The organizers of the tennis classic at Wimbledon are breaking with a 144-year-old tradition.
Since 1877, when the tournament was first held, the Sunday at the end of the first week of the tournament, the so-called “middle Sunday”, was always firmly anchored as a rest day. Only four times there were matches played due to previous rain interruption. This was in 1991, 1997, 2004 and 2016.
Starting next year, this tradition will come to an end, as was announced by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) at a press conference this week. With this revolution, starting in 2022, all four Grand Slam tournaments will be played on a Sunday. According to Ian Hewitt, the AELTC Chairman, developments in the maintenance of grass courts make it possible to play 14 days without a break.