the United States, pose before the start of the women's singles finals match on Centre Court at Wimbledon, England, July 1. The year is not known. (AP Photo) #

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French tennis player Rene Lacoste, shown in this undated file photo, died at the age of 92 in a hospital at his hometown of St. Jean de Luz, southwestern France, according to his daughter, Sunday, Oct. 13, 1996. Lacoste, who dominated the tennis world in the 1920's and 1930's and created the famed Lacoste sport shirt with the crocodile emblem, won seven major singles titles in his career: Wimbledon twice, the U.S. open twice and the French Open three times. (AP Photo) #

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General view of the Men's Singles match, on No. 1 Court, at Wimbledon, London, on June 28, 1928, between Britain's Henry W. Austin and American William Cohen. Austin defeated Cohen 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. (AP) #

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French tennis champion Rene Lacoste, left, and England's Henry W. Austin after their Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship match, London, June 30, 1928. Lacoste won the match 6-4, 6-4, 6-8, 1-6, 6-2. (AP Photo) #

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American tennis star Helen Wills, in action in the semi-final of the Women's Singles Tournament , at Wimbledon, London, on July 4, 1928. Miss Wills defeated fellow American Elizabeth Ryan, 6-1, 6-1. (AP Photo) #

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Jean Borotra in action against H.W. Artens of Austria, in early rounds of Wimbledon championship, in London, England on July 4, 1931. (AP Photo/Len Putnam) #

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Tennis star Ellsworth Vines is greeted by fans as he arrives home in Pasadena, Calif., Sept. 14, 1932, after winning the Wimbledon and National titles. He is carried on the shoulders of friends at the train station. (AP Photo) #

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American tennis player Helen Jacobs with the Wightman Cup after the USA beat Britain at Wimbledon, London on June 16, 1934. (AP Photo/Staff/Putnam) #

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American tennis player Francis Xavier Shields, Frank Shields, in his match against Henry Wilfred Bunny Austin, unseen, whom he defeated on July 2, 1934, at Wimbledon, London. (AP Photo/Staff/Putnam) #

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American tennis player Sarah Palfrey at Wimbledon, London on July 3, 1934 (AP Photo/Staff/Putnam) #

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King George V raising his hat to Miss Dorothy Round after she had brilliantly beaten Miss Helen Jacobs in the final of the Women's singles at Wimbledon, London on July 7, 1934, thus regaining yet another tennis title for Britain. (AP Photo) #

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Fred Perry of Britain is shown in action in Wimbledon's Men's Singles at the All England Club in Wimbledon, England, July 3, 1936. Perry defeated Baron Gottfried von Cramm of Germany, 6-1, 6-1, 6-0, winning his third consecutive Wimbledon title. (AP Photo) #

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Britain's Queen Mary, wearing dark glasses watching the tennis from the Royal Box on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, London on June 26, 1939, with her majesty is Sir Samuel Hoare, the British Home Secretary, left, who is also President of the British Lawn Tennis Association. (AP Photo/Staff/Putnam) #

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The 1939 Wimbledon tournament started on June 26, with a long programme of Men's Single matches as the opening attractions on all the courts. The weather was unkind to the famous tournament, right, at the start, for low clouds made conditions gloomy in the extreme and rain seemed to threaten at any moment. Roderick Menzel of Germany, in play against E.G. Peters, of Great Britain, in the opening match of the 1939 Wimbledon Tournament on the Centre Court, on June 26, 1939. (AP Photo) #

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American player Sarah Fabyan, during her match with Mrs. Freda Hammersley, the former Freda James, the British Wightman Cup player, whom she beat 6-2, 6-3, at Wimbledon, London, on June 28, 1939. (AP Photo) #

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Jack Kramer of Los Angeles smashes a return shot during his semi-final round match against Dinny Pails of Australia in the men's singles championship at Wimbledon, July 4, 1947. (AP Photo) #

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Jaroslav 'Jeff' Drobny of Egypt is seen playing a forehand at the center court during his quarter finals match against Sven Davidson of Sweden, who he beat: 7-5; 6-4; 6-0 on June 29, 1953 - the seventh day of play at the All-England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, United Kingdom. (AP Photo/Leslie Priest) #

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Bob Falkenburg, left, and Gardnar Mulloy of the U.S. walk on to the tennis court at Wimbledon for their semi-final match, June 30, 1948. (AP Photo) #

