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Watson: Boyz ready for win over USA

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first_imgATLANTA, Georgia: The last time Jamaica tackled the United States at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, they appeared primed for the battle, reeling off some good first round performances, including a 1-0 victory over Honduras at New York Red Bulls Stadium that was hailed as the country’s best display in decades. In the Honduras game there were seven changes to the Jamaica line-up, as the team had already qualified for the knockout stage and players were rested for various reasons. For the next match against the United States, in the quarter-finals, the same seven changes were made to the Jamaica team. They lost 2-0. On Wednesday, both countries will meet in the semi-finals of the Gold Cup and Je-Vaughn ‘Hacker’ Watson, one of the players who provided some star quality in a wonderful offensive display that night in New Jersey is very much at the heart of Jamaica’s team again and believes the time is ripe for a win “There’s no better chance to beat them than right now. We’ve a very good bunch of guys who are playing well both sides of the ball in attack and defence. We’ve to go out there and believe in ourselves and beat this team,” he said, after training on Tuesday at Emery University. “The US are a hard fighting team, they’re going to put their best foot forward, no matter what, they’re not going to give up, whether they’re down 2-0, 3-0, we’ve to be disciplined and make sure we come out victorious,” Watson explained. “Now I think the guys are more determined. We’ve a lot to prove as Jamaican players right now. You can see the difference, we’re not conceding goals like before. In the tournament we’ve played four games and we’ve only conceded two goals,” he pointed out. Both teams are unbeaten, with three wins and one draw in four contests. Jamaica have a losing record against the US, 13 losses, one win and eight draws. However, they have played strong in this tournament, registering five goals and conceding two, while the US have also been hot, pumping in 10 while letting in two. Clint Dempsey has been their talisman, netting six of the goals, including his first hat-trick for his country in Saturday’s 6-0 quarter-final hammering of Cuba. Watson says they will have to put a lid on Dempsey and Michael Bradley, the US’s other top player. “They’re top quality players, Bradley and Dempsey. Dempsey is a good goalscorer, if he gets a half chance he’ll put it in; Dempsey is a guy who dictates the pace of the game, he’s always on the ball, so we’ll have to go out there and try to lock those players down,” Watson said. The midfielder, who has won man of the match awards in two matches, missed the last game against El Salvador with yellow cards, as well as striker Darren Mattocks, who picked up a red  in the same match. “Coming back in the team I want to give a strong performance,” Watson said. “In the back of everybody’s mind we want to win the tournament and to win the tournament we’ve to get past the US. “The team vibe is good, I think anybody who goes out there is ready to die on the field. We’ve never beaten the US on US soil and everybody wants to make history and win the game. There’s no better chance than right now.”last_img read more

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Watts rejects Francis’ claims

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first_imgBEIJING, China: Team manager Ludlow Watts has rejected Stephen Francis’ arguments about the management of Jamaica’s training camp ahead of the IAAF World Championships. Francis questioned the usefulness of the camp and blamed the team’s management for causing some of his and other athletes to miss several days of training and compromising their preparation, with the World Championships just around the corner. The MVP Track Club coach said some athletes were given extremely difficult travel itineraries, which in some cases grossly extended what is a two-hour direct flight from Tottori to Beijing, while there were also issues at check-in at the team hotel in Beijing, with athletes waiting for hours before they were given keys to their rooms. These were among the issues that irritated Francis, who didn’t mince his words as he questioned the competence of the JAAA management group here, which is headed by Watts. “These people obviously can’t organise their way out of a garbage pan and they should leave it alone. Get some people who can do this properly, and I am sure there are people in Jamaica who can,” Francis had said. However, speaking to The Gleaner yesterday, Watts defended the travel arrangements made for transferring the athletes from Tottori in Japan, where the camp was based, and into Beijing for the championships itself and pointed to what he described as unavoidable delays experienced upon arrival at the team hotel. “If there is a criticism – and I don’t know where that is coming from, it would not be based on good judgement,” Watts rebutted before establishing his assessment of the camp, which ended on Tuesday. VALUABLE EXERCISE Watt, who also serves as treasurer for the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, insisted that the camp was a valuable exercise and believes it was the best the team has organised in recent times. “Let me say that I am not 100 per cent satisfied with everything, but I believe we have made enough preparations to do well here,” Watts stated. “What I would say is this is the best camp we have had in history and we have had several. The feedback that we have had from the athletes, coaches, and management staff is that we have had a fantastic camp,” said Watts yesterday. “I think the mood in the camp is generally good. Nothing is perfect, but the mood is generally good.” “I don’t know if there was any difference from people travelling internationally, from Germany to France for instance. I think it was a normal transport arrangement, I think it was normal,” said Watts in reference to the travel arrangement made for the athletes. He also sought to explain the delays during the checking-in process at the team hotel in Beijing, noting that language issues and high traffic were the main reasons behind this. “When you get into a hotel when you have 10 other teams and 1,000 people coming in and five teams coming in at the same time, it cannot be as smooth as people walking through the alley, but we are satisfied with what we did with the resources available and the circumstances,” said Watts. The Jamaicans are sharing a hotel with several other teams such as the United States.last_img read more

