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Old 11-29-2006, 11:54 AM   #19
LttlElvis
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Laurie,

In the 70s, the Italian Open was a prestigious tournament. Probably just as big as the French Open at one time. It just didn't have a title as one of the Grand Slam tournaments, and the importance of the tournament has seemed to decline every year.
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