Your guide to the Wimbledon tennis tournament
The rackets are tuned, the turf primed, the Pimm’s on ice: Wimbledon season is here.
Whether you’ve got front row seats or are watching the tournament from home, we’ve got all the information you need.
Monday June 25: Singles, first round – opens on Centre Court
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Tuesday June 26: Singles, first round
Wednesday June 27: Singles, second round; doubles, first round
Thursday June 28: Singles, second round
Friday June 29: Singles, third round
Saturday, June 30: Singles third round; junior events begin
Monday, July 2: Singles, fourth round
Tuesday, July 3: Women’s quarter-finals
Wednesday, July 4: Men’s quarter-finals
Thursday, July 5: Women’s semi-finals
Friday, July 6: Men’s semi-finals
Saturday, July 7: Women’s final; men’s doubles final; mixed doubles final
Sunday, July 8: Men’s final; women’s doubles final
Wimbledon remains one of the few major UK sporting events where you can still buy premium tickets on the day of play. There is one queue for the on-day sale of tickets at the Gate 3 turnstiles.
There are approximately 500 tickets available each day at the turnstiles for Centre Court, No.1 Court, No 2. Court. The last four days on Centre Court, however, are pre-sold.
Several thousand tickets are available each day at the turnstiles for unreserved seating and standing room on Courts No.3-19.
The Queue for the Championships commenced at 8am on Sunday June 24.
At approximately 7.30am each day stewards will issue wristbands to those towards the front of The Queue. The number of wristbands issued exactly matches the quantity of tickets available for each court on that day.
It is also possible to join The Queue for late entry to The Championships, after 5pm.
Tickets are sold strictly on the basis of one per person queuing and payment is by cash only.
Subject to availability, returned Show Court tickets can be purchased daily not before 3pm, from the kiosk north of Court 18 near the top of St Mary’s Walk.
Centre Court tickets are priced at £10, with other Show Court tickets available for £5. All proceeds go to charity.
What to bring (and what to leave at home)
Only one bag per person will be allowed, and it must measure no more than 16" x 12" x 12" (40cm x 30cm x 30cm).
Alcohol may be brought into the Grounds but is limited to the equivalent of one bottle of wine or two 500ml cans of beer per person. The consumption of alcohol is permitted only in public bars and other authorised areas.
Glass drinking vessels may not be used on the Show Courts; all drinks taken onto the Show Courts must be covered to avoid spillage. Hot and/or strong smelling food may not be taken onto the Show Courts.
No hard-sided items such as picnic hampers, coolboxes or briefcases of any size will be allowed into the grounds.
Other prohibited items include large corkscrews and ‘personal protection’ sprays; large flags (over 2’ x 2’), banners, rattles, klaxons or oversized hats.
Any objects or clothing bearing political statements or commercial identification intended for ‘ambush marketing’ will also be banned.
The use of photographic equipment must not inconvenience any other person in the Grounds.
The use of mobile telephones, communication devices, audio-visual equipment or radios must not inconvenience any other person in the Grounds, and they must be switched off in and around the courts in play.
Babes in arms and children under five are not allowed into Show Courts (Centre, No.1, No.2, No.3, 12 & 18).
A HSBC bank is situated to the north of Gate 3, where there are also ATMs.
Lloyds Pharmacy is situated next to the Food Village on the east side of No.1 Court, near Gate 3. There are four First Aid posts: two in Centre Court, one on No.1 Court, and the HQ post adjacent to Gate 7, next to No.2 Court.
Any spectator who may have lost contact with their party should make enquiries at the Information Desk at the south west of Centre Court up to 7pm, and thereafter at Gate 5.
A newsagent is located on the east side of No.1 Court near Gate 3. A postal collection box is outside.
The Wimbledon Shops, underneath Centre Court and No.1 Court, between Gates 3 and 4 and in kiosks around the Grounds, stock all official Wimbledon merchandise and a wide range of gifts and souvenirs.
Public telephones are located in Centre Court North Tunnel; by Gate 13; in the No.1 Court stadium and outside the Grounds near Gate 9 and in Marryat Road.
Eating and drinking
Waitress service luncheon and afternoon tea is served at The Wingfield Restaurant. For luncheon, booking is advised - go to www.fmccatering.co.uk and click on 'Wingfield Reservations' or fax +44 (0)20 8944 2253.
A hot and cold menu including burgers, salads and drinks is available at The Baseline Diner.
Service-assisted lunch and afternoon tea, light refreshments and wine bar is available at Café Pergola.
The Conservatory Buffet offers self-service hot and cold lunches, afternoon tea and light refreshments.
Table service Champagne and seafood, sandwiches and sushi is available at the Champagne Bar.