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Gertrude Moran races across Centre Court to make a return shot in third round women's singles match in Wimbledon, England, on June 22, 1949. Moran beat Betty Wilford of Britain, 6-2, 6-4. The American tennis player, from Santa Monica, Ca., wears a short tennis dress with ruffled, lace-trimmed briefs showing below the hem. The tennis outfit, designed and sewn by former tennis player-turned-fashion designer Teddy Tinling, earned her the nickname "Gorgeous Gussie." (AP Photo) #

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Jaroslav Drobny from Egypt, in play against Budge Patty, U.S.A., at Wimbledon, England, United Kingdom on June 22, 1953 in the men's singles 'Match of the Day'. (AP Photo/Leslie Priest) #

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'Little Mo', Maureen Connolly of San Diego, California, left, and Miss Doris Hart of Coral Gables, Florida, who will meet each other in the final of the 67th All-England Lawn Tennis Championships on Saturday, July 4, 1953 are seen together after winning their semi-finals matches at Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom on July 2, 1953. Miss Connolly defeated Miss Shirley Fry, Akron, Ohio: 6-1; 6-1. Miss Hart defeated Mrs. Dorothy Head Knode, Alameda, California; 6-2, 6-2. (AP Photo/John Rider-Rider) #

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American athlete Althea Gibson returns to Germany's Edda Buding in the first round of Wimbledon on June 26, 1956. (AP Photo) #

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Althea Gibson, of New York City, slides under the net to return the ball during semi-finals of the women's doubles at the All-England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, England, July 6, 1956. Britain's Angela Buxton and Gibson defeated Louis Brough, of Beverly Hills, Ca., and Shirley Fry of St. Petersburg, Fla., 7-5, 6-4. (AP Photo) #

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Australia’s Lew Hoad (rear) wipes his face as his countryman Ashley Cooper lies sprawled in front of net after a fall during their all-England lawn tennis championship match at Wimbledon, England on July 5, 1957. Hoad defeated Cooper, 6-2, 6-2 to win the Wimbledon title for the second year straight. (AP Photo) #

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Althea Gibson of New York city, holding the large gold plate presented to her as the winner of the Women's Singles Tennis title at Wimbledon, England, July 6, 1957 is kissed by her finals opponent, Darlene Hard, of Montebello, Calif., (Left). Miss Gibson beat Miss Hard 6-3, 6-2 to become the first African American to win a Wimbledon championship. (AP Photo) #

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Althea Gibson, who won the Wimbledon women's singles and doubles, smiles and waves to the crowd from the backseat of the open car during a ticker-tape parade up Broadway in New York City on July 11, 1957. Gibson, of Harlem, N.Y., is the first black person to win the Wimbledon title. (AP Photo) #

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The Wimbledon tennis scene was reflected in the sunglasses of this fan. Sarah Miles, 18, was attending the All England lawn tennis championships at the famed courts in London on June 22, 1960. (AP Photo) #

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Billie Jean Moffitt, of Long Beach, Ca., is shown in action against Yola Ramirez of Mexico at the All-England Lawn Tennis championship in Wimbledon, England, June 29, 1961. Ramirez won 11-9, 1-6, 6-2. (AP Photo/Jim Pringle) #

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Billie Jean Moffittt (King), left, 18 of Long Beach, Calif., and Margaret Smith of Australia pose after Miss Moffitt (King) eliminated the top seeded Miss Smith on June 26, 1962 in one of the biggest upsets of the Wimbledon Tennis Championship. Miss Moffitt (King) won the opening day match 1-6, 6-3, 7-5. (AP Photo) #

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Arthur Robert Ashe, 19, son of a Richmond, Va., policeman and the first African American ever to play in the Wimbledon, England tennis championships, makes a return during match with Australia's J.B. Hillebrand during the second round of the championships, June 26, 1963. Ashe defeated Hillebrand, 5-7, 7-5, 11-9, 3-6, 6-3. Ashe is a junior at UCLA. (AP Photo) #

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Tennis stars at a pre-Wimbledon tennis party held at the Hurlingham Club in London, United Kingdom on June 20, 1965, are from left to right: Carmen Coronado, the Spanish No. 1; Aria Bueno of Brazil, the reigning Wimbledon champion; Helga Schultze of Germany and Madonna Schacht of Australia. (AP Photo/Frank Leonard Tewkesbury) #

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Australian Roy Emerson plays against Mike Sangster of Britain in a second round singles match during the All-England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, June 23, 1965. (AP Photo) #

