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Even the greatest tennis players need to be adored

Billie Jean King demanded ‘total attention’, while Roger Federer giddily describes fans ‘shaking in disbelief’ at meeting him

Roger Federer in the first round of the Men’s Singles at Wimbledon this year. [Getty Images]

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