Wimbledon defends ‘slippery’ courts after Serena damage

Serena williams wimbledon injury

Serena williams wimbledon injury

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Garden Tennis and Croquet Membership, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. throughout her first spherical match towards Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON— Wimbledon organisers on Wednesday defended the state of the grasscourts after issues from gamers that the lawns are too slippery.

Seven-time champion Serena Williams was pressured to retire from her first-round match on Tuesday after showing to slide and injuring her leg within the opening set towards Belarussian Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Centre Court docket.

Frenchman Adrian Mannarino additionally stop at two units apiece towards eight-time champion Roger Federer after sliding over on Centre Court docket and injuring his knee.

Males’s prime seed Novak Djokovic fell twice within the first set of his first-round match towards Jack Draper on Monday whereas twice champion Andy Murray mentioned he felt that Centre Court docket was slippery with the sliding roof closed.

The opening two days of the Championships have been moist with play disrupted on uncovered outdoors courts whereas the Centre Court docket and Court docket One roofs have been well-used.

The All England Membership mentioned the courts, which had been unused final 12 months after the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, have been ready within the standard meticulous method by the groundstaff.

“Every grass court docket is checked by the Grand Slam Supervisors, Referee’s Workplace and Grounds workforce forward of play commencing, and on each days of the Fortnight they’ve been proud of the situations and cleared the courts for play,” the membership mentioned in an announcement.

“The climate situations on the opening two days have been the wettest now we have skilled in nearly a decade, which has required the roof to be closed on Centre Court docket and No.1 Court docket for lengthy durations. That is at a time when the grass plant is at its most lush and inexperienced, which does end in further moisture on what’s a pure floor.

Wimbledon grass courts

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Garden Tennis and Croquet Membership, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Basic view of groundstaff protecting the court docket Pool through REUTERS/Bob Martin

“With every match that’s performed, the courts will proceed to agency up.”

Wimbledon’s lawns are ready utilizing state-of-the-art turf expertise with measurements taken each morning for hardness and moisture content material.

Even below the roof, the superior air-con system removes moisture from the air to forestall the floor sweating.

Federer mentioned he was requested by the referee whether or not he felt Centre Court docket was extra slippery than standard.

“I do really feel it feels a tad extra slippery perhaps below the roof,” Federer mentioned.

“I don’t know if it’s only a intestine feeling. You do have to maneuver very, very fastidiously on the market. In the event you push too exhausting within the unsuitable moments, you do go down.

“The primary two matches are at all times extraordinarily tough. However it’s at all times been like this. Because the event progresses, often it will get more durable and simpler to maneuver on.”


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