Wimbledon is the most prestigious sporting event. The traditions in a nutshell are; the players must be dressed in white, play on grass courts which are free from advertising, whilst royals and celebrities watch on. Everything about the tournament screams class and grandeur. What more could we expect from the land of Kings and Queens?
The cool thing about Wimbledon is that you can get up close to the action at the smaller courts. Some say the queue to receive a ticket is a highlight of this sporting event. The Brits sure do love a good queue! Try to go on a weekday as the locals will be joining in the queue on the weekend.
Each year a ballot is held to allocate tickets to the coveted Grand Slam tennis event of Wimbledon. Fear not as anyone can still get a ticket without going through the ballot system. To secure a ticket on the day, you will need to line up at Wimbledon Park, in the early morning.
A ground admission ticket will cost £25 for the first week. This ticket lets you go to any match outside of the centre court and courts 1,2 and 3. Therefore you can attend 15 out of 19 courts! It is excellent value for a whole day's worth of tennis. The ground admission ticket becomes cheaper as the tournament gets deeper, because there are less games to watch. Once inside the grounds you can queue up to purchase returned show court or centre court tickets.
London is very well connected with the Underground Train system. For this reason it is not vital for you to stay in the Wimbledon area. In actual fact it is better to not stay in Wimbledon. This is because it is quite far from the tourist sights of Big Ben, Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. Another reason is that the trains on the District line do not come frequently in comparison with the other lines. Booking accommodation in walking distance of a Underground station will be helpful.
The best way to get to Wimbledon is using the London Underground train. The closest stop to the tennis courts is Southfields which is on the green District Line. Stand at the platform with the train going south towards the Wimbledon direction.
Closest International Airport: Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Gatwick Airport (LGW) both service London.
Senor Ben's Tips
1) Head down to Wimbledon Park as early as possible because enthusiasts camp overnight. My friends and I caught the first tube to arrive at 6am.
2) This is a tip I wished I knew about. Bring a small mat to sit on as you wait in the Wimbledon Park queue.
3) This is an event you don't want to go by yourself. By going with a friend(s) you can easily pass time by chatting with each other whilst queuing for the ticket.
4) Get in on the Wimbledon tradition of eating strawberries and cream.