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The Associated Press

June 30, 2020, 9:15 AM

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WIMBLEDON, England — Wimbledon is, of course, known for its carefully groomed grass courts — or, more properly, lawns.

The surface is one of the most distinct aspects of the All England Club’s Grand Slam tournament, which first was played in the 1870s.

Not this year, though: Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since 1945 because of the coronavirus pandemic. No sanctioned tennis is scheduled anywhere until August.

So leave it to Associated Press photos from the past to offer a glimpse of what makes the place unique.

The green grass and purple flowers. The mandatory

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