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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