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What a wild, wacky 2008 tennis season it has been

We can simply dub the 2008 tennis season as volatile and unpredictable. From the slumping Roger Federer, to the abrupt retirement of Justine Henin, expect nothing to make sense at the U.S. Open.

Updated: August 21, 2008, 6:49 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

Tennis loves a ritual, and there will be plenty of that on the first night of the U.S. Open. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Open era -- the falling of the anachronistic, Berlin Wall-like barrier between amateurs and professionals -- 40 champions will be recognized in a ceremony at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

It's a nifty coincidence that there are 40 names to honor over those four decades, and that Ashe himself would have led the parade had it not been ...

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