Wimbledon 2021: Organizers ‘happy’ with court conditions as Serena Williams and Adrian Mannarino suffer slips


Mannarino was pressured to retire in opposition to Roger Federer after slipping within the fourth set and injuring his knee, whereas Williams appeared to slide and harm herself throughout a return within the first set in opposition to Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

After receiving medical consideration, Williams then buckled on the baseline halfway via some extent and gingerly walked off the court docket in tears, later saying she had a proper leg damage.

“Brutal for @serenawilliams however centre court docket is extraordinarily slippy … Not simple to maneuver on the market,” tweeted two-time Wimbledon winner Andy Murray, who had performed on the match’s most important present court docket on Monday.

Federer, who reached the second spherical via Mannarino’s retirement, discovered of Williams’ damage throughout his press convention.

Mannarino holds his knee after slipping against Federer.

“It feels a tad extra slippery possibly underneath the roof, I do not know if it is a intestine really feel,” he informed reporters.

“You do have to maneuver very, very rigorously on the market, and if you happen to push too laborious within the improper moments, you do go down … that is clearly horrible. I do not suppose it performs very completely different however once more I am additionally shifting rigorously.”

Federer, who’s bidding to win a ninth title at Wimbledon, will face two-time semifinalist Richard Gasquet within the second spherical.

Following the 2 incidents, which occurred simply an hour aside, the All England Garden Tennis Membership stated in a press release to CNN: “The preparation of the grass courts has been to precisely the identical meticulous customary as in earlier years.

“Every grass court docket is checked by the Grand Slam Supervisors, Referee’s Workplace and Grounds group forward of play commencing, and on each days of the Fortnight they’ve been pleased with the situations and cleared the courts for play.

“The climate situations on the opening two days have been the wettest we have now skilled in nearly a decade, which has required the roof to be closed on Centre Courtroom and No.1 Courtroom for lengthy intervals.

“That is at a time when the grass plant is at its most lush and inexperienced, which does end in extra moisture on what’s a pure floor.”

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Kyrgios, a person by no means afraid to talk his thoughts on the tennis court docket, had a separate grievance in regards to the grass.

Throughout his match in opposition to Ugo Humbert, which was suspended with the rating poised at 6-Four 4-6 3-6 6-1 3-3, Kyrgios stated right into a courtside digicam: “Guys, for you watching at dwelling, it needs to be quick in right here … They’ve made it sluggish. This is not grass anymore.”

Kyrgios’ match in opposition to Humbert will conclude on court docket primary on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic eased into the third spherical of Wimbledon with a straight-set victory over South African Kevin Anderson.

The 34-year-old, who’s looking for to equal Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s file of 20 grand slam titles, gained 6-Three 6-Three 6-Three on Centre Courtroom, making simply six unforced errors alongside the best way.

He’ll play both Andreas Seppi or Denis Kudla within the subsequent spherical.

CNN’s David Shut contributed to reporting.