'I have sleepless nights in the build-up to the Championships'

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Every morning you wake up thinking, 'What can go wrong today?'

It's no easy job, being in charge of delivering the best grass courts in the world at the biggest tournament of them all

“I have sleepless nights in the build-up to the Championships,” says Neil Stubley, Head Groundsman at the All England Tennis Club. “A month out I won’t get a proper night’s sleep because I’m worried about what might go wrong. But it stops you getting complacent.

"Every morning you wake up thinking, 'What can go wrong today?' I think if I ever don’t think like that it’s time to move on.”

The All England Lawn Tennis Club by the numbers

 

8Head Groundsmen in Championships' history

 

1995

Neil Stubley’s first Championships

 

19

Championship courts

 

22

Practice courts

 

16

Full-time ground staff

 

243

Ground staff for The Championships (including 190 court coverers)

 

9Tonnes of grass seed sown each year (100% Ryegrass)

 

500

Litres of paint used each year (Titanium Dioxide)

 

8Playing height of grass in millimetres

 

54

Million grass seeds sown on Centre Court 

To read "Top Seed", an exclusive interview with Neil Stubley on the challenges of preparing perfect grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, get your hands on a copy of tennishead: Wimbledon 2015 issue, on sale in selected branches of Tesco, Sainsbury's and WHSmith on June 25. Click here to subscribe.

 

Posted by: Jo Carter

Neil Stubley is Head Groundsman at the All England Lawn Tennis Club

Neil Stubley is Head Groundsman at the All England Lawn Tennis Club

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