The Wimbledon stars have been urged to be ‘judicious’ when it comes to maxing out their daily food allowance so supplies don’t run out.
Competitors receive a daily allowance of £90 to spend on food and drink at dedicated restaurants across SW19. Coaches receive about half that amount, with funds available on accreditation tags that can be scanned at checkout.
Players can access six different outlets – two restaurants, two sandwich shops and two cafes – so they don’t have to worry about bringing their own meals to Wimbledon.
But some people reportedly treated the allocation as more of a goal and tried to max it out each day, raising concerns about supplies.
A trainer reportedly walked away with 27 probiotic yogurt drinks to use up his daily allowance.
This led to the All England club emailing all players about the issue. Legendary stars such as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are taking part in this year’s tournament.
The email is believed to have called on players to be more “judicious” in their use of the allowance. It is understood that this is to stop potential food shortages rather than cut costs, as money for meals has already been budgeted.
Wimbledon contestants tend to frequent the Players’ Lounge where offerings include a salad bar and fresh pasta dishes.
Gary Parsons, the chief executive, said in 2017: “Players will come and their coaches will guide them on what they need to rely on. That’s why we have basic salads, so coaches might say “you need lots of spinach, cucumbers, radishes” so they’ll build their own dishes.
The Australian Open experimented with offering unlimited food to players, but this was scrapped after the program was exploited.