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The tennis aces will find themselves sharing the limelight with stars from another world as production company Working Title, which made Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill, starts work on a new film. Called Wimbledon, the film tells the story of a lowly British tennis player (Paul Bettany, from A Beautiful Mind) trying to win against the odds. After getting a wild card for Wimbledon, he falls for up-and-coming American tennis player Lizzie, played by Spiderman star Kirsten Dunst, who watched last year's tournament from the Royal box.

Bowing out

Dunst can't expect any regal treatment from the players this year, with All England Club president the Duke of Kent asking that the tradition of players bowing or curtseying to the Royal box be stopped. "It is his preference that we stop doing it," Phillips said of the practice that has been optional for the past two years. "The Duke of Kent feels that the time is right to stop this. In his life and the life of most of the Royal family, the tradition of bowing and curtseying is pretty much on the way out and therefore to do it publicly on the centre court at Wimbledon, the time is right to stop this tradition."
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