Stefan Edberg and Annette Olsen in the Royal Box during the 2013 edition of the Championships
Yesterday in London, in the spring press conference which is held each year two months before the start of the tournament, important details were released about the 2015 edition of the Championships at Wimbledon.
The tournament will be played one week later than usual, due to the introduction of a new week of grasscourt build-up, after the French Open. There will be new facilities for players, courts 14 and 15 will be back in use and the Hawk-Eye technology will be extended to six courts, also covering courts n. 12 and 18. This year's prizemoney will be increased of 7%, bringing the cheque for the men's and women's singles champions to £1,88m (€2,6m - $2,8m).
More importantly for us, the organizers announced the names of the Chairman's Special Guests, past champions at the All England Lawn Tennis Club invited each year for a special anniversary.
This year's "very important players" will be Martina Navratilova (30 and 25 years since winning in 1985 and 1990), Björn Borg (35 years since winning in 1980), Boris Becker (30 years since winning in 1985) and Stefan Edberg (25 years since winning in 1990). (mc)
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