A highlight on the British Summer Social Season calendar, Wimbledon is one of the top tennis tournaments in the world. Spectators include International celebrities and members of the Royal Family.
What to expect at Wimbledon
The Wimbledon Tennis Championships are known as Wimbledon fortnight and have traditionally been played in the last week of June and the first week of July. However, this year the tournament falls in July only. It features world class tennis and is arguably the most famous tournament in the world. The Grounds open at 10.30am and close at 11pm. Play is scheduled to start on Centre Court at 1pm for the first 11 days and 2pm for weekend of the Finals. Demand for Wimbledon tickets always exceeds supply; therefore the AELTC operates a public ballot for the sale of a number of Centre, No.1, No.2 and No.3 Court tickets. Tickets are also sold through the Lawn Tennis Association to those with British Tennis Membership, schools and foreign tennis associations.
The world’s most famous tennis players are on the court including British star Andy Murray. Meanwhile, the Royal Box is packed with royalty and celebrities. This is one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite occasions. Anna Wintour and David Beckham are among regulars.
Event hotspots and hospitality
You can enjoy lunch at the Gatsby Club with tickets for the finals. A good place to stand is under the Members’ Balcony when the winner parades the trophy. You can entertain in one of the private marquees located in the exclusive marquee village in the grounds of the All England Club. Marquees accommodate a minimum of 34 people and the hospitality package includes 24 Centre and 10 No.1 Court tickets, a three-course buffet lunch and afternoon tea, plus programmes and parking.
Did you know
You can play tennis at Wimbledon. At the LTA’s Play Tennis Zone near Court 12 you can take part in activities including interactive tennis games and competitions to win prizes.
A final total of approximately 250 Ball Boys and Girls (BBGs) from around 700 applicants work at The Championships, Wimbledon. The average age is 15 years.
Strawberries and Cream are a Wimbledon tradition. The price for a portion of a minimum of 10 strawberries and cream at Wimbledon has remained at £2.50 per serving for seven years, since 2010. 28,000kg are consumed during the tournament with over 10,000 litres of fresh cream. Usually the Grade 1 English strawberries of the highest quality come from Kent.
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Dress smartly with suits/jacket and tie for hospitality. Ladies are asked not to wear hats, as they tend to obscure the vision of those seated behind them. Summer dresses can be worn with wedge heels for ladies. More casual attire is often seen in the general admission areas.
Directions to Wimbledon
Church Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 5AE, UK
Public transport is strongly advised. Trains, tubes and buses all go to Wimbledon and parking is available at the Gatsby Club. View Location.