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Billie Jean King of Long Beach, Ca., is shown in action as she is about to return the ball to Britain's Virginia Wade in the Wightman Cup Tennis tournament in Wimbledon, England on June 10, 1966. King won the match, 6-2, 6-3. (AP Photo) #

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Manuel Santana of Spain waits for a return from Dennis Ralston, back to camera, of the United States in their men's singles final at the Wimbledon lawn tennis championships in London, United Kingdom on July 1, 1966. Santana took the title with a 6-4, 11-9, 6-4 win. (AP Photo/Leslie Priest) #

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Billie Jean King of Long Beach, Ca., holds up her Wimbledon trophy plate after winning the women's singles title at Wimbledon, England, July 2, 1966. King, who wins her first Wimbledon championship, defeated Maria Bueno of Brazil, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. (AP Photo) #

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This is a June 1949 photo of American tennis player from Santa Monica, Calif., Gertrude Moran taken in Wimbledon, England. Moran, also known as "Gorgeous Gussie," poses in her lace trimmed panties in her locker during the English women's singles championship at Wimbledon. (AP Photo) #

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With the games at 17 all, Pancho Gonzales of America takes a breather and rests on his racket during his Centre Court battle with compatriot Charles Pasarell at Wimbledon on June 24, 1969. Pancho, a long-time Wimbledon favourite, lost the first two sets 22-24: 1-6, but the match is not finished. (AP Photo) #

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Arthur Ashe is seen during the third round of the Men's Singles at Wimbledon, England, June 26, 1969. Ashe beat his opponent, Graham Stilwell of Great Britain, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2, 13-15,12-10. (AP Photo) #

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Stan Smith of the United States returns the ball to Ilie Nastase of Romania during first set action at Wimbledon, England, July 9, 1972. Stan went on to win the men's singles final in the All-England Lawn Tennis Club Championships, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. Smith is the first American to win the Wimbledon title since 1963. (AP Photo) #

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Reigning Wimbledon Queen Billie Jean King returns volley to Esme Emmanuel of South Africa in U.S. Open tennis action at Forest Hills, New York on Sept. 3, 1972. The Long Beach, Calif., native handily defeated Emmanuel 6-1, 6-3, in the second round match. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine) #

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Mrs. Billie Jean King, Long Beach, Calif., the Wimbledon's champion, who confirmed last night that there will be no women's boycott of Wimbledon, stretches out on a seat on June 22, 1973 in Kensington Gardens, London after a long night of debate. She is wearing the new fashion in Dacron designed for her for 1973 by Ted Tinling. (AP Photo) #

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Sweden's 17-year-old tennis wonder Bjorn Borg, who has accumulated a following of teenage admirers at Wimbledon, England on June 28, 1973, makes a hurling backhand return to West Germany?s Karl Meiler during the center court singles match. Borg won, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6,6-3. (AP Photo) #

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Sweden's teenage tennis star Bjorn Borg gets an adoring glance from a girl spectator as he packs his tennis racquets after being beaten by Britai'’s top tennis star Roger Taylor in the quarter-final of the Men's Singles of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, United Kingdom, on July 3, 1973. Taylor can be seen in background wearing white shirt. (AP Photo/Bob Dear) #

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Mrs. Billie Jean KIng of Long Branch, Calif., right, holds her trophy while 18-year-old Chris Evert of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., looks down at her runners-up medal at Wimbledon, London, July 7, 1973. This is the fifth win for Billie Jean King. (AP Photo) #

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Tennis stars Chris Evert, right, and Jimmy Connors show off their Wimbledon trophies, 1974. (AP Photo) #

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Australia's John Newcombe, a former winner of the Men's singles title at Wimbledon , June 1974. (AP Photo) #

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Indian tennis player Vimay Amritraj in action against Australian Ken Rosewall, during their match in the men's Singles Championship at Wimbledon England, on June 25, 1974. Rosewall won the match 6-2, 5-7: 9-8; 6-1. (AP Photo) #

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Bjorn Borg, Sweden's 18-year-old tennis star, is escorted by police and a security guard, right, as he leaves tennis court at Wimbledon, England, June 27, 1974, after defeating Australia's Ross Case. The escort has become necessary to keep Borg from a hovering mass of teenage tennis buffs waiting to descend upon their hero. One autograph seeker is visible, at left, following Borg hopefully. (AP Photo) #

