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The Grass Courts of Wimbledon

Wimbledon is one of the most famous tennis tournaments in the world. It is the only major tournament that is still played on grass. It has been held since 1877. In addition to the players, spectators include celebrities, musicians, actors, and UK politicians.

The winner of Wimbledon receives a silver trophy. The name of each champion is engraved on the trophy.

Grass is hard

Grass courts provide a much different challenge than clay or hard ones. They allow players to return the ball with less friction due to the grass’s softness, but they also offer a lower bounce than other surfaces and can be unpredictable. This makes them difficult for players to read and master.

Rafael Nadal is one of the few to have mastered the surface. The Spaniard has won four Grand Slam titles on grass, including two at Wimbledon and one at Queen’s Club. He also has a handful of other grass-court runner-up finishes.

The English take their tennis incredibly seriously, and that is especially true at Wimbledon. Spectators are asked to remain silent during points, and the lawns are regularly watered and cut. The players must bow to the Royal Box when they enter, and spectators are required to wear white during the championships. Moreover, Radio Wimbledon has been broadcasting the tournament on radio since 1937.

Grass is soft

Wimbledon is a tournament steeped in tradition, from the players’ all-white attire to the Pimm’s and strawberries that accompany matches. But behind the scenes, a vast machine of science is churning to ensure that the grass courts can hold up to two weeks of intense tennis.

Grass courts provide an unpredictable surface. Even the most careful preparation can lead to bare spots, where the ball can lose its traction and bounce lower than expected. These irregularities can change the game, especially for serve-and-volleyers, who depend on speed and accuracy to win points.

The grass at Wimbledon is a species called “lolium perenne,” which is typically sown at eight millimeters tall, and is cut down to just that height each day during the tournament. The groundsmen also use a special fungicide to prevent diseases that can affect the grass. They are particularly worried about a fungus known as “powdery mildew” that can cause brown patches in the middle of the court and leave the area spongy.

Grass is unpredictable

Nadal has always enjoyed Wimbledon and believes it is the tournament he has wanted to win most in his career. But the transition from moving on clay, where a player can slide into their shots, to the unpredictable grass has proved difficult for him.

The Spaniard is a former champion at the All England Club but has struggled in recent years, reaching only the semifinals last year. This year, he has skipped the pre-Wimbledon grass court events in order to rest his body after a tiring day-court season.

He was particularly irked by the way Wimbledon’s seeding formula trumps ATP rankings, elevating players with a good record on grass while pushing those who are better suited to hard courts to third and beyond.

The BBC broadcasts live coverage of the event, which is available to anyone in Britain with a TV subscription. Commentators include tennis commentators and former players Andrew Castle, Sam Lloyd and John McEnroe, along with general sports commentator Sue Barker.

Grass is dangerous

The Wimbledon Championships, commonly known as Wimbledon, is an annual tennis tournament that takes place in late June and early July. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, and is the only one that still uses grass courts. The others are the Australian, French, and US Opens, which use hard courts.

The championships are renowned for the tradition and atmosphere surrounding them. Many players have made their name at the tournament, including Martina Navratilova, who won six consecutive titles (1982-87) to surpass Helen Wills as the most successful female player in history, and Pete Sampras, who won seven titles to tie Borg.

The tournament is also famous for its strawberries and cream, which are served in the main stadium on Centre Court. The crowds are generally polite and quiet, and spectators may even be asked to refrain from talking between points. The English are notorious for their politeness and traditions, and this is especially evident at Wimbledon.

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