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One missed email and no Wimbledon

Smyczek first learned of the Wimbledon mishap when he was at the airport, en route to the Netherlands for the first of two scheduled Wimbledon warm-up events

Jeff Arnold | NYT 

Centre court at the A C Nielsen Tennis Center in this leafy suburban enclave along Lake Michigan sits nearly 4,000 miles away from Wimbledon’s pristine grass-court setting. Tim Smyczek had planned on competing at the Grand Slam event, but instead he was here on Monday, locked in a three-set match in front of a couple hundred spectators. Smyczek, ranked 121st in the world, found himself at this ATP Challenger Tour event nearly a month after he accidentally failed to register for the Wimbledon qualifying tournament. It had nothing to do with his on-court performance: He just ...

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 22:05 IST
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