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Rumania's Ilie Nastase clowns with an umbrella, during play in his mens singles championship against Dick Stockton of the United States, at Wimbledon, England. July 2, 1974. Neither the umbrella nor the clowning did Nastase - the number two seed - any good -- he lost. Final scores: 5-7; 6-4; 6-3; 9-8 for a Stockton win. (AP Photo) #

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Bjorn Borg, the Swedish teenage champion, crashed out of the Wimbledon Tennis championships in England on July 2, 1974. He was beaten in the men?s singles by Egypt?s unseeded left hander Ismail El Shafei 6-2, 6-3, 6-1. Happy Shafei, left, and dejected Borg walk off after the match. (AP Photo) #

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In between sets of the Women's Singles final at Wimbledon, London on July 5, 1974 Olga Morozova of Russia, left, reflects on losing the first set 6-0 and Chris Evert cools off. Chris Evert of the United States defeated Olga Morozova 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo) #

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Jimmy Connors of Belleville, Ill., is seen in action at Wimbledon during the finals of the men's singles championship against Australian Ken Rosewall, July 6, 1974. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp) #

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American tennis player Chris Evert at full stretch during the Ladies Singles final at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on July 6, 1974 when she defeated Olga Morozova of Russia, unseen, 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo) #

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Wimbledon's Men's Singles champion Jimmy Connors of Belleville, Ill. and his fiance, Women's Singles champion Chris Evert (Fort Lauderdale, Fla) at the Lawn Tennis Association ball at London's Grosvenor House on July 6, 1950. The couple led off the dancing. (AP Photo) #

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Ilie Nastase of Romania, clowns as he takes shelter from the sun under a linesman's chair at Wimbledon, England , June 24, 1975 before beating Temuraz Kakulia of USSR in the men's singles championships. Nastase won in three straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. (AP Photo) #

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America's Billie Jean King gets airborne to return a shot from Chris Evert during their ladies single semi-final match on the center court of the All-England club at Wimbledon, London on Wednesday, July 2, 1975. Mrs. King beat Miss Evert 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, to reach the final where she will play Evonne Goolagong Cawley of Australia. (AP Photo) #

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Arthur Ashe, right, shakes hands with his opponent, last year's champion Jimmy Connors, after defeating him in the final match of the men's singles championship at Wimbledon, England, July 5, 1975. (AP Photo) #

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Jimmy Connors dives to return the ball to Arthur Ashe in the final set of the 1975 Wimbledon Men's Tennis Final in London, July 5, 1975. Ashe defeated Connors, 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4. ( AP Photo/Staff/Caulkin) #

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Arthur Ashe holds the Gentlemen's Singles Trophy after defeating fellow American Jimmy Conners (6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4) in the final of the men's singles championship at the All England Lawn Tennis Championship in Wimbledon, England, July 5, 1975. (AP Photo) #

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Eighteen-year-old John McEnroe of the United States rests on his knees after falling during his men?s singles semifinal match with countryman Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon on Thursday, July 1, 1977. Connors won the match, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, and will go against Bjorn Borg in the final of the all England tennis championship. (AP Photo) #

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Jul 1978: Martina Navratilova of Czechoslovakia in action during the Wimbledon ladies singles final against Chris Evert of the USA at the All England Tennis Club in London. \ Mandatory Credit: Tony Duffy /Allsport #

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Three times Wimbledon champion Fred Perry, aged 68, interviewing Swedish tennis star Bjorn Borg for BBC Television at Wimbledon, England on Thursday, July 6, 1978. Borg, the defending Wimbledon champion, meets Jimmy Connors of the United States in the men?s singles semi-final. (AP Photo/Keith Hammett ) #

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Sweden's Bjorn Borg goes down on his knees and throws his hands up in the air, as he wins the Men's Singles tennis championship at Wimbledon Saturday, July 8, 1978, for the third consecutive year. Borg defeated Jimmy Connors of the United States 6-2; 6-2; 6-3, to become the second man ever to win the Men's Singles title three times in a row. (AP Photo/Bob Dear) #

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John McEnroe of the United States gets off the ground, as he hurtles across Wimbledon?s Centre Court in Wimbledon, England on Wednesday, June 27, 1979, in an effort to reach a shot from Britain?s Buster Mottram, during their Men?s Singles second round match. McEnroe went on to win the match 6-7; 6-2; 7-6; 6-2. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin) #