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Clarendon, Manchester in daCosta Cup blockbuster

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first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:When the high-flying Manchester High School meet the defending ISSA-Flow daCosta champions Clarendon College at Middlesex College this afternoon in the feature game of a double header, it will bring together two of the competition’s most prolific teams.The first game is between Denbigh and Ewarton at one o’clock, a game that should serve to whet appetites for the epic clash to follow at 3 p.m.Manchester and Clarendon College combined have scored a whopping 101 goals between them, 68 coming from the rampaging Manchester team and the remaining 33 coming from the champions.It will also feature two of the meanest backlines in the daCosta Cup as both have had their defences breached four times apiece.Clarendon College are yet to lose in eight matches, with five wins and three draws in amassing 18 points to top their group. They bring a refreshing style of play to the fore against a rugged and completely well-drilled Manchester machine.Manchester’s coach, Donovan Duckie, points to the fact that his three-year plan for daCosta Cup domination has been working. He told The Gleaner that a solid platform was laid and the proof is their success to this point.”Coming against the champions, we have to be mindful who they are, first of all. They are champions for a reason, they have been there and done it. Therefore, it is on us to give our best when we meet,” said Duckie.”We can only control what we can; play our game and put in place a tactically sound approach against this Clarendon College team,” he said.They have won all 10 games in the group stage and owe much of their punch upfront to talented forwards Romaine Walsh and the dangerous Duhaney Williams. Between them, they account for 39 of Manchester’s goals.Walsh leads the race for the Golden Boot with 20 goals, while Williams has scored 19.”We have managed to score a historic number of goals of any school in the history of the daCosta Cup at this stage. Williams and Walsh are just on fire, and we hope a victory is also there for us in this one,” Duckie asserted.last_img read more

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Hiddink back at Chelsea

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first_imgLONDON (AP): Guus Hiddink returned to Chelsea for a second spell as manager yesterday, hired until the end of the season with the tough task of turning around the struggling Premier League champions following Jose Mourinho’s firing. As Chelsea beat Sunderland 3-1 under the temporary command of Steve Holland, Hiddink watched from the stands at Stamford Bridge with owner Roman Abramovich and former striker Didier Drogba, who has been linked with a coaching role. Drogba scored in Chelsea’s 2009 FA Cup final win when Hiddink previously filled the Chelsea managerial void for around four months after the exit of Luiz Felipe Scolari. The 69-year-old Hiddink’s latest firefighting role comes with Chelsea only four points above the Premier League relegation zone following an alarming slump just seven months after sweeping to the title. “I am excited to return to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world, but is not where it should be at the moment,” Hiddink said. “However, I am sure we can all turn this season around.” Chelsea said they viewed the Dutchman as a coach with a “wealth of top-level experience and success”. The club highlighted how fans were “singing his name following our final home game” of the 2008-09 season, but it was Mourinho’s name they were still chanting yesterday. Hiddink’s fortunes have faded since he was last at Chelsea. He quit as manager of Turkey after failing to qualify the team for the 2012 European Championship and did not win a trophy with Anzhi Makhachkala during a spell with the Russian club. He has been out of work since being fired by the Netherlands in June during the latter stages of his country’s unsuccessful attempt to qualify for Euro 2016. He had five losses, four victories and a draw during his year in charge of a team that finished third at the 2014 World Cup under Louis van Gaal, now the manager of Manchester United.last_img read more

