Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Where did all the Wimbledon stars go?
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer lost in the second round this year. (Photo by Thomas Lovelock/Associated Press)
Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer lost in the second round this year. (Photo by Thomas Lovelock/Associated Press)
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If you’re already bored with Wimbledon, realize that you’re not alone.

If you weren’t interested in it at all this year in the first place, you’re not alone, either.

Tennis, as much as any sport, is star driven, and at the moment, it doesn’t have a whole lot of stars -- especially at Wimbledon this year.

What few stars there are didn’t seem inclined to stick around for the second week of the tournament. Rafael Nadal? Gone in the first round.

Maria Sharapova? She went down in the second round. Roger Federer got beat in the same round.

Serena Williams folded in the fourth round. Her sister, former Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, isn’t playing.

They say that in major tennis tournaments, a good first week means a bad second week. Those upsets make for good viewing early, but it means you’re left with some nobodies playing in the late rounds.

Any chance we can get a do-over this year?

Or is it even worth the effort, considering plenty of folks in this country haven’t paid much attention to Wimbledon since John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg and Chris Evert were playing?

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com or 256-235-3570. Follow on Twitter @MarkSportsStar.
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