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Open tennis accepted for Wimbledon

Updated: December 10, 2000, 4:30 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Dec. 14, 1967

While the International Lawn Tennis Federation has repeatedly rejected open tennis proposals, the tennis barons of Britain defy tradition and vote overwhelmingly to abolish the line between amateurs and pros. This "revolt" by the British Lawn Tennis Association, by a vote of 295-5, opens the way for open tennis at Wimbledon.

The move is made because the English are tired of the hypocrisy in the sport, the shamateurism that plagues high-class tennis. It ...

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