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Ep. 10 - Neil Stubley

Updated: Jun 30, 2020

"One of the things that we always try to achieve here is that if you come to the Championships, we want you to leave thinking wow, there is nowhere else on the planet like this. We want that once in a lifetime experience for someone." 

Neil Stubley is the Head of Courts and Horticulture at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. In that role, his most high-profile function is to prepare the grass courts each year for Wimbledon. Neil feels if he and his team have done their best work, you will have no reason to talk about the playing surface and instead can focus on the players. In this episode, Neil discusses the work that goes into having the courts in their peak condition for the Wimbledon fortnight, the challenges grass presents in being a living surface, the lengths the Club goes to in an effort to ensure it's not just the courts that look spectacular for the British summer and he even admits that his own lawn at home is nothing to brag about!

Below are Show Notes for our episode with Neil Stubley

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About the Grass Courts,

Facts and Figures / FAQ,

Lawn Care Tips, 

A day in the life: the grass,

All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club

Road to Wimbledon 

Renovation: Stripping Center Court, Wimbledon video


Premier League Grow lights at Wimbledon, @AELTCGroundsman on Twitter 

Grasses for Sports Fields, Cornell University 

Sport Turf Research Institute 

Grass courts are all about the dirt, (information on gravities tests)

How to Choose the Right Tennis Shoe, Tennis Warehouse

Here's why Middle Sunday is held sacred at Wimbledon, USA Today

Center Court Without Rain?, NY Times (2009)

Wimbledon Adds No. 1 Court Roof, Daily Mail (2019)

Rufus the Hawk

2012 Olympic Tennis

Wimbledon Guardians of Grass Face a Challenging Summer, NY Times (2012)

Why did serve and volley die out at Wimbledon, BBC (2013)

Lleyton Hewitt

Hewitt Wins Wimbledon, BBC (2002)

Roland Garros

Nadal-Federer 2008 final, extended highlight

Djokovic-Federer 2019 final, highlight

Once Wimbledon's Foundation, Croquet Lives In Its Margins, NY Times

Wimbledon a living English garden, Sport24

Eddie Seward (photo)

The floral display at Wimbledon, Telegraph (2008)

ATP Tour


Mallorca Championships




SportsField Management Magazine (Formerly Sports Turf)

Grounds Management Association 

The Moon's a Balloon, by David Nevin   

Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography, by Alex Ferguson

Joey Tribbiani

After Life

Ricky Gervais

Gangs of London

Arsenal F.C.

1979 FA Cup final highlights

Manchester United

Wembley Stadium

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