Artificial turf at Wimbledon? Surely not!
But yes, Wimbledon chiefs are thinking about putting in an artificial playing surface on the hallowed Centre Court to allow an equal number of women's and men's games.
The London venue prides itself on its natural grass courts and tennis whites, but is currently handicapped by the perennial ryegrass wearing out under the demands of a two-week event, The Mail on Sunday reports.
During the men's final last week, eventual winner Novak Djokovic picked up a piece of worn turf.
Wimbledon's bosses are funding research into an artificial 'weave', which would mean a hybrid of fake and real grass. The plan is to introduce it on a practice court for use at club level first, The Mail on Sunday reported.
With the natural grass, just three matches can be played per day on Centre Court.
This has created an imbalance between male and female matches — but committee member Tim Henman said that could soon change.
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