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No ball carriers, no fans: the lonely road to elite tennis

Alexandra Wozniak (above), is playing in the Pro Circuit, the minor league of professional tennis, where the travel costs can be astronomical and the arrangements often self-made.

For Fanny Stollar (above), a Hungarian tennis player who plays on the Pro Circuit, the travel costs and logistical arrangements add layers of work and worry to an already exhausting profession.

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LESS than a half-hour after a crushing defeat in front of two spectators, Alexandra Wozniak paced the hallways of the municipal tennis centre in Dothan, Alabama, pleading on the phone with an airline representative.

Ms Wozniak, a former top-25 player, had hoped to stay...

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