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'Wimbledon courts are dangerous', claims tennis ace

'Wimbledon courts are dangerous', claims tennis ace”

Neil Stubley, the All England Club's head of courts and horticulture, has however claimed the courts are in the same condition as usual.

The courts came under extra scrutiny on the fourth day of the tournament, when the American player Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered a horrific fall when chasing down a drop shot.

The court is famous as it is where John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played the longest-ever match in tennis history, a contest lasting 11 hours and five minutes over three days of play at Wimbledon 2010. "That's what we got as an answer from the officials". First of all, I don't know, the colour of the court, the fact that there's no more grass, the fact that the baseline where we are running, it's very slippery. The Bucharest-born pro said: "We all know grass, it's quite risky sometimes".

The weather in the first week of play was also unusually warm, with the sun beating down constantly and temperatures regularly hitting the high 20s, which took a noticeable toll on the grass, particularly around the baselines.

As Wimbledon prepares for the business end of the tournament, the grass is not greener anywhere - neither on Centre Court nor outside.

"It's quite unique with your opponent, after two games, you both agree on stopping playing in a slam", Mladenovic said, per the Guardian. I didn't feel it was unsafe [but] I felt it was very soft and slow.

When asked about the conditions, several players said they were nothing out of the ordinary. "There's quite a few spots on the court, just behind the baseline and just in front of the baseline, which I don't remember really being the case". He added: "It's been pretty hot, pretty extreme conditions". I mean, the courts are always flawless here. "I think it's just getting a bit beaten up early".

Seven-time champion Federer was on Centre Court straight after Djokovic, beating Mischa Zverev in straight sets. "They were complaining, especially on the outside courts". "Usually you see that after a week".

Mladenovic did not hide her frustration with the conditions on another outside show court - this one Court 18 - after her loss Thursday to Alison Riske.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands was on her back, screaming in pain, midway through her second-round singles match. Compare this year's conditions to last year's, and it definitely looks like the Wimbledon lawns aren't holding up as well as they used to. Possibly, because it's been extremely hot", he said "So that's why maybe, that's what we are hearing. The last thing we want to see is awful injuries.

He said it was "just about making sure the hardness doesn't get too hard" and questioned the complaints of the players. You kind of have to run light and be careful, I don't know, not to push or press too much, too hard, which is odd to play on. If you look at the screen, it is everywhere where we are supposed to run. "We didn't feel there was", he said. The Grand Slam supervisor and Assistant Referee didn't believe that there was either.

It is not the first time that the ire of players has been directed towards the grass. Are they more slippery? That year, it was the wet humid weather that was blamed for the supposedly overly-moist surface, though that was dismissed by Stubley.



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