Wimbledon is generally known to be in discussion for the quality of Tennis played. Unfortunately, all those talks are replaced by the slippery centre court which has caused injuries to the players. Legendary Serena Williams injured her right leg in the first game of her opening set and had to retire herself.
Even Roger Federer’s opponent Adrian Mannarino lost his footing at a crucial juncture of the game which resulted in a career threatening hip injury. The game was balanced when this happened as both the players had won two sets each and an intriguing deciding set was one the cards. However, Mannarino had to retire due to injury and Federer qualified for the second round.
Not only these two, even Novak Djokovic landed on his backside twice at the start during his first match of the tournament. Luckily he was fine and didn’t get injured. All of these contests were played with the arena’s retractable roof shut thanks to rain.
The Club said in a statement released keeping the roof closed led to additional moisture on the grass and hence it has become slippery. Eight-time Wimbledon Champion Federer also termed the situation ‘terrible’ and felt the players have to move very carefully to save themselves from going down.
“It feels a tad more slippery, maybe, under the roof. I don’t know if it’s just a gut feeling. You do have to move very, very carefully out there. If you push too hard in the wrong moments, you do go down. I do feel it’s drier during the day. With the wind and all that stuff, it takes the (moisture) out of the grass. But this is obviously terrible,” he said according to News18.