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BOURNEMOUTH VS MAN CITY

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first_imgBOURNEMOUTH (4-4-2)BORUC,SMITH, FRANCIS, COOK, DANIELS,RITCHIE, ARTER, SURMAN, GRADEL,KING, AFOBEAGUERO,FERNANDO, SILVA, NAVAS,TOURE, FERNANDINHO,CLICHY, MANGALA, DEMICHELIS, SAGNA,HARTMAN CITY (4-4-2)Manchester City are fourth in the Barclays Premier League, a massive 15 points behind leaders Leicester City and four points adrift of Arsenal, in third.City have won just one of their last six Premier League games – against bottom club Aston Villa – while taking just four points from a possible 24 on offer.City lost 1-0 to Manchester United last time out, having drawn 0-0 at Old Trafford; the last time City failed to score in both games of a season against a single Premier League opponent was against Arsenal in 2010-11.Indeed, Manuel Pellegrini’s men have failed to score in three of their past four Premier League games. And Man City have lost 17 of the last 18 Premier League games they have been losing at half-time, drawing the other.On the road, City have won just five times this season in the league while scoring only 13 goals in their 14 games on the road. Only West Bromwich Albion (11) and Newcastle (seven) have scored fewer away goals.Overall, City’s away games have produced only 27 goals, the joint fewest of any BPL team, equal with Southampton (For 13, Against 14) and WBA (F11, A 16).And they need to win each of their remaining five away games to equal their number of away wins in each of the previous two seasons.Bournemouth have risen to 13th after winning three of their last four and are without Tyrone Mings, Junior Stanislas and Callum Wilson while there are tests for Harry Arter and Josh King.City are without Vincent Kompany and Raheem Sterling while there are tests for Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph, Joe Hart, Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure and Nicolas Otamendi.last_img read more

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Brawn upsets at 6-1

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first_imgBRAWN, running at odds of 6-1, with customary jockey Aaron Chatrie riding for trainer Gary Subratie, ran on strongly, leaving the furlong pole to win the 3-y-o and up open allowance feature for the Saint Cecelia Cup over 1300 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.Among his victims was his more fancied stable-companion NUCLEAR AFFAIR (2-1), who ran way below expectations despite coming off a recent win over the distance in the Seek Exercise Book Trophy, a race in which BRAWN was third.The classy 3-y-o filly, who won the 1000 Guineas in April, was unable to go the early pace and was never a factor in finishing out of the frame.Subratie said that while he expected a big run from BRAWN with more pace present, “Nuclear Affair failed to click.””It is difficult to pinpoint any problems with her until she is examined,” the second-generation trainer said shortly after the race.However, based on the last run behind NUCLEAR AFFAIR in which BRAWN carried topweight of 57.0kg and ran a good race, Subratie was quick to add that the victory was not surprising now coming down to 54.0kg in the scales.stormed throughHeld up in sixth as FORCE DE JOUR (23-1) led from the 6-5 favourite CAMPESINO and DREAMCOMRETRUE (16-1) in a 10-horse field, BRAWN stormed through on the rails in mid-stretch to beat DREAMCOMETRUE by 1-1/4 lengths with topweight PHINEAS (2-1) third.An American-bred 4-y-o colt, owned by Michros, BRAWN covered the distance in a very fast 1:17.1, behind splits of 23.1, 46.0, and 1:10.2 for the first six furlongs, only three-fifths of a second outside the track record held by EROS since September 1993.Chatrie and Subratie teamed up for a second winner on the card in 8-5 chance ZACKONTHEATTACK in the third race over 1400 metres.Meanwhile, the 2015 St Leger winner, SUPERLUMINAL, ridden by Paul ‘Country’ Francis for in-form trainer Ian Parsard at odds of 8-5, took over the lead from RAGING PROSPECT (23-1), approaching the half-mile and outstaying him by 2-3/4lengths to win the day’s co-feature over 2000 metres for the Kenneth Mattis O.D. Memorial Trophy contested by seven overnight allowance horses.It was SUPERLUMINAL”s second consecutive win this month.last_img read more

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Lewis strikes ton but Windies lose to Sri Lanka

