Wimbledon symbolises everything that’s great about Britain - strict tradition and etiquette (don’t even think about applauding a net cord or double fault), unpredictable weather and of course a jolly good game of tennis. A trip to Wimbledon is the perfect summer outing and it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of the day.
SAVING MONEY at Wimbledon
A ground admissions ticket costs just £25 which is a lot cheaper than the show courts (£40-£175). This ticket will give you access to courts 3-19, giving you a choice of matches to watch. If you didn’t manage to get tickets in the ballot, don’t worry you can queue for them on the day (read on for more information on queueing).
The Wimbledon Championships are held at The All England Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon (surprise, surprise). If you’re travelling by train or coach make sure you use your student rail or coach card if you have one. Staying with a friend or relative in London the night before could also save you money. Be aware that there is limited parking so public transport is the easiest - Southfields and Wimbledon are the nearest tube stations.
Buy a newspaper in the queue to find out the order of play, it will be a lot cheaper than a program. Alternatively, look it up online the night before.
At last year's championships fans got through 320,000 glasses of Pimms, 140,000 portions of English strawberries and 10,000 litres of cream! Unfortunately, food and drinks inside The All England Club are expensive so bring your own to save money - maybe treat yourself to an ice cream or cheeky glass of bubbly if you’re feeling sophisticated. You can still have strawberries and cream on a budget!
ON THE DAY
To get tickets on the day you will have to join the Wimbledon queue. The grounds don’t open until 9.30 but It’s definitely worth getting there early, whether this means camping overnight or arriving at least a few hours beforehand. The queuing system is very organised (in Britain, we excel at queuing) and you will be given a queue card stating your position in the line. Despite the early start, there’s a great atmosphere and buzz that will get you excited for the day ahead. Find out more about the Wimbledon queue here.
PREPARE FOR ALL WEATHERS
Bring both sun cream and a waterproof as the weather can be very unpredictable and you don’t want to get burnt or drenched!
BLAG YOUR WAY ONTO A SHOW COURT
Even if you just have a grounds admission ticket it is sometimes possible to charm your way onto a show court. It’s worth trying your luck and asking at different gates whether you can sit in a spare seat until the person returns.
CHECK MATCH TIMES
The order of play will be accessible the night before, take a look and get a rough idea of which matches you want to see.
TRY TO GET AN AUTOGRAPH
It is possible to get some players’ autographs without having front row seats. Autograph sessions are held near the Aorangi Pavilion - find out the times and players that will be there on the day. You'll find the competitor's area and entrance to the practice courts nearby which is another good spot for autographs.
HEAD TO THE PRACTICE COURTS
Fans are able to watch players practicing - it’s a great way to see some of the top players in action.
GO TO MURRAY MOUNT / HENMAN HILL
Have your lunch on Murray Mount, there’s always a great atmosphere - especially when a highly ranked or a British competitor is playing.
For more information about the 2016 Wimbledon Championships go to the Wimbledon website!