This week tennis fans following the Wimbledon tournament this week are shocked by the early eliminations of Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal as well as the injury-induced withdrawals of several of the world's top players including Victoria Azarenka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and even Nadal's rival Steve Darcis. In all 10 players withdrew from the game, prompting some to talk about the condition of Wimbleton's grass court.
The Wimbledon CEO Richard Lewis stated on the tournament's website, "The withdrawals have occurred for a variety of reasons, but there have been some suggestion that the court surface is to blame. We have no reason to think this is the case. Indeed, many players have complimented us on the very good condition of the courts."
He continued, "The court preparation has been to exactly the same meticulous standard as in previous years and it is well known that grass surfaces tend to be more lush at the start of an event. The factual evidence, which is independently checked, is that the courts are almost identical to last year, as dry and firm as they should be, and we expect them to continue to play to their usual high quality."
American player and five-time champion Serena Williams advanced to round three after beating France's Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2.