Originally created 06/28/99

Lloyd: Pave over the grass at Wimbeldon



LONDON -- John Lloyd has some advice for Wimbledon -- dig up the grass.

The former British Davis Cup player insists a more even playing surface will improve the play.

"The tournament would be a lot better off with the demise of grass," he wrote in a newspaper column for the Independent On Sunday.

"The quality of tennis would improve by leaps and bounds, it would be three times better to watch."

Lloyd said the backlash from converting the world's premier grass-court tournament into a synthetic court event would be short-lived and the essence of Wimbledon would survive.

"This is not meant as a snub to Wimbledon, which is the greatest event in the sport, but it is not the grass at Wimbledon that makes it so special," he said.

"Digging up the grass would cause a slight blip and then it would be quickly forgotten. Wimbledon would be so much better on a medium-paced surface."



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