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Rafael Nadal and Matteo Berrettini make history by practicing on Centre Court ahead of Wimbledon for the first time - after players complained last year's slippery surface caused injuries and forced Serena Williams to retire in the first round Rafael Nadal and Matteo Berrettini practiced on Centre Court for 45 minutes It is the first time players have been allowed to do so the before Wimbledon  The idea is to slightly break in the surface to minimise slipping in early rounds Serena Williams and Adrian Mannarino were forced to retire after falling last year

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Rafael Nadal and Matteo Berrettini made history this lunchtime by being allowed a 45-minute practice on the Centre Court, the first time this has ever happened on a Thursday before the tournament.

The idea is to slightly break in the surface and try to minimise the slipping and sliding often seen in the early rounds.

The decision comes after incidents in recent years which have seen players struggle to keep their footing on the slick virgin surface.

Rafael Nadal and Matteo Berrettini made history in 45-minute practice on the Centre Court

Rafael Nadal and Matteo Berrettini made history in 45-minute practice on the Centre Court

It was the first time player have been allowed to practice on the court before Wimbledon

It was the first time player have been allowed to practice on the court before Wimbledon

The grass courts at SW19 are luscious and green over the opening days of play before eventually being worn down and can therefore prove more challenging during the early rounds. 

Players appeared to struggle on the surface particularly last year with star Serena Williams falling victim to Centre Court. 

The seven-time champion was forced to retire after she lost her footing twice during her match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the first round on the main show court last year. 

Serena Williams fell victim to the slippery surface on Centre Court in the first round last year

Serena Williams fell victim to the slippery surface on Centre Court in the first round last year

The seven-time champion was forced to retire after she lost her footing twice on Centre Court

The seven-time champion was forced to retire after she lost her footing twice on Centre Court

Williams was the second player in as many matches to retire injured following a tumble on the court. 

Adrian Mannarino had

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