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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 May, 2005, 16:04 GMT 17:04 UK
Wimbledon backs down over balls
Tim Henman
Wimbledon officials have granted Tim Henman's wish that tins of balls should be opened on court to keep conditions as fast as possible.

Henman had revealed that tins of balls are opened a week before the event, and feared that made them play slower.

The ball manufacturer Slazenger has denied that suggestion, but Henman will get his wish this year.

Wimbledon chief Chris Gorringe said: "We (will) adopt the policy of opening the cans of new balls on court."

Henman had described the previous policy of opening tins up to 10 days before play as "bizarre" and suggested he had been using 'flat' balls in his quest to win the Wimbledon title.

However, Gorringe said: "This practice has been carried out for over 10 years and was certainly not a couple of weeks in advance, as has been suggested.

"Although we have continually been advised by Slazenger that this not would make any difference to the balls' playing properties, we had nevertheless decided in April this year that we would adopt the policy of opening the cans of new balls on court.

"I can confirm that, as with the other Grand Slams, this will be the case at the 2005 Championships."


SEE ALSO
Henman exposes Wimbledon secret
26 May 05 |  Tennis



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