/Groundskeeper Vows Wimbledon Courts Will Hold Up Through Finals

Groundskeeper Vows Wimbledon Courts Will Hold Up Through Finals


Alexander Zverev serving to Sebastian Ofner in a match on Saturday. A string of hot days has left the Wimbledon grounds with dry patches.

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WIMBLEDON, England — Facing more and more complaints about the condition of the famed Wimbledon grass under unusually hot conditions, the head groundskeeper of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club said Saturday that the courts would be fine through the end of the tournament next weekend.

“Absolutely,” said the groundskeeper, Neil Stubley, who oversees the most important vegetation in tennis. “There’s not a doubt in our minds.”

A string of hot, dry days in the first week of the tournament punished the grass, leaving dusty ruts around the most heavily trodden areas around the baselines, a common phenomenon at Wimbledon. But some lower-ranked players have been vocal in their complaints, saying the surface has caused them to slip.

On Saturday, Novak Djokovic said that he had finally noticed it but that he did not think it was dangerous.

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