Wimbledon organizers ‘satisfied’ with legal conditions as Serena Williams and Adrian Mannarino suffer slips – .

Wimbledon organizers ‘satisfied’ with legal conditions as Serena Williams and Adrian Mannarino suffer slips – .

Mannarino was forced to retire against Roger Federer after slipping in the fourth set and injuring his knee, while Williams appeared to slip and injure himself on a first-set comeback against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

After receiving medical attention, Williams then buckled the baseline halfway to a point and cautiously left the pitch in tears, later claiming she had an injury to her right leg.

“Brutal for @serenawilliams but the center court is extremely slippery… Not easy to get around there,” tweeted two-time Wimbledon winner Andy Murray, who played on the main court of the tournament on Monday.

Federer, who reached the second round thanks to Mannarino’s retirement, learned of Williams’ injury during his press conference.

“It seems a little more slippery maybe under the roof, I don’t know if it’s a gut feeling,” he told reporters.

“You have to move very, very carefully there, and if you push too hard in the bad times you go down… that’s obviously terrible. I don’t think it plays out much differently but again I am also moving cautiously. ”

Federer, who aims to win a ninth Wimbledon title, will face two-time semi-finalist Richard Gasquet in the second round.

Following the two incidents, which occurred just an hour apart, the All England Lawn Tennis Club said in a statement to CNN: “The preparation of the grass courts was exactly the same as in previous years. .

“Each turf field is checked by the Grand Slam supervisors, the referee’s office and the grounds team before the start of the game, and on the two days of the Fortnight they were satisfied with the conditions and authorized the playing fields.

“The weather conditions for the first two days were the wettest we have seen in almost a decade, forcing the roofs of center court and No 1 court to be closed for extended periods of time.

“This is when the grass is the most lush and greener, resulting in additional moisture on what is a natural surface. “

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Kyrgios, a man who is never afraid to speak his mind on the tennis court, has filed a separate complaint about the weed.

During his match against Ugo Humbert, who was suspended with a balanced score of 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-1 3-3, Kyrgios said in front of a camera on the pitch: “Guys, for you who’s watching at home, it should be quick here… They slowed down. It is no longer grass. ”

Kyrgios’ match against Humbert ends Wednesday on court number one.

CNN’s David Close contributed reporting.


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