Grass Court Season Begins

Grass Court Season Begins

Grass Court Season Begins

As the clay court season officially wraps up, seeing Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Świątek crowned at Roland Garros, the road to Wimbledon begins and with it marks the opening of the grass court season, and so we find ourselves going back to where it all began. Modern tennis was invented in the 1800's in England and was played on grass courts. Wimbledon is the oldest and most historic of all the four grand slams and was first staged in 1877 at the All England lawn tennis and croquet club. This year will mark the 137th edition of the tournament beginning Monday, July 1 through to Sunday, July 14. It will follow its traditional two-week format but the start date is one week later than usual due to a change from the All England Club.

From Clay to Grass

Going from clay to grass, players need a few days to adjust to the difference, adapting their game to the slower bounce, faster pace and refining their movement patterns as grass courts are more difficult for tracking down balls. Irregular bounces can cause issues with a baseliner's rhythm and precision and requires much more footwork around the court due to players losing traction with sudden stops and starts. Aggressive play is rewarded on grass, with serve and volley strategies being highly advantageous. In the same way, because of the low bounce and slickness of grass, slices and drop shots can be extremely effective. For players that have come out of clay season experiencing wrist injuries, grass court season can be particularly problematic as the balls can be a lot more heavy.

Top play from the top seeds

Within the top seeds, all have proven they can handle grass as successfully as clay. Can Alcaraz retain his Wimbledon title for a second year though, and is Świątek's heavy spin enough to conquer grass for a career first win? The transition from clay to grass can be challenging to the best of us, let alone with just three weeks of tournaments before Wimbledon. The biggest challenge being a lack of tournament grade grass on which to practice so it becomes a race against time to get in as many matches and practices as you can before the grand slam itself. This is why the grass court season suddenly becomes very interesting.

Summer of Tennis

Lexus Surbiton Trophy (2-9 June)
Rothesay Open Nottingham (8-16 June)
cinch Championships (15-23 June)
Rothesay Classic Birmingham (15-23 June)
Lexus Ilkley Trophy (15-22 June)
Rothesay International Eastbourne (22-29 June)
Lexus British Open Roehampton (30 June – 5 July)
Wimbledon (1-14 July)


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