Novak Djokovic says he ‘doesn’t mind’ continuing to slip on the Wimbledon courts as long as he keeps winning.
The world number one and defending champion took a number of tumbles on Centre Court against Kevin Anderson as a result of losing his footing.
Many players have struggled with a slick and slippery surface at Wimbledon so far, with both Serena Williams and Adrian Mannarino forced out of the tournament due to slip-related injuries on Tuesday.
Djokovic, though, does not believe Wimbledon are at fault for what is clearly a concern to many players.
“I definitely had a very close contact with the grass in the first match and also in the second one,” Djokovic said. “A few falls, maybe more than I would like, but I don’t think it’s about courts.
“Obviously it was raining for a few days. Maybe the first match under [Centre Court’s] roof, the humidity affects the moist, the kind of surface of the grass, and it becomes a bit more slippery than in normal circumstances.
“But I think the fact that I didn’t play on grass courts for two years, the fact that I’m coming from several months of clay court, a surface completely different in terms of movement and bounce and everything to the grass… I think I’m still adjusting my movement, adapting myself.
“It’s been, as I said, only two matches. Hopefully as the tournament progresses I’ll also fall less, even though I don’t mind falling more if the result is winning a match.”
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