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Calling All Tennis Lovers: Wimbledon Is Just Around The Corner
One of the biggest sporting events in the UK calendar, Wimbledon’s lawn tennis championship is set to be just as magnificent and exciting in 2015 as it has been in previous years. Watching the best tennis players in the world battle it out, while you drink Pimms and dive into a bowl of strawberries and cream, is an amazingly enjoyable experience. Wimbledon is certainly an event that you should attend at least once in your lifetime. This year, it’s running between the 29th of June and the 12th of July.
Here’s a little advice on how to make your visit to Wimbledon count…
Timing It Right
To catch the best tennis, turn up during the first week, when all of the big players are taking to the courts. Sundays are usually rest days, so try not to show up on those days, as there isn’t much going on, apart from the men’s final on the last Sunday.
What You Will Need To Bring With You
The British weather isn’t usually very forgiving, so waterproofs are a must. Also, if you’re planning on saving a bit of money, it’s best to pack your own food. The refreshments in Wimbledon can be pricy and you may have to wait in a long queue for them. If you’re going to try any of the tempting-looking meals on offer, strawberries and cream and afternoon tea are great to get you in the Wimbledon spirit (they are tasty too)!
Don’t travel to Wimbledon Station. Southfields is a lot closer to the grounds, and it’s an earlier stop. From here, you have a simple 15 minute walk, which is well sign-posted, but you can just follow the obvious tennis fans that know where they are going. There are double-decker buses that can deliver you from Wimbledon Station, however, if you accidentally get off here.
The Reality of Queuing
Britain is known for its obsession with queuing. To get into Wimbledon, you’re going to have a lengthy 3 hour wait in front of you, unfortunately. In order to get in earlier, you will have to camp overnight in the field, alongside students and serious, die-hard tennis fans. If you’re happy to rough-it for the night, this might be a great option for you. Otherwise, allow enough time before the matches start to enter the venue.
Getting The Right Ticket
The premium tickets sell like hotcakes. If it’s important to you that you see the crème de la crème of the tennis world, you’re going to have to order your tickets fast. Otherwise, you will only have a Ground Pass to choose from, which just allows you access to the Outside Courts. You will still get to watch some fantastic tennis here, so it depends on what you’re happy with. The premium tickets to the most broadcasted matches of course cost more money (about £40+ more), but your main problem will be getting your hands on them.