Wimbledon on the grass : “The wettest weather conditions in almost a decade”
The All England Lawn Tennis and Crocquet Club has sent a statement to our journalist to clarify the ground conditions in Wimbledon.
“The preparation of the grass courts has been to exactly the same meticulous standard as in previous years. Each grass court is checked by the Grand Slam Supervisors, Referee’s Office and Grounds team ahead of play commencing, and on both days of the Fortnight they have been happy with the conditions and cleared the courts for play.
The weather conditions on the opening two days have been the wettest we have experienced in almost a decade, which has required the roof to be closed on Centre Court and No.1 Court for long periods. This is at a time when the grass plant is at its most lush and green, which does result in additional moisture on what is a natural surface.
With each match that is played, the courts will continue to firm up.
Hardness readings every morning in order to ensure that the courts have the right level of moisture and are playing consistently.All England Club
The Grounds team and Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) take hardness readings every morning in order to ensure that the courts have the right level of moisture and are playing consistently.
Our long-serving Grounds team have experienced nearly every combination of weather conditions possible. They keep abreast of and utilise the latest grass court technologies, prepare for every weather eventuality and react to the current conditions on a daily basis.
We will continue to monitor these readings and adjust our care plan for the grass appropriately.”