Brook confident over Olympics

25 April 2012 / 06:31

Wimbledon chairman Philip Brook is confident the grass courts will be restored in time for the Olympic Games, which begin just three weeks after the 2012 Championships.

The All England Club ground staff have been running trials over the last two years to ensure the lawns, which are threadbare by the end of Wimbledon fortnight, are in "pristine condition" for the Olympics.

Wimbledon will have the use of hosepipes and sprinklers after being granted an exemption from the current ban - but Brook conceded Wimbledon's famous hanging flower baskets may have to be scaled back.

"It might seem odd to be talking about a shortage of water when it's rained for the last three weeks here in London but we do recognise that there is a serious water shortage in the south-east of England," Brook said.

"Away from the courts we are reducing unnecessary water use.

"With that in mind we are revising our planting schemes, with drought-resistant plants and some reduction in hanging baskets inside and outside the grounds.

"Wimbledon this year will be a little less colourful than usual but we think it's the right thing to do."