View Full Version : Will Wimbledon courts will be ready for the Olympics?
06-29-2012, 03:00 PM
After watching the conditions of the grass courts after just 1 week of playing I started to wonder how are the groundskeepers going to do to have everything ready in 20 days when this is something that usually takes 12 months.
I found this article (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/tennis/9352944/London-2012-Olympics-race-against-time-to-get-Wimbledon-courts-ready-for-Games-after-Championships.html) on line but it doesn't say much, other than they are using new techniques to have things done faster.
I guess that the outer courts suffer less damage than the main courts so maybe those will be more used on the Olympics? How would the courts play with these new techniques to restore the scuffed lawns in time?
Hopefully they do not end up with a Blue Clay situation in Wimbledon for the Olympics.
What do you guys think?
06-29-2012, 03:30 PM
Maybe they will roll out some sod :)
06-29-2012, 03:42 PM
they are going to plant radioactive 80's grass
06-29-2012, 04:06 PM
They did a dummy run after Wimbledon 2010 and had pristine courts after 20 days. The Wimby groundsmen are the best of the breed.
"The turf is sure to come under scrutiny during the Olympics, but Seaward is not fazed. A few days before the championships end, he will start pre-germinating seeds and, as soon as the trophies are handed out, his team will go to work. They will oversow the baseline, where coverage is most scarce, and feed the rest of the grass. Any divots will be filled with wet soil – "like a Polyfilla" – sprinkled with grass clippings and left to dry overnight. "I'll challenge you to come out here and find where we've done it," says Seaward.
Locog were concerned enough to demand a trial run and so, after Wimbledon 2010, Seaward was given 20 days to get his lawn in order. He had a similar deadline for the filming of the 2004 romcom Wimbledon – that movie may not have been faultless, but the grass was. "They wanted a pristine court and they got a pristine court," says Seaward. So rest assured: the crowds might be rowdier, the players' garb more colourful, the logos more brazen, but the 12 courts they are using for the Olympics will be as flawless as always."
I guess that the outer courts suffer less damage than the main courts so maybe those will be more used on the Olympics?
06-29-2012, 04:10 PM
they usually hold a junior tournament there after the championships and the courts are fine. So I imagin that the courts will be fine as this event is now at the national center instead this year to allow the courts to recover
06-30-2012, 12:04 AM
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