When Will Federer and the Williams Sisters Call It Quits? Maybe Never.

Advances in physical preparation keep their bodies in the game, and so can the changing nature of sports business and celebrity.

WIMBLEDON, England — Most tennis professionals are retired by their mid-30s. But last week, there was Serena Williams, at almost 41, grinding against a competitor a little more than half her age for more than three hours at Wimbledon.

Venus Williams, too, is here. She played mixed doubles, with tape on her right knee and not so much spring in her step at age 42. Roger Federer, who has not played since limping away from Wimbledon last year, is angling to return to the tennis tour in September, when he

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