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Qualifying a nasty business, but rewards are unassailable

Think a major is grueling? For Scoville Jenkins and Bethanie Mattek, the added dogfight of qualifying is that much more daunting.

Updated: May 28, 2008, 3:44 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- A multitude of perks await those who join the top 100 tennis players on the planet. But beyond prize money and unadulterated adulation -- including free tennis balls -- there is this most precious commodity: a standing invitation to the Grand Slam tournaments.

For a player outside of the top 100, playing in one of the world's majors is rare event, a privilege that ranks above almost anything the sport can give. If you are a native of the country that hosts the event ...

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