Wimbledon court conditions challenge tennis players

Second seed Victoria Azarenka called on Wimbledon organizers to examine the state of the courts after joining a growing list of players to withdraw from the grasscourt grand slam because of injury on Wednesday.


The Belarussian took a bad fall in her first-round match on Monday on what she called a slippery Court One and her knee failed to recover in time for Wednesday's match against Flavia Pennetta as she became one of eight players to pull out so far.


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The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Nine

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina grimaces as he receives treatment after slipping on the grass during the Gentlemen's Singles quarter-final match against David Ferrer of Spain on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 3, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Nine

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina grimaces after slipping on the grass during the Gentlemen's Singles quarter-final match against David Ferrer of Spain on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 3, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

No major champions in women's semis at Wimbledon

Mikhail Youzhny of Russia slips during a Men's singles match against Andy Murray of Britain at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Five

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Jurgen Melzer of Austria falls over on court during his Gentlemen's Singles third round match against Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Five

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Kaia Kanepi of Estonia slips whilst attempting to play a forehand during her Ladies' Singles second round match against Angelique Kerber of Germany on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Five

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: David Ferrer of Spain gets to his feet after slipping over during his Gentlemen's Singles second round match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Four

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Marina Erakovic of New Zealand slips on the grass during the Ladies' Singles second round match against Shuai Peng of China on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Four

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Jeremy Chardy of France slips on the grass during his Gentlemen's Singles second round match against Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Three

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia gets up after slipping on the grass during her Ladies' Singles second round match against Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal on day three of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)