Guide to the AELTC Wimbledon Championships 2019
As the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon throws open its doors for the Wimbledon Championships 2019 (1-14 July), find out which tennis players look set to triumph. Want to get in but don’t have tickets yet? Discover how to do it here.
It seems that our own former champion, Andy Murray, has played his last major tournament, after being forced to retire from the game due to injury. His older brother Jamie, however, will be gunning for glory in the men’s and mixed doubles.
A huge favourite in SW19, Roger Federer has amassed his own set of fans, known as ‘Fed Heads’, who will no doubt be fluttering their Swiss flags with pride as the star looks to win an astounding ninth Wimbledon title, already winning his 100th overall title earlier this year. At almost 38 years old, he shows no signs of fading.
The women’s game is more open, with some pundits predicting a comeback for Petra Kvitová, who was hurt in a knife attack in 2016. And don’t write off Serena Williams, who is looking for her eighth singles Wimbledon title, in her 22nd consecutive Championships.
Or perhaps it’s time for the next generation to make their mark. Watch out for 20-year-old Greek Stefano Tsitsipas, who knocked out Federer in January’s Australian Open. Or maybe Naomi Osaka, 21, will repeat her success of beating Serena Williams in the US Open final last year.
Following the success of the retractable roof on Centre Court, there is also now a roof on Court No.1. With London’s unpredictable weather, there’s now little chance of disruption for every major match.
Watching a match at Wimbledon isn’t as tricky as you might think. During the tournament, tickets are set aside every day for the No.1, No.2 and Centre Courts (except for the final four days on Centre Court). Thousands of Grounds Passes are available, which allow access to unreserved seats on Courts 3-18 and to the outdoor screen on ‘Henman Hill’ (pictured below).
The earlier you arrive before the grounds open at 10.30am, the more likely it is that you will get a ticket. Wimbledon advises you to get there at least two hours before, but many people arrive much earlier. One ticket only is offered to each person as they reach the front. Only one bag per person is allowed and hard-sided items, including boxes and flasks, are banned.
If you have a Grounds Pass but want to visit Centre Court the Ticket Resale Booth inside. Open from 3pm, the booth collects tickets from spectators who have already left Centre Court; you can queue to buy one for £15.
Did you know you can tour Wimbledon and visit the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum? The museum is open every day 10am-5.30pm, but there are certain closures that you need to be aware of during tennis season:
17-29 Jun and 1-14 & 17-19 Jul: No tours
30 Jun and 15-16 Jul: Museum closed
Wimbledon Championships, 1-14 Jul
All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Rd, SW19 5AE
020 8946 6131 | www.wimbledon.com
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