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As a tennis fan I have always wanted to go to Wimbledon and so was thrilled when my tennis playing son was awarded 2 tickets in the LTA ballot. I thought I would write a review giving my tips of how to get the best from a day at the championships, so hope it will be helpful to anyone going for the first time!Getting there.
We traveled via Reading, changing at Clapham junction. Trains to Wimbledon are frequent. From Wimbledon station you can either take a number 493 bus to the grounds or walk. When you exit the station you will no doubt be approached by very pushy shuttle bus and taxi drivers. They all were keen to tell us it was a 50 minute up hill walk to the grounds! This is not the case. From the station it is a very pleasant walk (partly uphill) 20 minute walk. I think it is a god way to start to soak up the atmosphere too as many of the shops have tennis displays in their windows. As we approached the grounds there were several vendors giving away things like bottled water and cereal bars.If you arrive by car then you will need to allow time to negotiate the traffic jams! I’m not sure where the main car parks are located but did notice several houses with signs outside offering parking on there drive for £15 for the day! There was also a church car park offering spaces. One thing to keep in mind when you decide how to travel, is that play can sometimes go on until late in the evening. If you are relying on public transport you may have to leave before a game has finished. If you have your own car you will have much more freedom! We were disappointed not to be able to watch any doubles matches as that would have meant missing our last train.
We were lucky to be allocated 2 centre court tickets via the L.T.A draw .There is also a public ballot for tickets. If you would like to enter the ballot then I suggest you go to the official Wimbledon website where you will find contact details for next year’s tournament. You will then be entered into the draw for tickets.
It is also possible to queue for tickets each day. The queue was enormous when we were there, with many camping overnight! Each day 500 tickets are sold for centre court and another 500 each for courts no 1, 2 and 3. In addition around 6,000 ground admission tickets are sold. It is not possible to get court tickets for the last 4 days of the tournament as these tickets are all pre-sold.Arrival.
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