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Retread of post orginally made on 18 Mar 2004

I was attending a workshop at XP/Agile Universe in 2002 when the
phrase 'Specification By Example' struck me as a way to describe one
of roles of testing in XP.

(These days it's terribly unfashionable to talk about Test Driven
Development (TDD) having anything to do with testing, but like Jon I do think that having a comprehensive automated test suite
is more valuable than the term 'side-effect' implies. Rather like if
someone offered me a million dollars to hike up a mountain. I may say
that the main purpose of the hike is the enjoyment of nature, but the
side-effect to my wallet is hardly trivial....)

Specification By Example isn't the way most of us have been
brought up to think of specifications. Specifications are supposed to
be general, to cover all cases. Examples only highlight a few points,
you have to infer the generalizations yourself. This does mean that
Specification By Example can't be the only requirements technique you
use, but it doesn't mean that it can't take a leading role.

So far the dominant idea with rigorous specifications, that is
those that can be clearly judged to be passed or failed, is to use pre
and post conditions. These techniques dominate in formal methods, and
also underpin Design

by Contract. These techniques have their place, but they aren't
ideal. The pre-post conditions can be very easy to write in some
situations, but others can be very tricky. I've tried to use them in a
number enterprise application settings, and I've found that in many
situations it's as hard to write the pre and post conditions as it is
to write the solution. One of the great things about specification by
example is that examples are usually much easier to come up with,
particularly for the non-nerds who we write the software for. (Timothy Budd pointed out that while you can
show a lot of stack behavior with pre and post conditions, it's very
tricky to write pre and post conditions that show the LIFO
property.)

An important property of TDD tests is that they involve a
double-check. In fact this highlights an amusing little lie of the XP
community. They make a very strong point of saying things Once and
Only Once, but in fact they always say things twice: once in the code
and once in the tests. Kent has pointed out that this double-check
principle is a vital principle, and it's certainly one that humans use
all the time. The value of the double check is very much tied into
using different methods for each side of the double check. Combining
Specification By Example with production code means that you have both
things said quite differently, which increases their ability to find
errors.

The formal specification community have constantly had trouble
verifying that a design satisfies a specification, particularly in
doing this without error prone humans. For Specification By Example,
this is easy. Another case of Specification By Example being less
valuable in theory but more valuable in practice.

One Design by Contract fan pointed out that if you write a
specification in terms of tests, then the supplier could satisfy the
specification by just returning hard-coded responses to the specific
test inputs. My flippant answer to this is that if you are concerned
about this then the issue of tests versus Design by Contract is the
least of your worries. But there is a serious point here. Tests are
always going to be incomplete, so they always have to be backed up
with other mechanisms. Being the twisted mind that I am, I actually
see this as a plus. Since it's clear that Specification By Example
isn't enough, it's clear that you need to do more to ensure that
everything is properly communicated. One of the most dangerous things
about a traditional requirements specification is when people think
that once they've written it they are done communicating.

Specification By Example only works in the context of a working
relationship where both sides are collaborating and not fighting. The
examples trigger abstractions in the design team while keeping the
abstractions grounded. You do need more - things like regular
conversation, techniques like Domain Driven
Design
, indeed even doses of Design by Contract. While I've
never had the opportunity to use Design by Contract fully (i.e. with
Eiffel) I regularly think about interfaces in contractual terms.
Specification By Example is a powerful tool, perhaps my most used
tool, but never my only tool.

(For more thinking on Specification By Example, if not by that
name, take a look at Brian Marick's
writings. Somewhere on his site there probably is one super page that
sums up his view on it. Of course finding it is less valuable than
reading all the stuff there while you're trying)

Some Later Comments

A couple of years after I first wrote this, there was a post by Cedric
Beust
that was critical of agile methods that
caused a minor blog spat. There were rebuttals by Jeff Langr and Bob
Martin
, and I sent this post through the feed again. Jeff Langr
later added a nice
example
using using tests as specification by example for Java's
Math.pow function.

reposted on 17 Nov 2011

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Addison-Wesley has published a new book in my Signature Series. It’s by Robert Daigneau and it’s called Service Design Patterns. It’s a topic that’s already had too many books on it, but I added this one to the series because I think Robert has done a particularly good job of collecting together the best advice on the topic and organizing it into a useful handbook. This is the book that I think ought to become the standard book on the topic.

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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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