Brit favourite and world No 1 bemoans the state of the playing surface at this year’s event
ANDY MURRAY says the Wimbledon courts are so bad this year there are even holes on the Centre Court surface.
Scores of players have bemoaned the state of the surfaces at SW19 as the grass takes a pounding under the weight of the amount of games being played.
The scorching weather that has greeted the first week of the tournament has not helped – but with a week still left to play ground-staff face a battle to keep them playable.
Murray said: “The court I don’t think is in as good of condition as previous years.
“There’s quite a few spots on the court, like just behind the baseline and just in front of the baseline, where there’s quite big lumps of grass, sort of almost like little divots there, which I don’t remember really being the case.
“I don’t know if it’s anything to do with the weather that they’ve had over the last, you know, few weeks and months.
“It’s been pretty hot, pretty extreme conditions. Not much rain. So I don’t know if that’s affected it.
“But the court, when I played the first match, was great. I think it’s just getting a bit beaten up early. A few of the players have said that about some of the outside courts, as well.
“There’s also been on the outside courts a lot of tennis played on them because there’s been no rain. A lot of the times there isn’t as much tennis played on them.”
The All-England club have been closely monitoring the condition of the surfaces, with Court 18 one in particular that has been a concern for players.
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But news that Centre Court is now also showing unusual signs of wear and tear will be a major concern to tournament organisers.
They insist the preparations and maintenance this year have been the same as any other, but the heat and fierce sun appears to have resulted in uneven and crumbling surfaces.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands dislocated her knee in a horror fall at SW19.