Wimbledon Championships Break Its Tradition, Allowing Rafael Nadal and Matteo Berrettini to Create History

Published 06/23/2022, 1:28 PM EDT

Undoubtedly, Wimbledon is one of the most unique Grand Slam tournaments for so many reasons. The Grass surface, the clothing, the rich tradition, and many other things made it pretty unique. Safe to say, they don’t like to change their tradition this much. In contrast, this year, they are making many changes, and Rafael Nadal and Matteo Berrettini are some of the lucky players to experience them.

Notably, both Nadal and Berrettini had struggled with injuries this season. So, this new change could potentially save them from getting a further injury during the tournament.

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Rafael Nadal and Matteo Berrettini practice at the Wimbledon Centre Court

Today, both Nadal and Berrettini created history at the Wimbledon, as they became the first tennis players to take part in a pre-tournament practice event at the Centre Court. In the past, players had complained about slipping at the Centre during the first week of the Slam. That’s the main reason Wimbledon took this decision to let a few of the top players practice on the Centre Court before the tournament. Also, they don’t want any top players to suffer big injuries during the first week.

It is worth noting that only four female club members were allowed to play on the Centre Court before today to check the various equipment and other things. Last year, they complained about slipping on the surface. Now, Nadal and Berrettini can give their expert opinion after practicing on the Centre Court surface. You can watch the video of them practicing below.

Also, Nadal has been struggling with his foot injury since the French Open this year. Despite that, he decided to participate in this year’s Wimbledon.

At the same time, Berrettini has recovered well from his right-hand surgery and is looking in fine form before the main event at the Wimbledon Championships.

Wimbledon’s rich traditions

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Wimbledon is the oldest tennis event, which started in the year 1877. Since the beginning, it has created some rules and players are following them. Firstly, all the players have to wear whites and can’t include any other visible colors in their dresses. Also, the playing surface is pretty unique to most of the tournaments, as players play on grass surfaces.

A ‘The Championships’ logo is seen at Centre Court during previews for the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 21, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Previously, Sunday used to be an off day for everyone, but this year they have changed this tradition, as the play will continue on Sunday as well. Apart from these, strawberries and cream is one of the signature foods here and it has been a constant since the beginning of this tournament.

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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