Wimbledon to start a week later


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Wimbledon organisers have announced plans to push back the start date for the Grand Slam tennis event.

From 2015. the tournament will start one week later in order, organisers say, to lengthen the grass-court season and give players more time to recover from the French Open.

The All England Club said the change will "benefit the sport as a whole by creating a three-week gap between the French Open and Wimbledon." In 2015, the tournament will run from 29 June 29 to 12 July.

Several players at this year's event showed support for the change.