Saturday, July 06, 2013
Do safer grass court shoes breach the rule ?
Prior to the semi finals, Novak Djokovic was told by the All England Club to change his shoes. In the previous rounds Djokovic played with rough foxing around his shoes and did not slip. The foxing of a shoe describes the reinforcement or covering used traditionally to vulcanize (join) the sole and upper of the canvas shoe. According to the Grand Slam Handbook, shoes for grass-court should not have “pimples or studs around the outside of the toes.” Foxing around the toes must be smooth in the competition grass court tennis shoe. Extended traction offered by rubber villi could increase stability on went surfaces and technically give the player greater advantage over their opponent who was not similarly shod. A Wimbledon referee reported Djokovic and he had to change his shoes. During the semi-final against Juan Martin Del Potro, Djokovic slipped on the grass a number of times. This event has once again raised the question about shoe tread and grass surfaces. Earlier Roger Federerwas prevented from wearing his orange-soled shoes due to the “all - white clothing” rule.