It’s game on at The Championships 2016, so here’s our handy guide to a winning day at Wimbledon.
If you have tickets already then you’re set – roll up, take your seats and let the fun begin. For the have-nots, you’ll have to be quick – a limited number of seats go on sale through Ticketmaster before each match day. But to truly enter the spirit of SW London’s famous tournament, nothing beats the queue. It’s a day out in itself – and to stand any hope of getting one of the 2,000 tickets held back each day for die-hard tennis fans – arrive early, with cash!
There are strict rules on stuff you can bring in. Only one bag per person and don’t even think about arriving with a selfie stick! Avoid costly confiscations and lots of embarrassment by checking the official Wimbledon Championships website for a list of prohibited items.
It’s not only the show courts (Centre 1 and 2) that have great matches. In the first week there are famous names to be seen battling it out all over the ground. There have been some humdingers on the outside courts – the longest ever match was played in 2010 on Court 18 between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut (11 hours!). A ground admission ticket should get you access to most of the outside courts – so plan your attack and soak up the atmosphere on several.
As a major event of the season, you won’t regret looking your best. But the truth is, clothes-wise – anything goes. Stilettos are to be avoided as there can be a lot of walking to do, but remember the three essentials; a sunhat (the only true Lady Wimbledon accessory) an umbrella (this IS England after all) and your phone – download the official App before you go and keep on top of the latest information on who’s playing where.
There is a vast array of food for sale within the grounds, but if you pack your own picnic in a small-ish bag (no wheelies!) then, you can camp out on ‘Murray Mound’ until the sun goes down without breaking the bank. Bringing your own bubbly is happily considered very acceptable as well (one bottle per person!).