For the next two weeks all eyes will be focused on the most famous lawn in world sport.
It’s Wimbledon fortnight and we can look forward to seeing all the world’s top players in action: Murray, Djokovic, Federer, Kerber, Halep, Pliskova … and arguably the biggest star of the show, the Centre Court itself.
We thought we’d mark Wimbledon 2017 by taking a look at some stats about the famous lawn. And we’ve got a top tip on how you can give your own lawn the Centre Court look without breaking the bank.
So, what goes into ensuring the 18 grass courts used during Wimbledon are in great shape from Day 1 to Finals weekend? Here are just a few facts we think you’ll love!
Did you know that ...
- Since 2001, following studies into durability, the courts have been sown with 100% perennial ryegrass
- The grass is cut to 8mm during Wimbledon - the optimum length for the modern game, according to scientific researchers
- During Wimbledon, the courts are cut every day and watered a little each evening
- The 18 Championship and 22 practice grass courts are tended by a team of 16 full-time ground staff led by head groundsman Neil Stubley - and the numbers are increased to 28 during the two weeks of Wimbledon
- A singles court measures 23.77m x 8.23m; the area of grass on each of the Centre Court and Number 1 Courts is 41m x 22m
- How high the ball bounces is determined by the soil, not the grass
- Nine tonnes of grass seed is used each year
- The courts have to withstand over 650 matches during the tournament
But what about the Centre Court’s trademark stripes? How can we get that Wimbledon look for our lawns? It’s actually a lot easier than you might think, with a range of roller lawnmowers that will do the job nicely.
It’s all about direction - Stripes are simply created by the two-tone contrasting colours of grass laid flat in one direction and again in the opposite direction. The direction in which the grass is bent causes the light green vs dark green striping effect.
In the meantime, we can all sit back and enjoy the best tennis tournament on the planet, played on the finest surface of all - grass!