Will Wimbledon courts will be ready for the Olympics?

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by jmverdugo, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. jmverdugo

    jmverdugo Hall of Fame

    Nov 22, 2006
    Houston, TX
    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 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?
  2. RogerRacket111

    RogerRacket111 Semi-Pro

    Apr 8, 2010
    Maybe they will roll out some sod :)
  3. Larrysümmers

    Larrysümmers Hall of Fame

    Jun 29, 2009
    1313 Mockingbird Lane.
    they are going to plant radioactive 80's grass
  4. Torres

    Torres Banned

    Jan 1, 2011
    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."

    Last edited: Jun 29, 2012
  5. MethodTennis

    MethodTennis Hall of Fame

    Mar 23, 2008
    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
  6. SystemicAnomaly

    SystemicAnomaly G.O.A.T.

    Feb 25, 2006
    Stuck in the Matrix somewhere in Santa Clara CA
    Astroturf. :twisted:

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