Wimbledon tennis 2021 - 'Obviously a concern' - Novak Djokovic falls worry Mats Wilander against Jack Draper
World number one Novak Djokovic rallied back from a set down to secure his place in the second round of Wimbledon 2021 after beating Britain's Jack Draper. Djokovic ultimately had too much for the 19-year-old wildcard and won through, 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-2, despite both players having trouble with their footing on the grass with numerous slips leaving Eurosport's Mats Wilander concerned.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic slips on the grass as she returns against Britain's Jack Draper during their men's singles first round match on the first day of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon
"Obviously it has to do with the court being very green," Wilander told Eurosport from Wimbledon. "It was obviously very tricky, very difficult to stand up and not slip around.
"The practice courts are much browner as they have been played on a lot more. But I also think it has to do with the game getting a little bit faster all the time. The players have less time to react, and therefore they are pushing off.
Both players were slipping quite a bit and that is obviously a concern for the future of grass-court tennis. Do we need bigger spikes on the shoes? I don't know what to do.
"What Novak and Roger [Federer] and Rafa [Nadal] are so good at is the early goings in the second set. It doesn't matter to them if they have lost or won the prior set, and he came out and served a lot better. It tells me that the serve for Djokovic on grass is key."