Wimbledon 2024 dates changed? Here’s all we know so far

The runaway 'Premium Tour' could force the All-England Club to reschedule the 2024 Wimbledon Championships.


Wimbledon 2024 dates changed? Here’s all we know so far

Singles trophies of the Wimbledon Championships (Image source - Wimbledon)

The Wimbledon Championship is one of the biggest events every season. The Grand Slam tournament not only gets tennis fans excited, but fans of other sports also tune in for the fortnight. 

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Considered the oldest tennis tournament, it is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world. With the English Royal Family making frequent appearances during the fortnight, it is a grand affair in every manner.

Apart from celebrities, the tournament is also used by the All-England Club to honor special members of British society. But if speculations are to be assumed to be true, there could be a massive change at the tournament. For the 2024 season at least. 

Former World No. 1 Billie Jean King who is also a 20-time Wimbledon winner (6 in singles, 10 in doubles, 4 in mixed doubles) has spearheaded a runaway tennis tour. Currently called the ‘Premium Tour‘, it is aimed at providing equal prize money for men and women players.

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The Premium Tour is expected to coincide with the regular action brought by the ATP and WTA Tours. Due to this, Wimbledon is expected to take a hit. As reported by The Telegraph, the All-England Club is considering rescheduling the Grass Court Grand Slam, commencing it a week early. 

The initial plan has the championships scheduled between July 1 and July 14. But if The Telegraph is found to be true, the major could commence on June 24 itself. 

Players potentially have only 2 weeks between the French Open and Wimbledon

Following the conclusion of the 2024 Australian Open, the dates for the 2024 French Open were released. The Grand Slam in Paris will be held from May 20 to June 9.

Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz
Novak Djokovic with his 2023 French Open trophy and Carlos Alcaraz with his 2023 Wimbledon trophy

The Grass season usually commences following the end of the first week of Roland Garros but those are usually the 250 events.

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Neither the WTAs nor ATP have a 1000-event on grass. The 500 events are the highest level of competition on grass. Assuming the reports from the Telegraph are correct, the players could be in a dilemma. The ones making the second week of the French Open will have only two weeks to prepare for the championships.

Players are always complaining about the little time between the two Grand Slams. With the surfaces changing completely, it adds to the challenge of winning the ‘Channel Slam’. The official communication, however, is yet to be made by the All-England Club over the tournament’s schedule for 2024.

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