It’s the season for tennis at Wimbledon and this much-awaited event has been canceled. So tennis fans are looking towards 2021, when they hope that life will be back to normal.
Under normal circumstances, everyone wants tickets to the Wimbledon tennis tournaments. To increase your chances of getting the much sought after court tickets for 2021, it’s best to camp out early the day they go on sale.
Almost 7,000 tennis fans made #TheQueue for the opening day of Wimbledon last year. So this post is about how to buy tickets for Wimbledon tennis matches and why you need to get to #TheQueue early to ensure a place at the front to buy tickets.
HOW TO BUY TICKETS FOR WIMBLEDON TENNIS MATCHES
To ensure Wimbledon tennis fans get the best from #TheQueue experience this year, premium mattress brand Tempur has put together the following tips for tennis fans planning to head down to Wimbledon Park to camp:
CHOOSE THE RIGHT TUBE STATION
The Queue entrance is a five minute walk down Wimbledon Park Road from Southfields tube station. So don’t go to Wimbledon or Wimbledon Park if you want to avoid a longer journey laden with camping gear. You can view the Wimbledon Queue map here.
GET THERE EARLY
Early bird tennis fans will arrive up to 40 hours before the first Wimbledon tennis matches. For Centre Court or Court 1 you need to ideally be among the first 1000 people lining up to guarantee your ticket. Last year there were 400 people already queuing by 8 AM on the Sunday.
WAIT FOR YOUR QUEUE CARD AND KEEP IT SAFE
You may have to wait some time in the queue before you receive the queue card. However, don’t be tempted to leave until you have your queue card safely stashed away. The queue card is the only thing that registers your place in the line and entitles you to get your tennis tournament tickets.
Once you have been issued a queue card, it’ll allow you to pop away from the camp to stretch your legs, buy food, get a pint at the pub, or visit fellow queuers.
BRING THE RIGHT TENT SIZE
Whilst #TheQueue is a great experience to be a part of, it’s not a party. So don’t bring a family sized tent or you won’t be able to pitch it. Tent size for the Wimbledon Queue is restricted to tents for two persons only.
PREPARE FOR ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS
It’s July so technically it’s summer. But it is England. So pack sun protection, sunglasses and shorts. And also bring waterproof coats, fleeces, socks and blankets to make sure you get through the chilly night comfortably.
OTHER PACKING ESSENTIALS
Bring a torch for night time toilet visits, a small bag of toiletries and hand towels, a compact picnic blanket, a pack of cards, and wireless phone charger. Cans of gin and tonic, Pimms or Prosecco are also recommended. But remember: this is Wimbledon and it’s civilised so don’t overdo it. Drunk and disorderly behaviour is not tolerated and you’re only allowed one bottle of wine or two 500 ml cans per person once you get into the grounds.
MEALS IN #THEQUEUE
Once you have your queue card, you can mosey off to get food, but temporary absences from your place in The Queue are restricted to 30 minutes, so it’s advisable to bring a picnic. You can also order a delivery while you’re in line, but make sure it arrives at the at the Wimbledon Park Road gate by 10 PM. And don’t forget to pack supplies for breakfast.
BANNED ITEMS IN WIMBLEDON
Leave the selfie sticks, t-shirts brandishing political slogans, flasks and big camera lenses behind. You can find a full list of prohibited items at Wimbledon here.
PREPARE FOR AN EARLY START
Get an early night as stewards will be ushering you to bed around 10 PM. Make sure you have all you need to get a good night’s rest. Bring ear plugs, travel pillow, and warm beddings, and prepare for an early start. Many people in line will be packing up their tents from as early as 5 AM. And if the noise around you doesn’t wake you up, you’ll be woken by the stewards at around 6 AM.
Good luck to everyone buying tickets for the tennis tournaments. Read more articles on sporting matches in England in Travelife Magazine.