Heading to Centre Court this Summer?
Wimbledon 2017 is one of the biggest events of the summer. Here is our Pearl & Pear guide to the two week long British Tennis Championships to make sure you make the most out of your trip. How to get your hands on last minute tickets, what to wear and some insider top tips!
Wimbledon – The Ultimate Championship
For 125 years Wimbledon has served some world class tennis. The Croquet Club, has hosted the tournament every year in June-July.
Being the oldest tournament in tennis history, some argue that it is the most famous out of all the championships globally. Attracting young and old, you don’t have to be a tennis fanatic to enjoy a day on the court. However, make sure you understand the game and pick a favourite to win.
Key dates to remember…
Although the gates do not open until Monday 3rd July, there’s plenty of action until then.
Monday 26th June sees qualifying commence as lower-ranked players compete for the 16 (Mens) and 12 (Womens) remaining spots.
Then, the seedings (aka previous tournament rankings from the year) are allocated to the top 32 players in each singles draw – all announced on Wednesday 28th June. Seed No. 1 will be the favourite to win – keep your eyes peeled.
Friday is when the action happens! After a busy week, the draw is made and fixtures are released.
Play begins on the outside courts at 11am Monday 3rd July. For 2017, the reigning men’s champion Andy Murray opens Centre Court at 1pm. Let the games begin.
The usual way to get your hands on Wimbledon tickets would be to register for the ticket ballot, and keep your fingers crossed.
But, don’t worry if you didn’t… you could still be in with a chance of spectating the biggest tennis event of the year.
Year after year thousands of hopefuls queue outside the Wimbledon grounds hoping to purchase 1 of the 6,000 grounds admission tickets. Or if lucky enough, 1 of the 500 reserved for each of the Centre and No.1 and No.2 courts. All you need is patience, stamina… and cash! Cards aren’t accepted.
Top tip: “get there early, latest 10:00, you’re not guaranteed a space and you might as well set up camp and have fun… sometimes the atmosphere here is just as ecstatic as inside the venue.”
But, what to wear?
Wimbledon doesn’t have a strict dress code like other events, such as Ascot and the Royal Regatta. However, torn jeans, running vests, dirty trainers and sports shorts are a no-go for Debenture ticket holders.
Hospitality Areas (subject to which one you’re in) prohibit jeans and trainers. Also, the Member’s Lounge becomes a lot stricter where men must wear a jacket as well as a shirt and tie.
As a general rule, you should aim for Casual Summer attire, something comfortable, smart and adaptable for all weather conditions – it is England after all.
Top tip: “don’t forget your suncream, a hat and a waterproof (just incase!)”
Get there early, avoid the queues and make a whole day of it.
If you’re on the hill, one bottle is allowed per person – enjoy some fizz with your strawberries.
HSBC giveaway strawberries and cream with the show of your HSBC card. As well as portable phone chargers – handy! Also, look out for other promotional activities from brands around the grounds.
The hottest year at Wimbledon on record was 2006, scorching to 36.7° – remember your suncream as well as lots of water.
Did you know?
There are 250 ball boys and girls working throughout the tournament
They sell 320,000 glasses of Pimms
140,000 punnets of Strawberries are eaten
Across the time span of Wimbledon, it equates to a staggering 39,000 spectators in the grounds at any one time. That’s a lot of tennis fans!
Game. Set. Match!