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Mixed U.S. results, cancan kick off French Open

Originally Published: May 22, 2011
By Sandra Harwitt

Fortnight plus one

PARIS -- Even the most casual of tennis fans can easily identify the distinguishing feature of the French Open. Who wouldn't take notice of players gliding across a terracotta-hued clay court, whose kicked-up dirt creates a swirling cloud and clings to socks as if glue? It's a remarkable sight, as is the chess-like construction of points that is most evident on this surface.

There is another unique feature that separates the French Open from the other ...

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