Grundfos Supplies Pumps for Wimbledon
Wimbledon’s 41 courts rely on Grundfos pumps to stay well-irrigated. Grundfos is the world's largest pump manufacturer, with annual production of more than 12 million pump units, circulator pumps, submersible pumps, and centrifugal pumps.
Gran Cantin has been taking care of the courts since 2002. Today, he is the deputy head groundskeeper and is responsible for all of the playing surfaces at Wimbledon. He is challenged with keeping the grass green, dense, and correctly irrigated all year long with the goal of making sure that all the courts look and feel the same.
“Water is everything. Without it, the courts would wither. It’s as simple as that. However, it’s not just about watering them. To achieve the absolute perfect playing surface, the courts have to be watered the exact right amount, depending on each court, actually. Grass courts are alive, and this means they will have different needs depending on their surroundings, which includes the amount of watering required,” says Grant Cantin.
To keep the courts looking their best, Wimbledon is armed with an arsenal of Grundfos pumps that were chosen for their high-quality performance and quiet operation. However, the secluded life of the pumps belies their importance. During the Championships, around 160,000 liters of water are used to keep the courts in tip-top shape.
“They have to work flawlessly. A breakdown can have serious consequences for us. Depending on the weather, going without water can affect the grass within a short time. Luckily, we’ve got great equipment from Grundfos,” says Grant Cantin. “Not having to worry about the systems gives me time to focus on presenting pristine courts to players and spectators because I know that I’ll have the water I need, when and where I need it.”
Grundfos does more than supply pumps for Wimbledon’s irrigation systems. The pump manufacturer has supplied all the pumps and related solutions for the lawn tennis venue.
“Some of the strengths of our products are their high quality and long lives. They will simply keep on going, and we know our customers appreciate that,” says Peter Reynolds, General Manager of Grundfos’ UK sales company.