There has been calls for the dates of Wimbledon to be adjusted for a while now. Therefore, this decision does not come as a massive surprise. It is also likely to be welcomed by the players, and when the 2015 event gets underway, it will run from June 29 to July 12.
The need for the extra little break is clear due to how quickly Wimbledon follows on from the end of the French Open, a break that currently stands at just two weeks. This is great for fans of the sport, but it does not offer the players much time to prepare, especially those that choose to prepare outside of the United Kingdom.
It is clear that there is a considerably bigger break between the other Grand Slam events. The 2012 Australian Open was finished before the end of January 2012, the 2012 French Open didn't begin until towards the end of May, and the 2012 US Open will not begin until the end of August 2012.
Therefore, the gap between the French Open and Wimbledon is by far the shortest between Grand Slam events. However, the issue is not purely restricted to having one major tournament closely followed by another.
But it's also the fact that adjusting from clay to grass can be very difficult, it is considered by many the most difficult change in the tennis calendar. There have been relatively few players that have managed to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year.
We, perhaps, saw some evidence of this problem during Wimbledon 2012. Rafael Nadal was in superb form to win the 2012 French Open title, but he was unable to transfer that form to the grass courts of Wimbledon. It was a massive shock to see him eliminated in the second round of the event.
Those pressures seem to have had a longer-term impact with the news that injury has forced Nadal to withdraw from the London 2012 Olympics. It is impossible to know if an extra week's break would have made any difference. But it is difficult to see how it can be negative in the future.
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