Wimbledon day two: Highlights from SW19
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Novak Djokovic doesn’t agree with Andy Murray’s notion that the courts at Wimbledon are “not easy to move on”. The Wimbledon courts have seen a number of players slipping over this week, with a few players being forced to retire from their match as a result.
Adrian Mannarino fell and suffered a knee injury in his tie against Roger Federer on Tuesday while Serena Williams injured her ankle against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
John Isner, Nick Kyrgios, Murray and Djokovic have also fallen over on the grass courts this week.
And Murray took to social media on Wednesday night to take aim at the court conditions at Wimbledon following Williams’ withdrawal from the tournament.
He said: “Brutal for Serena Williams but Centre Court is extremely slippy out there. Not easy to move out there.”
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Djokovic was once again falling on the court during his second-round tie against Kevin Anderson on Centre Court earlier today.
But the 19-time Grand Slam champion insists him slipping is purely down to his style of play more than the conditions of the court.
“Well, I’m not cautious of moving on this surface too much, to be honest,” Djokovic said.
“My movement is a lot of sliding, and I also slide on grass. Of course I have to adapt my movement to this surface.
“I was not thinking, I didn’t have Serena’s retirement and Mannarino’s retirement in my head, to be honest, today, even though that’s very sad to see.
“I can’t speak on behalf of the other players, whether they feel the courts are maybe a bit more slippery than maybe previous years.
“For me, I think it’s my movement that is probably a bit more aggressive and dynamic first steps, change of directions, that I’ve carried on from the clay court season to grass.
“As I said, the more matches you play, because practice session and practice sets and official match is completely different, with nerves and everything.
“Of course, you’re going to tend to fall slightly more in official matches. That’s all really.”
Murray is back in action on Centre Court this evening in the second round against Oscar Otte.
The former British No 1 defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in the previous round in his first singles match at Wimbledon since 2017.
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