Question: How can I get Wimbledon tickets?
I'll be in England at the end of June and I'm a great tennis fan. Will I be able to get tickets to see the lawn tennis championships at Wimbledon?
If you are not a member of the Lawn Tennis Association and its affiliated organisations and clubs, tickets to Wimbledon are made available through a draw following a public ballot or by "queueing" - that is, standing in line - on the day.
Since 1924, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has sold the majority of tickets for Centre and Courts 1 and 2 in advance. Applications for the ballot for the following June and July are obtained from the club in August and must be postmarked by no later than mid December. There is a separate wheelchair ballot for Show Court spaces suitable for wheelchairs.
The ballot is always oversubscribed. Entry does not entitle applicants to tickets but to a place in a draw. Successful applicants are chosen at random by a computer and must accept the day and court assigned to them in the draw.
To enter the Public BallotRequest an application form (between August 1 and December 15 every year) from The Ticket Office, AELTC, P.O. Box 98, London SW19 5AE. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped 4 1/4" by 8 5/8" or DL size envelope. Overseas visitors should enclose International Postal Reply Coupons, if possible. Only one application per household is permitted.
Queue to buy tickets on the dayIf you missed the ballot for this year or you were not successful in the draw, don't despair. Anyone willing to get up early and stand in line, rain or shine, can buy tickets on the day of the matches. The atmosphere in the queue is friendly and many overseas visitors enjoy the opportunity to meeting and talking tennis with other fans while waiting to get into the grounds.
Every day, except the last four days, 500 tickets for each of the Center and No.1 and No.2 courts are reserved for sale to the public at the turnstiles. They cost between £27 to £72 depending on the day and the court.
Another 6,000 Grounds Admission tickets are sold every day. The Grounds Admission ticket is good for the No. 2 court standing enclosure as well as unreserved seating and standing on Courts 3 to 19. Tickets cost between £5 and £18, depending on the time and day.