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Atmospheric Disturbances

Despite its place in sports lore, every bit of Wimbledon is under constant renovation.

Updated: June 28, 2011, 10:37 AM ET
By Louisa Thomas

When Novak Djokovic hammered his racket against the ground after floating a backhand long during his match with Marcos Baghdatis on Saturday, I thought about the grass. More precisely, I thought about Robert Twynam and the grass. Twynam — the subject of a long and fond New Yorker profile by John McPhee — used to tend the sward on Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Twynam was a peculiar man. He did not so much grow the grass as love it. "Mr. Twynam regards ...

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