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A serious faced Billie Jean King rests her chin in her hand, during a break in her Ladies Singles quarterfinal match against Tracy Austin on Wimbledon's Centre on July 2, 1979. King, six times winner of the championship, was defeated 6-4; 6-7; 6-2, by 16 year-old Austin, who will play defending champion Martina Navratilova in the semi-finals of the tournament. (AP Photo/ Robert Dear) #

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Billie Jean King, right, is all smiles as she and Martina Navratilova, center, hold the Women's Doubles trophy on Saturday July 7, 1979 at Wimbledon. For King it was a record 20th Wimbledon title and for Martina it was her second championship win in two days. Applauding at left is Britains Duchess of Kent. (AP Photo) #

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Andrea Jaeger of the United States puts her head back and throws up her arm in despair, after missing a shot in her Ladies Singles fourth round match against Britain's Virginia Wade, on Wimbledon's Center Court on June 30, 1980. Despite the missed shot, Jaeger, at fifteen, the youngest ever Wimbledon seed, went on to beat Wade 9-2; 7-6. (AP Photo/Robert Dear) #

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Sweden's Bjorn Borg, left, and John McEnroe of the United States, walk together after the 1980 Men's Singles Final at Wimbledon, England, July 1980. The two tennis stars are to relive their classic championship finals on the Buckingham Palace tennis court, it was announced in London Thursday, May 25, 2000. They will replay the 1980 and 1981 Centre Court battles at a charity tennis afternoon hosted by Prince Andrew. (AP Photo/PA) #

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John McEnroe of the United States argues a line call with the umpire, during his Men's Singles semi-final match on Wimbledon's Centre Court on Friday, July 4, 1980 in London, against fellow American Jimmy Connors. McEnroe claimed that he aced Connors, but the umpire-who's decision was upheld - disagreed. (PA Photo) #

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Bjorn Borg reacts after defeating John McEnroe to win his fifth consecutive Wimbledon singles championship, July 5, 1980. (AP Photo/Adam Stoltman) #

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John McEnroe of the United States kicks his racquet into the air, during a stormy outburst on Wimbledon’s number one court, Monday, June 22, 1981, while playing fellow American Tom Gullikson in a Men’s singles first round match. Number two seed McEnrow was given a warning, lost two penalty points, and broke a racquet, before defeating Gullikson 7-6; 7-5; 6-3. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp) #

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John McEnroe of the United States balances his trophy on his head after winning the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Saturday, July 4, 1981. McEnroe defeated defending champion Bjorn Borg of Sweden, 4-6; 7-6; 7-6; 6-4, in a center court battle that lasted nearly three-and-a-half hours. (AP Photo/Bob Dear) #

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John McEnroe of the United States clutches his stomach after a fall, tries to turn over, during the Men?s Singles final on Wimbledon?s Centre Court in England on Saturday, July 4, 1981. McEnroe was playing defending champion Bjorn Borg of Sweden. (AP Photo/Bob Dear) #

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Jun 1982: Chris Evert of the united states plays a two-handed backhand during a match at the 1982 Wimbledon tennis championships. Photo Getty Images #

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Billie Jean King reacts as she is beaten by Chris Evert Lloyd in a Ladies Singles Championship semi final match at Wimbledon, London on July 2, 1982. Title holder Lloyd won 7-6, 2-6, 6-3 over her American compatriot. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp) #

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Jimmy Connors, leaps high as he beats title holder John McEnroe, to take the Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship title in London on July 4, 1982. He won 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4. (AP Photo/Bob Dear) #

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Virginia Wade of Great Britain during her Women's Singles Quarter Final match against Yvonne Vermaak at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship on 27th June 1983 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon in London, England.(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images) #

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John McEnroe, of the United States, hurtles through the air to reach a shot from Ivan Lendl during their Men's Singles semi-final match at Wimbledon's center court, England, Friday, July 1, 1983. McEnroe went on to win the match 7-6 (7-5); 6-4; 6-4. (AP Photo/Bob Dear) #

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Chris Evert, left, and Martina Navratilova joke with Police Constable Les Bowie on Number Two Court at Wimbledon, England, July 4, 1985. The two American tennis players will next meet in the Wimbledon women's singles final on Saturday, July 6. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin) #

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Boris Becker holds the Wimbledon Singles Tennis Championship trophy on his head after he beat Kevin Curren, of the USA, in the final, July 07, 1985 in Wimbledon. The 17-year-old West German is the youngest ever to win the title. (AP Photo/Bob Dear) #

