Wimbledon considers starting 1 week later
WIMBLEDON, England – Wimbledon is considering a calendar change to begin the tournament three weeks after the French Open instead of two, and players like the idea of more time between the two Grand Slam events.
The proposed switch has appeal because it would give players more opportunity to adjust to grass after the clay season ends with the French Open, All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis said. The earliest the change could take place is 2014.
Players have long lobbied for more time between the French Open and Wimbledon. Top players such as Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer could use an extra week to get used to the faster grass surface, 2002 Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt said Tuesday.