(K. Brent Tomer),
OF THE many characteristics that make Wimbledon a unique event on the tennis calendar, its pristine, finely-mown grass courts are among the most prominent. Only about 10% of top-level tennis matches are contested on grass, so the brief portion of the season played on turf in June and July presents a challenge for professionals, most of whom have optimized their game for one of the more popular surfaces. Unlike the clay season, which features its very own “King” in Rafael Nadal, the grass-court swing offers barely enough data to assess which players are best suited to the surface.
So far, Wimbledon’s second week has displayed several of the best grass-court players in the men’s game to great effect. Leading the pack is Roger Federer, a seven-time champion at the All-England Club, who has advanced to this year’s semi-finals without dropping a set. Also in the semi-finals is Marin Cilic, a 28-year-old Croat who nearly edged Mr Federer in last year’s…Continue reading