LONDON, England - The All-England Club confirmed on Thursday that, following extensive consultation across the tennis and wider sporting world, The Championships' dates will be moved back by one week with effect from 2015.
The change of dates will benefit the sport by creating a three week gap between the French Open and Wimbledon, a move that will allow a longer grass court season in the build-up to The Championships, and additional time to recover from the demands of playing Roland Garros and to prepare for Wimbledon.
Announcing the decision, Philip Brook, Chairman of the All-England Club, said: "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. 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.
"In making this change from 2015 we recognize there will be consequences for the overall tennis calendar and enough time needs to be given to allow us all to plan accordingly. In anticipation of the work required, I would like to thank our colleagues throughout the game for their enthusiasm and support for the vision of a tennis calendar that better suits the needs of the modern day sport."
Wimbledon 2015 will run from Monday, June 29 to Sunday, July 12.
WTA statement on Wimbledon date change: "The WTA supports the All-England Club's decision to move The Championships date back by one week from 2015. We believe that long term this move is in the interest of our fans, our players and the sport as a whole. At the same time, we do recognize the significant impact that the move will have on the tennis calendar, and we are committed to working with our tournament and player members, and fellow governing bodies, to ensure we are all prepared for the calendar shift in 2015."