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Britain's Diana Princess of Wales registers a range of emotions, as she watches the Men's Singles, fourth round tennis match between Australia's Pat Cash and Sweden's Mats Wilander, from the Royal Box at Wimbledon's Centre Court, London, June 30, 1986. Cash scored a surprise win over Wilander. (AP Photo/Bob Dear) #

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Czechoslovakian player Ivan Lendl stretches across Wimbledon's Number One Court, to reach a shot from Tim Mayotte, unseen, during their Men's Singles quarters final match at Wimbledon, London, July 2, 1986. Lendl won the match. (AP Photo/Staff/Caulkin) #

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Boris Becker yells in celebration after defeating Ivan Lendl in the men's singles final at Wimbledon, July 6, 1986. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin) #

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Jun 1987: Martina Navratilova of the USA plays a backhand volley in the Womens' semi-final during the Wimbledon Championships played at Wimbledon, London, England. Allsport UK #

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West Germany's Steffi Graf turns away after missing a point against Jana Novotna, during their Women's Singles, fourth round match at Wimbledon, England, June 30, 1987. Graf won the match, and will meet Gabriela Sabatini in the quarter-finals. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp) #

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American tennis player Jimmy Connors winces as pain killer is applied to his leg by an unidentified trainer, during his Men's Singles, fourth round match against Mikael Pernfors, on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, on July 1, 1987. Connors, 34, battled back from the brink of elimination, to win the match 1-6, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2, to reach the quarter finals of the tournament. (AP Photo/Staff/Dear) #

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New Champion Stefan Edberg carries his trophy, shown with girlfriend Annette Olsson while leaving Wimbledon on Monday, July 5, 1988. Edberg defeated Boris Becker in the Men's Singles Final to win the Championship for the first time. (AP Photo) #

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Veteran Jimmy Connors uses his racquet the wrong way up, while clowning on Wimbledon's Centre Court in Wimbledon, London, on June 26, 1989, during his Men's Singles first round match against Andrei Chersakov of the Soviet Union. Connors went on to win the match 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the second round of the tournament. (AP Photo) #

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Surrounded by private security guards, America's three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe arrives for play against Australian John Fitzgerald in Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 3, 1989 . On Friday, June 30 the American tennis star was allegedly attacked by a man with a aerosol can of air freshener as he left the venue and was later subjected to death threats. (AP Photo) #

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Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia pumps his arms in the air after winning a point against Boris Becker during their Men's Singles semi final match at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship on 7th July 1989 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon in London, England. (Photo by Bob Martin/Getty Images) #

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The USA's Andre Agassi tears into a shot from Yugoslavia's Goran Prpic during their second round match at Wimbledon, England, Saturday, June 29, 1991. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin) #

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The USA's John McEnroe pleads with a disinterested line judge during his match with France's Jean-Philippe Fleurian at Wimbledon, England on Sunday, June 30, 1991. (AP Photo/Denis Paquin) #

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Andre Agassi dries his tears of joy on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, after defeating Goran Ivanisevic to win the men's singles championship, Sunday, July 5, 1992. Agassi won 6-7 (8-10), 6-4, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 to capture his first Grand Slam title. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin) #

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Jun 1993: Boris Becker of Germany flies through the air to volley the winner during a singles match at the Wimbledon Championships in London. \ Mandatory Credit: Chris Cole /Allsport #

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Andre Agassi, right, and Germany's Bernd Karbacher sit facing the ends of Wimbledon's Centre Court during a break in their Men's Single match, Monday, June 21, 1993 in Wimbledon. This security measure allows the players to see the crowd, and is a result of Monica Seles' stabbing earlier this year during a tournament in Germany. (AP Photo/Denis Paquin) #

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Andre Agassi falls to the ground, after missing a shot from Todd Martin during their Men's Singles, fourth round match on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, Monday, June 27, 1994. Martin won the match 6-3, 7-5, 6-7 (0-7), 4-6, 6-1. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin) #

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Anke Huber of Germany clasps her together to show some emotion during her Women's Singles match against Arantxa Sanchez Vicario during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship on 3rd July 1995 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon in London,England. (Photo by Gary M. Prior/Getty Images) #

