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Wimbledon confident courts will be ready for Olympics

The Wimbledon All England Club has stated today that they are sure that the courts will be resurfaced in time in the short period between the Wimbledon Championships of 2012 and the London Olympics.

An experiment was carried out the Centre Court at Wimbledon by Eddie Seaward, the club’s head groundsman. He sowed fresh rye grass seeds on July 5 2010, the day after this year’s Wimbledon final finished, and he reported a successful result by the 19th of the same month.

“Within two weeks, the Centre Court was ready to play on again,” Seaward said. “We showed it to the competition manager for tennis at the London Olympics, Clare Wood, and she was more than happy with the results.”

The grass on the Wimbledon tennis courts are gradually worn down by the players of a huge number of matches played in just one fortnight within July, resulting in the area around the baseline becoming bald by the time the tournament finishes.

However, Seaward feels his experiment has proven that the challenge of hosting both the Wimbledon Championships and the London Olympics in such close succession is more than manageable.

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