The pitch at Wimbledon 2021 has attracted as much attention as the game on the courts in the early days.
On Tuesday, two center court games ended early due to injuries. Roger Federer defeated Adrian Mannarino after the Frenchman slipped in the fourth set and was unable to continue in the fifth. Then Serena Williams suffered a fall to Aliaksandra Sasnovich and had to retire in the first set with a leg injury.
Those were far from the only slip and falls at Wimbledon thus far. Players have noticed the slippery conditions of the turf surface during the early stages of the tournament.
“To be honest, I don’t remember falling so many times on the court.” World No. 1 Novak Djokovic he said after his four-set win over Jack Draper on the first day of Wimbledon.
“It feels a little more slippery maybe under the roof, I don’t know if it’s a gut feeling,” Federer told reporters after Mannarino’s departure on Tuesday. CNN’s George Ramsey.
“You have to move very, very carefully, and if you push too hard at the wrong times, you fall … this is obviously terrible. I don’t think it’s much different, but again I’m moving carefully as well.”
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Nick Kyrgios was also unhappy with the “slow” conditions on the surface.
“Guys, for you guys to watch at home, it should be quick here,” Kyrgios said. “They have slowed it down. This is no longer grass.”
Kyrgios went on to slide on Wednesday during the fifth set of his match with Ugo Humbert. He got up to continue the competition despite the awkward-looking fall and won.
So what about the conditions at Wimbledon and why are the players losing so much? The Wimbledon bosses explained exactly what is happening in a recent statement.
Why do players fail at Wimbledon?
Players are slipping at Wimbledon due to the recent weather at the All England Club. It has been more humid than usual during the first two days of the tournament; in fact, it has been a decade since so much moisture accumulated on and around the courts so early in the Major.
As a result of the rain, the roofs of the center court and court no. 1 have had to be closed for long periods. That has created some additional moisture within the courts which, along with the lushness of the grass in the early stages of the tournament, is responsible for the additional moisture.
Wimbledon explained all this through an official statement, but nonetheless, the main tournament stated that officials are “happy” with the tournament conditions, according to CNN.
“The preparation of the grass courts has been to exactly the same meticulous level as in previous years.
“Every grass court is checked by the Grand Slam supervisors, the umpires office and the grounds team before the game starts, and in the two days of the Fortnight they have been happy with the conditions and cleared the courts for the game. play.
“The weather conditions in the first two days have been the wettest we’ve experienced in nearly a decade, requiring the roof to be closed on Center Court and Court No. 1 for long periods.
“This is at a time when the grass plant is at its most lush and greenest, resulting in additional moisture on what is a natural surface.”
This explanation is sensible. Still, it won’t be easier for tennis fans to endure the injuries Williams and Mannarino suffered.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.