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Japan's Shuzo Matsuoka lies on Wimbledon's Court 13 as opponent Michael Joyce of the U.S. slumps on his chair after their men's singles fourth round match, Monday, July 3, 1995. Matsuoka won the match 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to become Japan's first quarter finalist at Wimbledon in 62 years. (AP Photo/Gill Allen) #

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Japan's Ai Sugiyama returns to Germany's Anke Huber, during their Women's Singles, third round match on Wimbledon's Number One Court, Saturday June 29, 1996. Sugiyama, won the match 7-6(7-3), 6-1.(AP Photo/Gill Allen) #

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Pete Sampras of the United States kisses the trophy after winning his Men's Singles Final match against Cedric Pioline at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship on 6th July 1997 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon in London, England.(Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) #

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4 Jul 1999: Pete Sampras of the United States in commanding form during the Men's Singles Championship Final match against Andre Agassi also of the United States played at the All England Club in Wimbledon, England. The match finished in a comprehensive straight sets victory for Pete Sampras and he went on to equal Roy Emersons record of twelve Grand Slam Singles titles. \ Mandatory Credit: Gary M Prior/Allsport #

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US sisters Venus (R) and Serena Williams (L) hold the Ladies' Doubles trophy after winning their final match at the Wimbledon 2000 tennis tournament against Japanese Ai Sugiyama (L) and her French partner Julie Halard-Decugis (L) 10 July 2000. Williams/Williams won the match in 6-3 and 6-2. (GERRY PENNY/AFP/Getty Images) #

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LONDON - JULY 3: Martina Navratilova of USA reacts during her ladies doubles match with Lisa Raymond of USA at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship on July 3, 2004 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London. Navratilova and Raymond played against Liezel Huber of South Africa and Ai Sugiyama of Japan. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images) #

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LONDON, United Kingdom: Maria Sharapova of Russia serves to Venus Williams of the US during their semi final match at the 119th Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, 30 June, 2005. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images) #

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LONDON - JULY 09: Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot to Roger Federer of Switzerland during the men's final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 9, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images) #

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LONDON - JULY 07: Venus Williams of USA hugs the trophy following her victory during the Women's Singles final match against Marion Bartoli of France during day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2007 in London, England. Williams won 6-4, 6-1. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) #

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LONDON - JUNE 26: Rafael Nadal of Spain serves during the round two men's singles match against Ernests Gulbis of Latvia on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 26, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) #

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LONDON - JULY 03: Serena Williams of United States serves during the women's singles Semi Final match against Jie Zheng of China on day ten of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 3, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) #

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LONDON - JULY 06: Roger Federer of Switzerland congratulates Rafael Nadal of Spain in winning match point and the Championship during the men's singles Final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) #

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WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: A general view of the closed roof over Centre Court on Day Six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) #

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Serena Williams celebrates after beating her sister Venus 7-6, 6-2, during their Women's Singles Final of the 2009 Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Tennis Club, in southwest London, on July 4, 2009. AFP PHOTO/CARL DE SOUZA #

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A femail tennis player prepares to serve during a tennis match on the third day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in southwest London, on June 23, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK #

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Spanish player Rafael Nadal returns a ball to French player Paul-Henri Mathieu during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Tennis Club, in southwest London on June 28, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK #

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Venus Williams of USA in action during her Quarter Final match against Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria on Day Eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) #

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Rafael Nadal of Spain holds the Championship trophy after winning the Men's Singles Final match against Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic on Day Thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 4, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) #

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Rafael Nadal of Spain holds the Championship trophy in front of the media after winning the Men's Singles Final match against Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic (R) on Day Thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 4, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Stefan Wermuth-Pool/Getty Images) #

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: A general view of play during day one of the Wimbledon Championships 2011 Qualifying on June 13, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) #

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WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Centre court is seen during the Andy Murray of Great Britain vs Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland men's singles fourth round match on Day Seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2009 in London, England. The match is played under the closed Centre Court roof. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images) #

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Play began on Sunday at Roland Garros in the French Open. Top-ranked Rafael Nadal began his bid to tie Bjorn Borg’s record of six titles at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament. On the women’s side, defending French Open champion, Francesca Schiavone, starts off the tournament as the fifth seed. Schiavone advanced to the second round easily over American Melanie Oudin of Marietta, Ga. while Nadal had a tougher match, beating American John Isner in five sets. Also advancing to the second round were Australian Open finalists Andy Murray and Li Na, as well as Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters and two-time French Open finalist Robin Soderling.