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first_img CLOSE CALLS Lewis was dropped on 26 and 41, survived an lbw decision on 53 as well as a run out chance on 114 before he was stranded mid-pitch as a result of a mix-up with Holder. He was one of three batsmen, who went by way of the run out route, the others being Shai Hope for 25 and Jonathan Carter. Lewis’s departure saw West Indies slipping to 262 for six with 69 needed from 57 balls until Holder and Brathwaite, who contributed 19, put together 45 runs for the seventh wicket to drag Windies within 24 runs shy of Sri Lanka’s score. Brathwaite was one of two victims of Nuwan Kulasekara, who was Sri Lanka’s top bowler with two for 72. West Indies, who were cruising to the target for most of the game, found themselves needing 19 from ten balls, before ten runs were required from the final over. Sulieman Benn sparked excitement in the Windies camp when he hit the second delivery of Pradeep’s over, over deep mid wicket and then holed out to sweeper cover with three needed from the final three deliveries. Holder, who then needed three from the final ball, managed a shot to cover for a single as Sri Lanka prevailed. Holder, who was not out on 45, also finished as the leading wicket taker for his side with three wickets for 57 runs. Earlier, two Sri Lankan batsmen missed out on centuries by exactly six runs after the home side recovered from the loss of Kusal Perera in the third over with the score on 18. Niroshan Dickwella 94, Kusal Mendis 94 and Dhananjaya de Silva 58 were the top scorers for Sri Lanka who lost to West Indies at the start of the series. BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, (CMC): Evin Lewis struck his first ODI century, but his knock was in vain as West Indies panicked in the death overs to hand Sri Lanka a nail-biting one-run win in the fifth game of the Tri-Nation Series at Queen’s Club here yesterday. Lewis scored an enterprising 148 to keep West Indies on course for victory, while cameos from captain Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite brought the Caribbean side within striking distance. But with ten runs needed in the final over to successfully chase a 300 plus target for the first time in ODIs, the Windies were bogged down by deliveries at the death from Nuwan Pradeep in a thrilling finish. Sri Lanka’s win secures a spot in Sunday’s final, while West Indies and Zimbabwe meet on Friday to decide which team advances. Lewis’s maiden ODI century contained 15 fours and four sixes as he kept West Indies in line with the asking rate for most of the chase. The Trinidad and Tobago batsman shared in two half century partnerships that powered his side’s innings to 329 for nine after the home side amassed 330 for seven after they were sent in. He featured in an opening stand of 63 with Johnson Charles, who scored 26 and 70 for the second wicket with Kraigg Brathwaite, who got 16 and rode his luck several times during his backbone innings.last_img read more

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Spencer requests suspension lift

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first_imgPaul Greene, the attorney for 400m hurdler Kaliese Spencer, yesterday requested that the provisional suspension against the athlete for an anti-doping rule violation be lifted, pending the outcome of a hearing before the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel scheduled for May 15. Spencer, dressed in slate-grey pants suit, blue ruffled blouse and blue pumps, was the picture of composure and smiled amiably with those present at yesterday’s preliminary hearing at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, where she was also accompanied by her agent, Marvin Anderson. Greene made the argument that there was a only short period of time before the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) National Senior Championships begins on June 22, and that a provisional suspension was merely optional as Spencer did not test positive for a prohibited substance. He requested that the panel, chaired by Kent Gammon and including Heron Dale and Donovan Calder, consider lifting the suspension. “We’re concerned about timing, and JADCO, in the past, has taken too long under the rules to have a hearing. Miss Spencer is an IAAF international-level athlete and those rules require a hearing within two months, which the panel clearly understood,” he told the media afterwards. Greene also noted that the hearing to suspend Spencer should have been made before the panel instead of privately before the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission’s Executive Director, Carey Brown. “And they didn’t provide any evidence at the provisional suspension hearing… and for those reasons, we believe the suspension should be lifted,” he added. “I’m very surprised that they didn’t provide any evidence at the provisional suspension hearing. How do you decide to put an optional provisional suspension in place without presenting any evidence that she should be suspended? I’m not surprised, because I’ve dealt with JADCO in the past; but I am surprised in general that it happened that way,” Greene said. The Gleaner posed that question of why a hearing was done privately to Carey Brown, who said he could not answer because he was rushing off to another engagement. Lackston Robinson, who also represented JADCO at the hearing, said his body had no objections to the lifting of a suspension. Gammon, meanwhile, said that the panel would consider the request with the decision to be communicated within a week. The hearing is scheduled to begin on May 15 at 11 a.m. JADCO was given until April to submit their brief and bundle of documents, including witness statements, while Greene said he would respond by April 28. Greene added that if the outcome was not in Spencer’s favour, her defence team could pursue the option of going directly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland to ask for provisional relief. “Our biggest concern is timing. If we can get a decision by June 1, let’s assume she loses, we can then go to CAS and ask for provisional relief and then she compete in the trials. If we can show irreparable harm and likelihood of success, which we will be able to show, she then can compete pending the outcome of the CAS case because if she wins and she didn’t compete at trials, she can’t go to Worlds (Championships),” he explained. NO OBJECTIONlast_img read more

