Wimbledon: the grass is talking

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Sixteen matches, every fourth round contested on a single day and every one a winner. Ostapenko for instance will be unfamiliar to much of the Wimbledon crowd, but she is sensational to watch and someone who if they were exposed to would become a player they would love to see each year.

Wimbledon's chief executive says the courts at the All England Club are "as good as they've ever been" following criticism of their condition.

Ground staff watered some parts of the courts on Sunday and conducted "spot treatments" on areas of particular concern.

Be it the lack of a roof several years ago or its strict clothing policy, there always seems to be controversy at Wimbledon.

'One year in the nineties Venus Williams played Anna Kournikova, two of our biggest names, and they were first on court 18.

The best day of the calendar is upon us, so the tennis cognoscenti suggest, the day when Wimbledon resembles a type of candy store, dripping with rare treats all around its lawns.

Those questioning the quality of the lawns aren't limited to competitors who have rarely played on the grass but include former Wimbledon champions, although Mattek-Sands' description of her injury in a Facebook live video suggested the grass wasn't to blame. The solution here has to be to start play earlier and then have two men's matches and two women's.

On Saturday, July 8, three-time Wimbledon champ Novak Djokovic told reporters prior to the Wimbledon tournament rest day of Sunday that he has felt something off about the surface while at play compared to past years when he competed. "Of course, the quicker the better for me", Muller, bumped up from his ATP ranking of 26 to 16th seed at Wimbledon after a superb run in the European grass court season, said.

"The weather in the first week of play was also unusually warm, with the sun beating down constantly and temperatures regularly hitting the high 20s, which took a noticeable toll on the grass, particularly around the baselines". The grass once frustrated Paire so much that in 2014 he departed in a huff with the memorable line about how Wimbledon "displeases me greatly". At the beginning of the month of may, it is first of all the daily watering, followed by a scan of the residual water, a flattening of the terrain and an index measurement of the chlorophyll of the grass. Possibly, because it's been extremely hot today and yesterday. As Evert says, Wimbledon has moved to equal prize money - now surely it has to do the same with its scheduling.

'That's been going on for decades, ' said the 60-year-old American.

"It's not a good sign, and you should always take the players' opinion seriously, especially when both say it".

"Absolutely. Absolutely", he said.

On Monday, four out of the six slots across Centre and No 1 Court were taken up by men's games, leaving matches such as Angelique Kerber v Garbine Muguruza out on No 2 Court.