The Straits Times
Published on Jun 27, 2014

Tennis: Greener days for Wimbledon groundsman after 'Wimblegeddon'


LONDON (REUTERS) - Wimbledon's head groundsman Neil Stubley is relaxed and calm as he watches the cream of international tennis battle it out on his turf - a far cry from a year ago, when a spate of injuries took an extraordinary toll on players.

The series of mishaps, which led seven players to pull out injured, has gone down in tennis circles as "Wimblegeddon".

Maria Sharapova, who slipped three times in one day, had complained that conditions on the court were dangerous. This year, the Russian wasn't complaining but she was cautious. "You can't just forget about it ... it's in the back of your mind," she said after winning her second match on Thursday.

With a year's perspective, and with Wimbledon champion Andy Murray saying the courts this year are "perfect", Stubley said a post-mortem had found the courts were in much the same shape on that fateful June 26 they had been for previous championships.