All you need to know about Wimbledon 2017
Wimbledon remains one of the most in-demand sporting events in the world, with British tennis fans making their way to SW19 in their droves in the hope of simply making into the grounds. It has kicked off to a flying start with the reigning Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray opening on Centre Court and winning straight sets against Alexander Bublik.
Over half a million spectators will pass through the gates of the All England Club across the 13 days of play, where an outstanding 320,000 glasses of Pimm’s are sold, along with the 140,000 servings of strawberries and 10,000 litres of cream that is consumed over the course of the event.
Over the 13 day tournament, 647 matches will be played and two champions will be named- walking away with record prize winnings of £2.2m; double the amount that winners used to take home only 6 years ago.
If you were not fortunate in the ballot earlier this year, there are still a number of ways for you to get into the All England club. Here are a couple of ways that you can still get your hands on them:
- Several hundred Centre Court and No.3 Court tickets are sold online on the day before each match via Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.co.uk
- Details will be communicated initially to those people who have registered for regular Wimbledon e-mail newsletters, which will inform you when tickets go on sale. Click here to register
- Or The Queue – see more information below
Wimbledon remains one of the few major UK sporting events for which you can still buy tickets on the day of play. That means, unless you've already bagged one in the ballot, you're going to have to join the famous queue.
A limited number of Centre Court, No 1 Court and No 2 Court tickets are made available each day (except for the last four days on Centre Court) which means queuing fans have a chance to enjoy a day at The Championships (except for the last four days on Centre Court, when all are sold in advance).
Several thousand ground passes, allowing fans access to unreserved seating and standing room on courts three to 18, are available each day at the turnstiles. However, this is cash only so make sure you have some on the day.
Already got tickets?
The grounds open at 10.30am each day, but aim to get there at least half an hour before if you are looking to get on an outside court or a prime spot on 'Henman Hill'. Play starts on the outside courts at 11.30am and Centre and No 1 Court at 1pm.
How much do tickets cost?
Tickets range from £25 for general admission only to £190 for a Centre Court seat on the final day (Sunday 16 July 2017).
Click here for the full breakdown of costs.
How do I get there?
The best way to travel to SW19 is on London Underground. Take a District Line train to Southfields and then take a bus or walk 15 minutes to the grounds. Alternatively, take an Overground train to Wimbledon and jump on one of the shuttle buses.