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Wimbledon champ carries weight of nation

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POSTED June 22, 2014 11:03 p.m.

LONDON (AP) — The first question posed to Andy Murray at his pre-Wimbledon news conference concerned England’s early exit from the World Cup and how the tennis player might feel “to have the hopes of a despondent nation” on his shoulders.

Murray paused, before replying with a single word: “Wow.” Then Murray smiled and again said, “Wow.” Welcome back to the All England Club, Andy, where the attention and expectations are unlike those heaped on any tennis player at any other tournament.

Novak and Boris

Boris Becker won three Wimbledon titles in the 1980s and was a runner-up four times, and now he’s helping coach No. 1-seeded Novak Djokovic. “This is his surface. This is his home,” said Djokovic, the 2011 champion and 2013 runner-up. It’s their first trip to the All England Club as a pair.

Venus on Court 2

Venus Williams has won five singles trophies at the All England Club, but she hasn’t won a match there since 2011. She lost in the first round on Court 2 in 2012, then missed Wimbledon last year with a back injury. Today, the 30th-seeded Williams returns to Court 2, facing Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor.

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