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Wimbledon is a major test for dads who are playing

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Back home, when Brazilian tennis player Marcos Daniel leaves his house to practice, his 3-year-old son sometimes asks if he's taking another airplane. No, Daniel explains patiently, he's just stepping out for a drive. The mention of "car" reassures the toddler."He knows I'm going to come back for lunch," Daniel said after a five-set loss to Marsel Ilhan of Turkey in the first round of Wimbledon on Monday. His wife, son and 4-month-old baby girl weren't there to see it. These past days, he kept in touch with online video chats from his hotel room.The rigors of the professional tour are hard enough on players — shuttling from tournament to tournament, from airports to hotels, traveling and training, winning and losing. For the minority who are fathers, there is the added strain of leaving children behind for matches in distant cities.Seven men in this year's Wimbledon draw of 128 players are fathers. Four — No. 1-seeded Roger Federer, No. 15 Lleyton Hewitt , Mic...

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