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A photographic look at preparations at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London

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Ground staff pull a rain cover across an outside court, a day before the start of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London June 23, 2013.

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The Champagne bar at Cafe Pergola at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in Wimbledon, England, June 21, 2013. In a few days the Wimbledon Championships will begin, but for now the All England Club is quiet.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain changes his shirt during a training session at Wimbledon in London June 22, 2013.

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Ground staff prepare the tournament indicator board at Wimbledon in London June 22, 2013.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a return during a training session at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, June 23, 2013. The Championships start Monday, with defending men's champion Roger Federer of Switzerland attempting to win the title for the eighth time.

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A groundsman applies white lines making final preparations on Court 12 for the start of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, June 23, 2013. The Wimbledon Championships start Monday, with defending men's champion Roger Federer of Switzerland attempting to win the title for the eighth time.

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia stretches before a practice session at Wimbledon in London June 23, 2013.

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A topiary in the shape of a television camera operator is seen in a broadcast position, a day before the start of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London June 23, 2013.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain serves during a training session at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, June 23, 2013. The Championships start Monday, with defending men's champion Roger Federer of Switzerland attempting to win the title for the eighth time.

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Britain's Andy Murray stretches during a practice session before the start of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London June 23, 2013.

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Maria Sharapova of Russia gestures after a practice session before the start of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London June 23, 2013.

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Security staff hired by multinational firm G4S are briefed a day before the start of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London June 23, 2013.

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Groundsmen make final preparations on the outside courts backdropped by Centre Court, for the start of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, June 23, 2013. The Wimbledon Championships start Monday, with defending men's champion Roger Federer of Switzerland attempting to win the title for the eighth time.

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Serena Williams of the U.S. speaks at a news conference the day before the start of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 23, 2013.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland (L) shakes hands with Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina during a practice session.

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A member of the ground staff prepares a court before the start of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London June 23, 2013.

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia stretches before a practice session at Wimbledon in London June 23, 2013.

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David Ferrer of Spain reacts after a practice session before the start of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London June 23, 2013.

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The covers are seen pulled across Centre Court before the start of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London June 23, 2013.

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