I am not that much of a tennis buff, but I must admit I do enjoy watching Wimbledon and, on a number of occasions I have waited in the que to purchase a ticket and been rewarded with some fabulous tennis.
What is Wimbledon?
Every tennis fan knows what Wimbledon is, but for those non-tennis people, The Wimbledon Championships is the world’s oldest tennis tournament and has been held every summer at the All England Lawn Tennis Club since 1877. It attracts the world’s best players every year to fight it out for the coveted trophy.
Why is Wimbledon so special?
There are four grand slam tennis tournaments a year, The Australian Open, The French Open, The US Open and of course, Wimbledon. It is the only one of the four Grand Slam tournaments that is played on grass. But what makes Wimbledon special has a lot to do with the atmosphere of the tournament. Yes, Wimbledon is more than just tennis. People don’t just come to watch tennis, they come to experience the tournament which includes a visit to the tennis museum to learn the history of the game plus enjoy what the tournament has to offer like eating ‘strawberries and cream’ and drinking Pims and Lemonade’ on the lawn. Wimbledon is a fabulous social occasion for many and if you are in London, one not to be missed.
Where is Wimbledon?
The Wimbledon Championships are played at The All England Lawn Tennis Club which is in the suburb of Wimbledon. Wimbledon is a suburb of London and has the post code SW19.
How do I get there?
First off, you need to be in London. If you aren’t then you will need to organise your airfare. I recommend booking your airfare through Skyscanner which can provide a comparison of great air fare deals.
If you are in London, then you can get to Wimbledon on The Tube (London Underground), by bus and British Rail. You could also drive there but during the championship traffic is a nightmare and parking will be like looking for a needle in a haystack.
How do I get a ticket?
A large portion of tickets for Wimbledon are sold by ballot in advance, but don’t despair, Wimbledon is one of a few major sporting events where tickets are available to buy on the day of play.
Grounds passes and show court tickets can be bought in person from the Gate 3 turnstiles, but they’re heavily oversubscribed so getting hold of them requires advance planning. Some people camp out overnight to secure a ticket to see their heroes play.
Others, like myself, lined up for the release of daily tickets after 5pm. Those who are leaving for the day hand in their tickets and these are the ones they sell again. As it will be British Summer Time and it is late until around 9pm you will still see some tennis at this time.
If you don’t get a ticket don’t worry, simply join the crowds on Henman Hill (or Aorangi Terrace, as it is officially known) to watch the matches on big screens. For those not familiar with Henman Hill, this nick name is after Tim Henman who was the British Number in the 1990s, it is sometimes called ‘Murrays Mound’ after Andy Murray who won Wimbledon last year.
What are the dates for 2017?
In 2017 the tournament will take place from the 3rd of July until the 16th of July. Two long weeks of tennis and a time to experience a great event.
For more details on Wimbledon visit the official website at www.wimbledon.com. For other social events in London for your calendar check out our page London social events.