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It is going to be a very different tournament at the All England Club when it hosts the Olympic tennis competition - and not just because for the first time an all-white uniform will not be compulsory.

The home of Wimbledon is going to play host to the tennis tournament of the London Olympics in 2012 during July and August. This is going to be only 20 days after the culmination of Wimbledon itself, meaning a host of familiar figures will return to the courts where they will have experienced highs and lows only weeks earlier.

It is going to be a tough time for the organisers of the tournament, as courts are going to have to be resurfaced between the two competitions.
For the spectators there may be an interesting novel twists for tennis fans. Not only are there likely to be night matches and the introduction of mixed doubles for the first time at the Olympics, but only the men's singles final will be a best-of-five-sets match.

The biggest shock is set to be the fact that white clothing is not going to mandatory like it is during the usual Wimbledon tournaments, meaning Rafael Nadal could wear his usual coloured vest and pirate pants. The tennis odds will probably make him favourite too.

It is going to be a far-cry from when Anna Kournikova was given a tern ticking off for wearing black shorts on court during a practice session.
Ian Ritche, the chief executive of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, has said he has no concerns about the club relaxing the clothing requirements.

"It will be its own competition, have its own style and it will play out in its very own way. The idea was never to have a repeat of the Championships," he said.

"And so, with regards to the players' kits, we are perfectly happy for there to be some colour."

It remains to be seen whether this would ever happen at the traditional Wimbledon tournament. And to think that only 20 years ago Andre Agassi refused to play at SW19 because they would not let him wear his colourful clothing - what would he say about this now?

Meanwhile, the US Open betting suggests Britain's Andy Murray is in with a chance of winning the tournament.
 
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