About sliding grass, from PA:
Wimbledon Organizers cited rainy conditions at the start of the tournament as a factor in the apparent slippage of the turf at the All England Club this year.
Many players fell, especially under the surfaces of the first courts and center court, and both Serena Williams and Adrian Mannarino had to retire from matches after slipping.
She left Williams Center in tears after injuring her leg early in her showdown against Alexandra Sasnovich in what was likely to be her last Wimbledon appearance.
Meanwhile, Mannarino was knocked out of the previous match against Roger Federer after he injured his right knee while in two sets against one.
It’s not unusual to see players slipping during the early days of a tournament, when the grass is at its most fertile, and this was exacerbated by long bouts of rain on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The All England Club said in a statement: “The grass fields have been set up to the exact same standards as in previous years.
“Every grass pitch is checked by the Grand Slam supervisors, the referee’s office and the pitch team before play begins, and on both days of the week they were happy with the conditions and made the pitches play.
“Weather conditions on the opening two days were the wettest we have seen in nearly a decade, which required the roof closures at Central Court and Court No. 1 for extended periods.
“This is at a time when the grass is more lush and green, which results in extra moisture on a natural surface. With every match played, the pitches will continue to hold together.
“The pitches team and the Sports Turf Research Institute take hardness readings every morning in order to ensure the courts have the right level of humidity and are playing consistently.
“Our long-running team has experienced almost every possible combination of weather conditions. They keep up with and use the latest grass court technology, prepare for every weather event and react to current conditions on a daily basis.
“We will continue to monitor these readings and adjust our lawn care plan appropriately.”
The good news for both the organizers and the players is that the outlook for the rest of this week is much better. Williams did not hold a press conference on Tuesday but released a statement saying: “It is heartbreaking to have to retire today after injuring my right leg. My love and gratitude to the fans and the team who made it so meaningful to be on Center Court.
“The feeling of extraordinary warmth and support from the crowd today as I walked on – and off – the stadium meant the world to me.”