Injuries, grass movement & play-styles
Your amalgamation of Mario 64 and Wimbledon filled me with glee - thank you very much for that!
Brilliant read as always. Hope all is well otherwise Matthew!
I have no evidence contrary to, as you say, "....their groundskeeping is as advanced as it gets and world-renowned. If there were ways to make the grass less slippery, they will have certainly already considered it." It is a reasonable assumption. But, in all areas of human affairs I have noticed an increasing and prevalent incidence of blind spots and incompetence at the highest levels of authority. So-called expertise seems to mean less and less. It could very well be that, amidst their vast knowledge and experience, the administration and groundskeepers at Wimbledon have made a simple and very consequential mistake. If this might be so, the additional problem is that, even if they realize it, they, like many other organizations and people with great power, very probably will deny it and cover it up to save face. We will see.
Why can't shoe manufacturers also be responsible and compensate with more aggressive tread/cleat patterns? Or does this go against Wimbledon code? I couldn't help but notice the 3 players that went down were all wearing Nike.