The Championships at Wimbledon is the longest-running tennis tournament in the world. Many people consider it to be the best and most prestigious as well. The tournament has been held, every year, since 1877. It takes place at the All England Club in Wimbledon on the outdoor courts.
The tournament begins two weeks after the Queen’s Club Championships. This means it starts on the last Monday in June or the first Monday in July. It runs for 14 days, but with a rest day on the middle Sunday. There is a range of competitions to see, including, Men’s, Women's, Doubles and Junior competitions.
Tickets for the Centre Court are mostly obtained by entering the ballot held by the All England Lawn Tennis Club. The ballot is held at the beginning of each year. Far more people enter than there are tickets for. Your chances of getting a ticket are around one in four. Tickets are distributed out randomly.
If you want to get tickets on the day, you will most likely have to queue up overnight or early in the morning. It is part of the experience of attending Wimbledon.
Getting to the All England Lawn Tennis Club is fairly straightforward. The closest tube station is Wimbledon. From there you can walk or take the bus. If you are travelling directly from the Darlington Hotel, the best route is going from Paddington on the District Line. It takes around 45 minutes to an hour.
Visiting Outside Of The Tournament
Wimbledon is an iconic tournament, and if you can, you should go. However, not everyone is able to make it to the tournament or is in London at the right time of year. But, this doesn’t mean you have to miss out completely. There is a tennis museum at the club. It is hugely popular, so make sure you book in advance.
You can book as much as three months before your visit. The museum has exhibits that celebrate the history of the tournament from its roots up to modern day.
There is even a display of clothing worn by players in the tournament. So even if you can’t see the championship, you can still get a feel for the day.