What to expect from Wimbledon – and how to get tickets
This year’s Wimbledon Championships (2-15 Jul) are likely to demonstrate that age and experience mean everything, with domination from players who’ve been pounding the courts for two decades. As the most British of all sporting events returns, scroll on to find out who’s likely to win and how to get in.
In the women’s game, Serena Williams (aged 36) has been given a high-seed status, despite her giving birth to a daughter just 10 months ago and being absent from the game for around a year. The US star aims to win her eighth Wimbledon trophy since her first victory here in 2002.
Sweden’s Roger Federer, also 36, is currently the oldest-ever World No.1 and has won eight Wimbledon titles since 2003. Like Williams, he shows no signs of hanging up his racket.
Despite a series of serious injuries over the past few years, 32-year-old Spaniard Rafael Nadal has zipped back up the rankings and been hovering between No.1 and No.2 in recent months.
But who is the greatest-ever Wimbledonian? That honour belongs to Martina Navratilova: the American was crowned Ladies’ Singles Champion nine times between 1978 and 1990 (above in 1985). Federer and Helen Wills Moody are next, both claiming the singles title eight times each.
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.
Find out more about visiting the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum here.
All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Rd, SW19 5AE. T: 020-8946 6131. www.wimbledon.com
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