No dress code for 2012 tennis but grass will stay green

Fri Aug 13, 2010 3:40pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - The All England Club will be awash with color in two years with its rigid all-white clothing policy being relaxed for the 2012 Olympics tennis competition.

The lush grass courts will be their trademark green rather than dusty brown, however, after Games organizers confirmed on Friday that a re-seeding technique trialed after this year's Wimbledon fortnight had been a success.

There had been concerns that the three-week window between the end of the Wimbledon championships and the start of the Olympic event would not be sufficient for the scuffed up baselines to recover.

"We have solved that problem," Debbie Jevans, director of sport for the 2012 organising committee (LOCOG) confirmed to Reuters. "We have done a few experiments and we'll be in great shape for the event in 2012.

"(All England Club groundsman) Eddie Seward did an experiment after this year's championships with pre-germinated grass seed and two weeks later it looked as good as new."

Jevans, a former professional tennis player who is now responsible for making sure the various sports run smoothly in 2012, is particularly pleased that the Olympic tennis event is being staged at such an iconic venue.

"Really, it was a no-brainer," she said, adding that the Olympic tournament will have a completely different feel to the Wimbledon tournament.

"The players will be able to wear what they like," she said. "And to be fair that's happened before when Davis Cup matches have been staged there as well.   Continued...