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Wimbledon’s Centre Court is a total mess after 12 days

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It was just two Sundays ago that Andy Murray made history at Wimbledon, taking out Novak Djokovic in straight sets to become the first British male to win this Grand Slam since 1936.

It was a heroic moment for the entire country on the most famous tennis court in the world, and less than two weeks since that trophy ceremony this is what Wimbledon looks like.

The Twitter account @WimbledonGroundsman has been sending out pictures of what Wimbledon does to the grass following the tournament, and it's really incredible how they strip the entire grass off and start from scratch.

So yes, a month ago this was one of the greenest places in all of London. Now it looks like Muirfield:

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Check out what Wimbledon looked like on Day 3 of the tournament this year if you want to compare Centre Court with grass to the above picture.

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Why do they do this, you ask? Well the number and intensity of matches on Centre Court ultimately ruins the grass, which starts off soft, lush and a touch slippery, and ends up ragged and dusty and prone to erratic bounces.

"Hopefully the new seed that we put down tomorrow will be up and green next week," the groundsman added on Twitter.

"We use 100 per cent perennial rye grass, containing 3 cultivars: Melbourne, Venice and Pontiac.

"As long as the weather is right and a little help from some fertiliser," he added when asked if one week was really the timeline, before quipping "unfortunately not available in Homebase".

By Shane Bacon | Busted Racquet (Yahoo! US)

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