Wimbledon’s courts have become dangerous due to the hot weather causing large holes of grass to wear away just four days into the 2017 Wimbledon, according to French player Kristina Mladenovic .
The 24-year-old crashed out of the women’s singles on Thursday by American Alison Riske, losing a three-set match on Court 18 but the result of the match was not the primary concern of the Frenchwoman. She claimed the court was not fit to be used and the All England club immediately dismissed her opinion.
“It’s quite unique with your opponent, after two games, you both agree on stopping playing in a slam. You’re asking the referee to tell you what’s the rule if both players don’t want to keep on playing. And the answer is that they just can’t do anything, unfortunately, and you have to keep on playing. In case something bad happens.” Mladenovic said.
She added that she saw a huge on the sides and revealed she realized the same during the warm-up, where she had a light twist in her ankle
“The grand slam supervisor (Pam Whytcross) and the assistant referee (Denise Parnell) both attended Court 18 during the Mladenovic vs Riske match, inspected it, and in their experienced view judged it playable as per normal. The head of courts and horticulture (Neil Stubley) and the head groundsman (Grant Cantin) were also in attendance.” The All England Club stated in response to the claims made by Mladenovic.
“The court preparation has been to exactly the same meticulous standard as in previous years. Grass is a natural surface and it is usual for the baselines to start to be showing signs of wear and tear four days into the championships.” they further added.