Wimbledon is in the midst of a turf war as Wimbledon organizers defend the grass after Serena Williams’s and Adrian Mannarino’s back-to-back injuries.
No. 60 Nick Kyrgios complained, however, that the courts are too slow.
After slipping in the fourth round and injuring his knee injuring himself, Mannarino had to retire against Roger Federer. Williams was seen to have fallen and injured herself in the return match against Aliaksandra Ssnovich.
Williams was treated and then she buckled at the baseline halfway through a point. She then walked gingerly off the court, in tears. Later, Williams stated that she had suffered a right leg injury.
“Brutal for @serenawilliams, but center court extremely slippy… It’s difficult to move out there,” tweeted Andy Murray, a two-time Wimbledon winner who had been playing on Monday’s main show court.
Federer, who was able to reach the second round after Mannarino retired, heard about Williams’ injury at his press conference.
He said that it felt “a bit more slippery under the roof”, but he didn’t know if it was a gut feeling.
“You have to be very careful out there. If you push too hard at the wrong times, you can go down. This is clearly terrible. It doesn’t play very differently, but I do it with care.
Federer, who wants to win a ninth Wimbledon title, will be facing Richard Gasquet, a two-time semifinalist, in the second round.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club released a statement to CNN following the incidents that occurred just one hour apart. It stated: “The grass courts have been prepared to the same meticulous standard as previous years.”
“Each grass court has to be checked by the Grand Slam Supervisors and Referee’s Office before play begins. On both days of Fortnight, they were happy with the conditions and cleared them for play.
“The weather conditions in the first two days were the worst we’ve seen in nearly a decade. This has forced Centre Court and No.1 Court to close their roofs for extended periods.
“This is when the grass plant’s most lush and green, which can result in more moisture on a natural surface.”
Yugioh was a man who is not afraid to voice his opinion on the court of tennis. He also complained about the grass.
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The match against Ugo Humbert was suspended at 6-4, 4-6,3-6, 6-1, 3-3. Kyrgios spoke into a courtside camera, “Guys! It should be fast in this court… It’s now slow. This isn’t grass anymore.
On Wednesday, Kyrgios will face Humbert.