Tennis: No Moore moaning please the grass is fine, says Tara

Rossington's Tara Moore in action at Wimbledon. Pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.
Rossington's Tara Moore in action at Wimbledon. Pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.
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The state of Wimbledon’s grass has become a convenient excuse for several of the high profile stars who have crashed out of this year’s Championships.

Not so with Tara Moore. The promising 20-year old from Rossington lost a tight first round ladies’ doubles match with fellow Brit Melanie South, going down 6-4 7-6(3) to Spanish pair Silvia Soler-Espinosa and Carla Suarez Navarro yesterday.

Several players, among them Maria Sharapova, have been quick to question the playing surfaces at the All England Club with defeats, withdrawals, tumbles and retirements all being put down to everything from ‘dead grass’ to slipperiness.

Moore, who partners Jamie Delgado in the mixed doubles today, said: “I think it (the grass) is perfectly fine.

“When you come to Wimbledon you are playing on the best grass in the world. There’s nowhere else where you play on grass like it. The amount of bad bounces you get is very minimal. You can’t say that for every club, that’s for sure.”

Sheffield’s Jonny Marray and mixed doubles partner Heather Watson could take on Robin Haase and Alicja Rosolska late in the afternoon if the schedule allows.