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With 16 singles matches, terrific tennis on display

Updated: June 28, 2005, 12:11 PM ET
By Barry Lorge | Special to ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- At the beginning of the long day's journey into night at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club on Monday, John Barrett, Britain's ever-cheerful and insightful man about tennis, said with irrepressible enthusiasm: "I love this day. The whole tournament sort of explodes. Sixteen singles matches. It's wonderful."

Barrett has been, at various times, Davis Cup player and captain, tennis honcho for equipment manufacturer Slazenger (longtime supplier of balls at Wimbledon), ...

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