Are Wimbledon Championships Courts Made Up of Real Grass?

Published 06/16/2021, 6:04 AM EDT
A general view inside the Wimbledon Number 1 court with the new fixed and retractable roof after the Wimbledon Spring Press Conference 2019 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on April 30, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


The Wimbledon Championships is the third annual Grand Slam competition and one of the most prestigious tennis events of the year. Moreover, it is the only one of the four major tournaments played on grass courts.

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The sweeping view of the tournament’s freshly mowed grass courts has always been the center of attention. While this mesmerizes fans, it is also responsible for elevating a player’s game.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Rafael Nadal of Spain talks to his coach Francisco Roig in a practice session during Middle Sunday of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

This begs the question – are the Wimbledon Championships courts made up of real grass? 

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How is the grass at the Wimbledon Championships grown?

The courts at Wimbledon are sown every year with 100% perennial ryegrass mix. Notably, this is a type of grass that rapidly grows during the cold season. To have match-ready courts by June, the groundsmen begin their work in September, renovating all courts.

The 100% perennial ryegrass helps sustain the pace and wear-and-tear of the courts. Also, the mowing of the courts takes place every day during the Championships to keep the surface even.

What’s interesting is that the mowing maintains a fixed height of 8 mm grass during the Championships. Also, in June, the grass is watered less often to keep it dry and to help it survive on its own in the soil through the 14 days.

According to the head of courts and horticulture, Neil Stubley, 15 full-time workers and a total of 28 workers during the Championships are responsible for the immaculate result every year. For two weeks of perfect courts, the team works for the entire year.

Most significantly, the dryness and hardness of the soil impact the play more than grass. Hence, the groundsmen take ample measures to keep it firm and note measurements at regular intervals.

 

All in all, Wimbledon has one of the best surfaces in the world to play tennis. For this, the determination and skill of the staff are responsible.

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Lesser known facts about the courts at Wimbledon 

Surprisingly, the most elite grass stadium also has eight American clay courts. Apart from them, Wimbledon has 18 Championships and 20 practice courts.

A total of nine tonnes of grass seed goes into the making of the courts annually. In keeping with tradition, even the balls used at Wimbledon haven’t changed since 1995.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 11: Roger Federer of Switzerland speaks to trainer Severin Luthi during a training session during Day Ten of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Conclusively, to put forth this exceptional stage for tennis, an uncountable number of factors are responsible. That is also why it is the most-awaited tennis tournament every year.

What is your favorite thing about Wimbledon?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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