Tenacity for Wimbledon
Money is not an issue for you?
If you don’t mind spending a few times more than a normal ticket price for a whole day of tennis at Wimbledon, then you should check out Get Me In, a subsidiary of official ticket suppliers which offers Debenture seats on Centre Court from £660 upwards. Take into account that tickets for the most popular days (Semifinals and Finals) go up to a couple of thousand pounds.
And finally, the last option to get tickets for Wimbledon is the Ballot. Once the tournament is over, turn your mind to the ballot application for tickets next year, which opens in August and closes in mid-December (UK applicants only).
When is the best day for you to go?
Arguably the best day to go is the Finals, however the chances of getting a ticket for the Centre Court on the day are equal to none, but you could still enjoy watching the game on the big screen on Henman Hill.
The real joy of Wimbledon however is that in the early stages of the tournament you can see sensational matches on the outer courts, with players just feet away from yourself.
Strawberries and Cream
The strawberries at Wimbledon are a summer ritual enjoyed since Victorian times. To ensure “utmost freshness,” the club says, strawberries are picked the day before being served and arrive at Wimbledon about 5.30am before they are inspected and hulled.
Even though it is summertime, the weather in Britain is always unpredictable. Especially if you are queuing or have tickets for any of the courts apart from Central Court (which is covered in case of rain), do bring an umbrella.
Also take a hat for sun, not fashion, but purposes, as the sun sometimes proves it is not just a newspaper in Britain.
Footwear-wise, you can’t go wrong with a summery espadrille. Technically you don’t need to worry about heel height, as you’ll be sitting down for most of the day, but a lower wedge or block heel will provide the best support as you climb up or down the grandstand to reach your seat.
What makes Wimbledon special:
Famous for its Royal patronage.
Strict dress code: competitors must dress “almost entirely in white” even those who are not following the dress code can be forced to change by the referee under threat of disqualification. But where did this come from..? This rule origins from the 1800s. Back then tennis was a genteel sport played primarily at social gatherings – especially by ladies. The sight of sweaty patches on colored clothing was considered to be inappropriate, so the practice of wearing predominantly white clothes – tennis whites – was adopted to avoid embarrassment.
Notable for the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts.
Describe Wimbledon in one word?
You can acquire tickets in several ways, without a doubt, the most unusual one is of course the huge queue.
You need to join the queue and wait for hours in order to get Ground Admission for the day, however only a few manage to get tickets for the show courts. You must be asking how do you get those tickets? Well you better get ready to camp overnight!
Yes, roll up with your tent to Wimbledon Park, Church Road side, the night or even the day before the day you want to attend. Upon arrival you will receive a non-transferable numbered and dated Queue Card. In the morning on the day of the action, you that camped overnight are required to store your camping equipment before lining up for the ticket turnstile.
Beware each day there are only around 500 tickets for Centre Court and Courts 1 and 2, so better make those camping plans fast.
If queuing overnight is not an option for you, there is a possibility to join the queue early morning, long before 9.30 am. Joining the queue in the morning means smaller chances for getting tickets for the show courts, however the chances for getting a ground admission are still quite high.
Also limited amount of reserved tickets go on sale at 9.00 am on the morning before the specific day of tennis, on Ticketmaster for the same reasonable prices, however they are extremely hard to get as they sell out in a blink of an eye.
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