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FILE - In this July 13, 2017, file photo, Rick Street mows the grass on Centre Court at the All England Club on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. At 7:30 a.m. each day of the Wimbledon fortnight, hours before competition begins, the keepers of the grass gather to meticulously prepare the tournament's famous courts for play.
FILE - In this Monday, July 1, 2019, file photo, Russia's Margarita Gasparyan serves to Germany's Anna-Lena Friedsam during their women's singles match on day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.
FILE - In this Sunday, June 22, 2014, file photo, a groundsman prepares a flower display the day before the tennis tournament starts at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London.
FILE - In this July 7, 2017, file photo, strawberries and cream for sale are shown on display on day five at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.
FILE - In this July 6, 2012, file photo, spectators shelter under umbrellas as they watch Novak Djokovic of Serbia face Roger Federer of Switzerland in a men's semifinal match as rain delays play on the outer courts at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon.
FILE - In this Saturday, July 13, 2019, file photo, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex chat as they sit in the Royal Box on Centre Court to watch the women's singles final match between Serena Williams of the United States and Romania's Simona Halep on day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.
FILE - In this Friday, July 5, 2019, file photo, United States' Cori "Coco" Gauff celebrates after beating Slovenia's Polona Hercog in a women's singles match during day five of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.
FILE - In this Tuesday, July 2, 2019, file photo, Australia's Nick Kyrgios returns the ball between his legs to Australia's Jordan Thompson in a men's singles match during day two of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.
FILE - In this July 3, 1997, file photo, Peter Sampras serves to Boris Becker during their men's singles quarterfinal match on the Centre Court at Wimbledon.
FILE - In this Wednesday, June 27, 1990, file photo, defending champion Boris Becker of Germany flies through the air to return a shot from Australia's Wally Masur during their second round match at Wimbledon. Becker won the match 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.
FILE - In this June 24, 2010, file photo, John Isner reacts as he defeats France's Nicolas Mahut, in their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon.
FILE - In this Tuesday, June 30, 2015, file photo, spectators walk around the grounds during the second day of play at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London.
FILE - In this Tuesday, June 30, 2015, file photo, spectators sit on "Murray Mount" and watch a big screen during the second day of play at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Wimbledon is, of course, known for its carefully groomed grass courts — or, more properly, lawns.
The surface is one of the most distinct aspects of the All England Club's Grand Slam tournament, which first was played in the 1870s.
Not this year, though: Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since 1945 because of the coronavirus pandemic. No sanctioned tennis is scheduled anywhere until August.
So leave it to Associated Press photos from the past to offer a glimpse of what makes the place unique.
The green grass and purple flowers. The mandatory all-white outfits. The umbrellas to offer a shield from showers or provide shade from the sun. The strawberries and cream.
The well-known fans perched in the front row of the Royal Box.
Also absent: The exuberance of a Coco Gauff or the trick shots of a Nick Kyrgios. The big serving of a Pete Sampras. The diving volleys of a Boris Becker. The 70-68 of a John Isner.
And the thousands of spectators — who won't be seen at the closed-door U.S. Open, either, even if it is played as planned in New York starting on Aug. 31 — packing walkways or crowding for picnic space on what used to be known as Henman Hill and now is called Murray Mount, roaring along with the action shown on a video screen.
Wimbledon is silent for this fortnight.
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