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Day of devastation at Wimbledon

Updated: June 27, 2013, 10:06 AM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- It was an onslaught that dramatically opened up both the men's and women's tournament and will likely heighten questions about the short length of the grass-court season.

Wednesday was marked not by the athletic splendor on the grass, but the startling number of players who were taken off it.

It started with John Isner, the top-ranked American in the draw, who retired with a knee injury just four minutes into the match. And then …

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