Wimbledon match director Jamie Baker mentioned Friday the grass courts have been “good and grippy” regardless of a number of high-profile tumbles within the first week of the Grand Slam.
Two-time champion Andy Murray had a nasty fall on Centre Court docket as he served for a two-sets-to-one lead in his second-round match in opposition to Stefanos Tsitsipas late on Thursday however received again up and gained the set.
US veteran Venus Williams fell closely in her first-round defeat to Elina Svitolina additionally on Centre Court docket on Monday, hurting her already-bandaged proper knee.
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“I used to be actually killing it, then I received killed by the grass,” mentioned the 43-year-old five-time champion.
Novak Djokovic’s match on the identical day was delayed for almost 90 minutes attributable to a moist court docket as gamers expressed issues over the floor.
On Thursday, France’s Alize Cornet crashed to the Centre Court docket turf when her left leg slipped late in her defeat to defending champion Elena Rybakina, although she was capable of stick with it with heavy strapping.
However Baker mentioned gamers had not expressed issues over the state of the grass on the Grand Slam, which has been disrupted by rain.
“I’m actually comfortable,” he mentioned. “I feel the floor is pretty much as good and as grippy as I can keep in mind to be sincere within the early a part of the match.
“There was a handful of slips however there actually hasn’t been many in any respect.
“Andy clearly slipped final evening on the finish however these cases really may occur within the last simply as a lot as firstly and notably as we’ve had the roof on lots.”
Baker additionally addressed the difficulty of the curfew at Wimbledon — Murray’s match in opposition to Tsitsipas was suspended late on Thursday as a result of approaching 2200 GMT curfew.
The director mentioned officers wouldn’t change the coverage on begin instances to make sure earlier finishes throughout the Grand Slam however added the difficulty was “continually” beneath evaluate.
“What we’re actually making an attempt to do, notably relating to the scheduling and tennis selections, is attempt to keep away from making a knee-jerk determination based mostly on one or two matches and making an attempt to take no less than a three-year image of what occurs.”
He added: “That was unbelievably disappointing yesterday but when our knowledge present that’s occurring as soon as each 5 years perhaps on that stability the time is OK.”
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