There are a number of ‘grab and go’ eateries, serving baguettes, Cornish pasties and pizzas. For more information, visit www.wimbledon.com
How to get there
Tube: Take the westbound District Line. The closest tube stations are Southfields (15 minutes) and Wimbledon (20 minutes). At Southfields or Wimbledon Stations, board the connecting London General shuttle bus service direct to The Championships or, alternatively, you can walk or take a taxi.
Train: There is a regular train service from London (Waterloo) to Wimbledon Station. In addition many other long distance trains call at Wimbledon from stations such as Portsmouth, Havant, Winchester, Southampton, Bournemouth, Poole, Basingstoke, Andover, Salisbury and Exeter. At Wimbledon Station board the connecting London General shuttle bus service direct to the grounds. Buses depart about every five minutes.
Tram: Trams run every 10-15 minutes from East Croydon station to Wimbledon station during the day on Monday to Saturday, and once every 30 minutes on Sundays and early mornings/evenings. This service takes around 26 minutes. Visit London Trams for more information.
Buses: London General operates a shuttle bus service direct to The Championships from Wimbledon Station and Southfields Underground station. The service runs all day until late evening. This is not a free service. London General also operates a bus service direct from Marble Arch and Victoria to The Championships, departing every 30 minutes. For enquiries call: 0208 545 6100/6110 or visit www.londongeneral.co.uk
Car: All spectators are strongly advised to use public transport services wherever possible. The AELTC lies between SW19 5AG and SW19 5AF - use either of these postcodes to locate the AELTC via Sat-Nav. Follow the signposted routes appropriate to your car park.
Spectators are advised to telephone AA Roadwatch on 0906 88 84322 before setting of, for the latest reports on traffic hold-ups and roadworks.
Car parks are numbers 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 in the central area.
A Park and Ride scheme is available (6.30am-11pm) at Morden Park, accessed from the A3 at Tolworth and via the A240 and A24. The charge for the public is £15 per car and £20 for minibuses.
The last public bus from the AELTC to the Park & Ride leaves from the terminal off Somerset Road at 10pm (unless there is late play on Centre Court, when this will be 10.40pm).
For more information, go to www.wimbledon.com
Bike: Public bicycle racks are available for free, at the owner's risk, in Car Park 8. Folding bicycles should be left at the Left Luggage facilities.
Taxis: Taxi services operate from the taxi ranks at Southfields and Wimbledon stations. A shuttle service also operates from the taxi rank in Church Road (outside Gate 4), heading north, as well as services to all other destinations.
For journeys heading south, a rank is situated in Somerset Road (outside Gate 13).
Taxi sharing is encouraged during peak periods.
Motorcycles: Pay on the day parking is available for motorcycles in Car Park 4 at a charge of £10.
Minibuses: Pay on the day parking is available for minibuses in Car Park 4 at a charge of £25.
TV, radio and web
Sue Barker kicks off the BBC’s Wimbledon TV coverage today at 11.30am on BBC2. Coverage will start at this time for the first seven days to accommodate the earlier start of play on outside courts. Thereafter viewers should tune in to BBC One/Two – see
BBC Sport for more information - from 12 on Monday June 2; 12.15 on Tuesday June 3, 12.30 on Wednesday June 4, June 5 and June 6; 13.30 on Saturday June 7, and 13.00 on Sunday June 8.
The television team includes John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Tim Henman, Lindsay Davenport and Tracy Austin, with John Inverdale presenting Today at Wimbledon on BBC Two and HD from 20:00 BST each weekday.
Two full matches every day of the tournament will be offered on the BBC iPlayer plus Today at Wimbledon. And the BBC Red Button will offer an alternative match on Freeview, up to four streams on Satellite, Cable and Freesat, plus a highlights service and replays of Today at Wimbledon.
Full re-runs of the men's singles semi-finals will be available in 3D, free to air, on the BBC HD Channel along with the selective live coverage of the ladies' and men's finals.
You can also watch the tournament at BBC Big Screens across the country. To find out more visit BBC Big Screens.
The 1996 men's singles champion Richard Krajicek joins the 5 live team and other pundits include Pat Cash, Jana Novotna and Nick Bollettieri for radio coverage. Richard Bacon will present from Wimbledon each weekday from midday, and McEnroe and Henman will host two editions of the 6-love-6 phone-in on Tuesday June 26 and Wednesday July 4 from 7.30-8.30pm.
A new video and audio channel broadcasting from the AELTC, Live @ Wimbledon, will commence from today. Available worldwide online on Wimbledon.com, and on local FM, there are three radio channels for listeners to choose from - Around the Grounds (87.7FM), bringing the whole event to life, Centre Court (96.3FM), which will feature ball-by-ball commentary from Centre Court, and No.1 Court (97.8FM), which will feature ball-by-ball commentary from No.1 Court.
Visit Live @ Wimbledon.