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Municipal center in the Greater London borough of Merton, known as the site of the annual lawn-tennis All-England Championships. Held in late June and early July, the tournament is the oldest (founded 1877) and most prestigious in the world. It is one of four tournaments that make up the Grand Slam of tennis, and the only one still played on natural grass. Competition was opened to professionals in 1968.
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