The grueling year-round schedule of professional tennis players is punctuated by four Grand Slam tournaments: the Australian Open in January, the French Open in May/June, Wimbledon in June/July, and the U.S. Open in August/September. Grand Slam organizers made news by announcing that starting in 2015, Wimbledon will move back one week, extending the break between the French Open and Wimbledon to three weeks.
This is exciting news for both players and fans, because the schedule change should improve the quality of tournament play. Unlike other professional sports, tennis does not have a traditional off-season. So it is critical for tennis players to rest and train in the intervals between tournaments. The decision to lengthen the break between the French Open and Wimbledon should enhance the players’ performance at one of the more prestigious tournaments of the year.
The extended break will give athletes more time to prepare for Wimbledon’s grass courts, adjust to the surface change and reduce their risk of injury. In addition, the schedule change will give fans an extra week to plan, prepare and build their excitement for the event.