Wimbledon, England (Sports Network) - The All England Club has made a change
in the start date for Wimbledon in 2015.
Instead of two weeks after the conclusion of the French Open, the third Grand
Slam of the year will begin a week later to create a three-week gap between
"The best interests of tennis will be served by allowing the players more time
to recuperate and to adjust from the clay of Roland Garros to the grass at
Wimbledon," said All England Club chairman Philip Brook in a statement
Thursday. "All our research indicates that there is widespread support within
the game for extending the gap between the French Open and Wimbledon and,
importantly, we think most players will welcome the prospect of a longer grass
court season and spending more time on the softer surface of grass."
Wimbledon 2015 will run from Monday, June 29 through Sunday, July 12.
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