Finally Wimbledon is here! For all tennis fans out there I’m sure this all you’ve been waiting for. If it’s your first time to watch the Wimbledon, here are the tips on how you can get your ticket.
The world’s greatest tennis tournament may be known for elite athletes, celebrity spectators and strawberries and cream, but for many Wimbledon is also about queuing, tents and takeaways. It’s one of the few sporting events that holds premium tickets to be sold on the day of play, and a little knowledge and patience can land you a courtside seat for some of the tournament’s biggest matches.
The Championships have been held since 1877, and tennis’s oldest tournament is steeped in history and tradition. The two-week event, hosted by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, begins this year on Monday July 3. It’s watched by millions around the world, and by up to 38,500 spectators each day. You can become one of the latter by joining a Queue so important it gets its own capital letter, either on the day of play or (for the very best tickets) the day before, or by entering the ballot.
Choosing a day
Every day at the Championships there are thousands of ‘Grounds Admission’ passes available, allowing incredibly close access to all 16 of the non-ticketed ‘outside’ courts. And during each of the first nine days of play, there are also 500 or so of the best courtside seats within the famed Centre Court held for sale (with similar allocations for Court 1 and Court 2). The tickets for these three ‘show’ courts are good for the entire day, which typically means three matches. Unsurprisingly, there is no shortage of interest.