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The sight of Alan Mills, walkie-talkie in hand, peeping out from the side of Centre Court as the first drops of rain start to fall, is all-too-familiar to tennis fans. In the 21 years that Alan Mills has refereed at Wimbledon, he has become as synonymous with the tournament as strawberries and cream. Now, in the year he retires, he looks back over a career that started as a professional player (he twice reached the last 16 at Wimbledon himself) and now encompasses the top job in tennis. In turns amusing, surprising and highly revelatory of the closed world of professional tennis, this is the fascinating story of the man who, for many, is the enduring public face of the world's most popular tennis tournament.
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Born in Lancashire in 1936, Alan Mills OBE played at Wimbledon from 1955 until 1972. He made tennis history in 1959 when he won a Davis Cup singles match 6-0 6-0 6-0 in 32 minutes, and he was the first Englishman to beat the Australian champion Rod Laver in 1961. He has been the Wimbledon referee since 1983. The rest of the year he coaches and referees at other grand slam tournaments around the world, travelling around eight months a year.
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