Why is Wimbledon starting later than usual?

Revered as an eminent event among distinguished tennis tournaments globally, Wimbledon holds a unique position bestowed by its long-standing reputation as the oldest championship in this sport.

Why is Wimbledon starting later than usual

Drawing attention with its verdant courts resonant with tradition and hosting remarkable talent from around the world annually; millions of ardent admirers are left spellbound by this spectacle every year.

Nonetheless intriguingly enough though; have you ever wondered why Wimbledon initiates at different times throughout history? This piece aims to unravel intricacies revolving around this waylay by scrutinizing causations concerning these variations alongside contextualizing them historically while also contemplating implications faced by both players and spectators alike.

The world's top tennis players will be in London starting on Monday for a week of thrilling competition at Wimbledon.

Among those appearing at SW19 is Venus Williams. She entered the competition for the first time in 1997 and is now 43 years old and aiming for her sixth women's singles victory.

Williams has witnessed the construction of Centre Court's roof, the introduction of technology to facilitate line calls, and the addition of a tie-break to the final set if the score of the match reaches 12-12.

The day Wimbledon is played is one of the biggest changes, though.

Traditionally, the competition would start on the final Monday in June, two weeks after Roland Garros' French Open. This is played on clay, which has a significantly different bounce characteristic than grass.

But on Monday, July 3, three weeks after the French Open, Wimbledon 2023 gets underway. The competition follows grass-court competitions at the Queen's Club in London and Halle in Germany by a week.

Why does Wimbledon begin later than usual this year?

Wimbledon organisers in 2012 decided to start the tournament a week later from 2015. The grass-court season was extended in order to allow athletes more time to recover following the French Open.

In 2012, Philip Brook--the esteemed chairman of the All England Club--highlighted that "a wide majority within the sport's advocates for widening the interval." Elaborating on his viewpoint, he underscored that affording players an extended period for recuperation and acclimatization between Roland Garros' clay court and Wimbledon's grass would unquestionably serve tennis' greater good."

"We believe that most players will welcome the prospect of a longer grass-court season and more time on the softer grass surface."

"It would work in favour of players because it would give the top ones a little bit more time to get used to the surface," remarked defending men's singles champion Novak Djokovic at the time.

"We're starting with the slowest surface, clay, and working our way up to the fastest, which takes time."

Djokovic, who has since won six Wimbledon titles and seven in total, will play Argentina's Pedro Cachin on Centre Court at 1.30 pm on Monday.

Following the men's match, Williams will open her women's singles campaign against fellow wildcard Elina Svitolina.


Wimbledon's delayed start has evolved over time, blending tradition, player considerations, weather contingencies, and commercial factors.

By strategically positioning the start date in late June, the tournament capitalizes on favourable weather conditions and facilitates a seamless transition for players from the French Open.

As a result, Wimbledon continues to captivate tennis enthusiasts worldwide with its rich heritage, immaculate grass courts, and unforgettable matches.

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