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Wimbledon championships spark significant rule change after last year’s mishap with Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

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The Wimbledon Championships are famous for their traditions. There are certain things that will never change in the grass-court Grand Slam. However, some factors demand attention and amendments. As the rule around practice in the main arena. Last year, Wimbledon’s untouched center court defeated 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams.

Williams, unaware of the amount of grip center court was taking, slipped during the first round of the tournament. He withdrew from the event and sat out the circuit due to hamstring damage caused by the match. Therefore, considering what happened last year, the Wimbledon Championships have made some changes.

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Wimbledon’s Center Court decision

With many complaints made by players about the slippery surface on Center Court and Court 1, Wimbledon organizers have finally approved the declaration of letting players know the conditions of the court before the match through the practice session. Until now, only club members stepped on center court outside of the Championships.

Also, by allowing players to practice on the grass courts before the tournament, the grass will be less wet and more worn. Thus reducing the chances of injuries caused by slipping.

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In addition, last year, many entities spoke about the potential threat that the courts imposed, such as former World No. 1 Andy Murray. Murray found the courts “extremely” slippery. And eventual champion Novak Djokovic said: “I don’t remember falling so many times on the court.” Also, Roger Federer suffered a lot due to the slippery courts as he was already dealing with knee problems.

However, The All England Club defended the conditions at the time. And wrote, “The preparation of the grass pitches has been with exactly the same level of meticulousness as in previous years.”

Who are the big names at this year’s Wimbledon Championships?

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Firstly, Serena Williams, who has been out of action since Wimbledon last year, will be back in action. She there she will compete for her eighth title and will also chase her 100th win on the greens of Wimbledon.

Serena Williams in action during her first round women’s singles match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Center Court. On the second day of Wimbledon at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Photo date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

Also, the other player who came out of retirement rumors to participate in the tournament is Rafael Nadal. He will play for the title that Novak Djokovic secured last year. While Djokovic, who missed almost the entire season on hard courts and was unable to defend his French Open title, will be seeking his fourth straight title in London.

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Apart from these players, some new faces will also be under the attention of the audience. Like Carlos Alcaraz, Casper Ruud, Coco Gauff and the number 1 in the world Iga Swiatek.

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