'I have sleepless nights in the build-up to the Championships'
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
Neil Stubley’s first Championships
Full-time ground staff
Ground staff for The Championships (including 190 court coverers)
9Tonnes of grass seed sown each year (100% Ryegrass)
Litres of paint used each year (Titanium Dioxide)
8Playing height of grass in millimetres
Million grass seeds sown on Centre Court
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