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Higuain prepares for fiery reception in Naples

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first_imgMILAN (AP):Gonzalo Higuain will face the wrath like that of a scorned lover when he returns to Napoli for the first time since his move to bitter rivals Juventus.The love Napoli fans had for Higuain swiftly turned to hatred following his transfer for an Italian-record US$100 million after scoring 36 goals last season to break a 66-year-old Serie A record.This is the first chance Napoli fans have had to vent their animosity at their former hero, as they were banned from attending the reverse fixture for security reasons. Higuain’s reception is expected to include a barrage of whistles and insults.”I don’t know what kind of welcome he will get,” Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri said.”Normally, the Napoli fans are very generous. There have been moments of anger, but those derived from the jealousy of those who felt a bit betrayed.”With 71 league goals in 104 Serie A matches for Napoli in the past three seasons, Higuain’s popularity in Naples was beginning to approach that of Diego Maradona, his fellow Argentine who led Napoli to its only two league titles in 1987 and 1990.When the transfer was announced in July, Napoli fans publicly threw their Higuain shirts, banners, and scarves into the trash.All this adds spice to one of the most fiercely contested fixtures in Italy, which will be played twice in quick succession. The league match on Sunday is followed three days later by the return leg of their Italian Cup semi-final.Security has been stepped up, and it is partly down to safety fears that Juventus are not staying in Naples between the fixtures.Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon hopes all the focus will stay on the pitch.”Higuain will be honoured by Sarri’s words, but there is a match to be played, a post-match to manage well,” Buffon said. “Napoli-Juventus is too important an advert for Italian football to get lost in small or paltry matters, which don’t help anyone.”last_img read more

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Djokovic says Wimbledon courts ‘not that great’ this year

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first_imgIT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES He also expressed confidence that the surface at Centre Court would be able to hold up over the second week.Simona Halep, whose quarterfinal loss to Johanna Konta was the third match on Centre Court on Tuesday, said she didn’t notice the hole Djokovic had mentioned.And Djokovic said the issue wasn’t one of safety as much as it was about fair play.“Grass is probably the most demanding and complex surface for maintenance,” he said. “The more you play on it, the worse it actually gets, unfortunately.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ View comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “(The) courts, honestly, are not that great this year and many players feel the same, but it is what it is,” Djokovic said in a television interview after his match ended. “I’m sure they’re trying their best, but I’ve played on better courts.”Djokovic, a three-time Wimbledon champion and 12-time Grand Slam winner, initially expressed his disappointment with the court condition following a third-round victory over Ernests Gulbis on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’On Tuesday, playing with the roof closed, Djokovic could be seen after points picking up or kicking away small portions of grass that had loosened up on the baseline.The second-seeded Serb lodged his disappointment with chair umpire Carlos Bernardes during the match and pointed out the issue afterward. Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Pacquiao: Until passion is gone, I’ll continue to fight Members of the ground staff work on the baseline after play finished on center court on day eight at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — Bothered by what he called a “hole” at Centre Court, Novak Djokovic complained about the condition of the grass at Wimbledon on Tuesday.Djokovic, who defeated Adrian Mannarino in the fourth round, said the courts are among the worst he’s played on in his 13 years at the All England Club.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He wanted me to show him, so I showed him,” Djokovic said at a news conference. “His reaction wasn’t that great.”Mannarino, who had not played on Centre Court until he faced Djokovic, said his only concern about the surface was that he had to make sure he didn’t slip during the match.“To me, the Centre Court (was) really good, actually,” Mannarino said. “Maybe he was complaining a little bit, but compared to the other courts I’ve been playing on before, it was good.”Tuesday was the first day persistent rain moved over southwest London since Wimbledon started. Because of the dry conditions, the 18 courts saw nearly uninterrupted play over the first seven days of the tournament, which led to consistent wear.Neil Stubley, the club’s head of courts and horticulture, said on Saturday that the measurements his staff had taken over the first week of play showed that the grass was considered to be healthy and within the acceptable standards of use.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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