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A ballgirl runs with a ball during a break in the women's singles round one match between Shuai Zhang of China and Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia on day two of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 23, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) #

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David Ferrer of Spain serves during the men's singles round one match between David Ferrer of Spain and Jarkko Nieminen of Finland on day one of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 22, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) #

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A general view of Court Phillippe Chatrier as Roger Federer of Switzerland serves during the men's singles first round match between Feliciano Lopez of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland on day two of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 23, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) #

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia stretches to hit a forehand during the men's singles first round match between Thiemo De Bakker of Netherlands and Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day two of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 23, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) #

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A detail view of the shoes belonging to Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina during the men's singles first round match between Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina and Ivo Karlovic of Croatia on day two of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 23, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) #

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Heather Watson of Great Britain celebrates during the women's singles round one match between Stephanie Foretz Gacon of France and Heather Watson of Great Britain on day two of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 23, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) #

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Marion Bartoli of France plays a backhand during the women's singles round one match between Marion Bartoli of France and Anna Tatishvili of Georgia on day two of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 23, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) #

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Michael Berrer of Germany serves during the men's singles first round match between Michael Berrer of Germany and Milos Raonic of Canada on day two of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 23, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) #

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Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a forehand during the men's singles round one match between Andy Murray of Great Britain and Eric Prodon of France on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) #

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Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during the women's singles round one match between Maria Sharapova of Russia and Mirjana Lucic of Croatia on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) #

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Johanna Larsson of Sweden serves during the women's singles round one match between Johanna Larsson of Sweden and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) #

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Rafael Nadal of Spain serves during the men's singles round one match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and John Isner of USA on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) #

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Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia celebrates a point during the women's singles round one match between Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia and Vania King of USA on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) #

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Vania King of USA hits a forehand during the women's singles round one match between Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia and Vania King of USA on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) #

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A dejected Ana Ivanovic of Serbia reacts as she heads towards defeat during the women's singles round one match between Johanna Larsson of Sweden and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) #

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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates match point during the men's singles round one match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and John Isner of USA on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) #

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John Isner of USA serves during the men's singles round one match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and John Isner of USA on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) #

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Ryan Harrison of USA stretches for a forehand during the men's singles round one match between Ryan Harrison of USA and Robin Soderling of Sweden on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) #

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Rafael Nadal of Spain looks on during the men's singles round one match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and John Isner of USA on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) #

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Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus hits a forehand during the women's singles round one match between Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus and Kim Clijsters of Belgium on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) #

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Rafael Nadal of Spain shows his dejection during the men's singles round one match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and John Isner of USA on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) #

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Fernando Verdasco of Spain hits a forehand during the men's singles round one match between Juan Monaco of Argentina and Fernando Verdasco of Spain on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) #

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Rafael Nadal of Spain shows his dejection during the men's singles round one match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and John Isner of USA on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) #

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Juan Monaco of Argentina serves during the men's singles round one match between Juan Monaco of Argentina and Fernando Verdasco of Spain on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) #

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Belarus' Victoria Azarenka returns the ball to Czech Republic's Andrea Hlavackova during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Tuesday, May 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) #

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Russia's Maria Sharapova blows a kiss to the public after defeating Croatia's Mirjana Lucic during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Tuesday, May, 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler) #

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Coco Vandeweghe of the US balances the ball on her fingers in her match against Maria Kirilenko of Russia during the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday May 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) #

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French tennis lover Marion shows her support for Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, May, 21, 2011. The French Open tennis tournament starts Sunday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) #

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Defending champion Spain's Rafael Nadal serves the ball to USA's John Isner during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Tuesday, May 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) #

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Spain's Rafael Nadal (R) returns the ball to US John Isner during their Men's first round match in the French Open tennis championship at the Roland Garros stadium, on May 24, 2011, in Paris. (THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images) #

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Japan's Junri Namigata serves to Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak during their Women's first round match in the French Open tennis championship at the Roland Garros stadium, on May 23, 2011, in Paris. (THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images) #

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France's Gael Monfils reacts after a point against Germany's Bjorn Phau during their Men's first round match in the French Open tennis championship at the Roland Garros stadium, on May 23, 2011, in Paris. (PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images) #

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Ball bays look at a match during the French Open tennis championship at the Roland Garros stadium, on May 24, 2011, in Paris. (JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images) #

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A herald of summer to come the teams gather on the playing fields among the palms and cactus for spring training. With a month to go there’s cobwebs to clear, muscles to tone and skills to hone.

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