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Wimbledon: Look how the court has changed!

In the lead up to finals day at Wimbledon, it is always interesting to look back at some of the grass court greats. Martina Navratilova, Pete Sampras, Steffi Graf, Bjorn Borg, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Billie Jean King, Rod Laver, Boris Becker and John McEnroe spring to mind.

It got me thinking, what makes a great grass court player. If you look at the list of players above, you would say they almost all have “traditional” grass court styles. But with the changing of the modern game, the balls and the actual grass surface at Wimbledon, it seems any style of game can win at the All England Tennis Club.

It is very interesting to look at the court surface and where the wear & tear is on the court. The first image is from a recent Murray v Raonic final, and the second is from the early 80’s Borg V McEnroe.

Which court do you prefer?

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