Tennis' Teams of the Decade: Federers and Nadals, Brothers and Sisters

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Tennis' Teams of the Decade: Federers and Nadals, Brothers and Sisters

Tennis is one of the most punishing of all sports on the individual.

The player walking onto court is entirely alone, dependent on his or her own body and mind, passion and commitment, a lifetime of training and often years of hardship. It all comes down to one person, laying it on the line match after match, week after week, city after city.

There’s no room for an off day: No room, indeed, for an off 10 minutes. The match may turn from a huge lead to the closest of losses in the blink of an eye.
And there’s no-one else to share the blame, share the pain.

But off court, most of these gladiators succeed through the constant support of a close retinue: friends, family, and colleagues who make all the difference.

Here are some of the most enduring relationships of the decade.

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