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Hey all

This thread and my questions go out specifically to those of you that have attended the qualifying sessions for Wimbledon in Roehampton, and for those of you who have queued in order to get a ground pass (or any other ticket) for the Wimbledon grounds.

I am planning my holiday this year and a tennis tournament abroad seems like a good option to me. Wimbledon is too, since I can travel to and stay in London for not too big a price. Since I have always been more interested in qualifying sessions and outer courts instead of show courts, I would like to attend the matches in Roehampton and some first round matches on the smaller courts. These are my questions:

- Is the Roehampton ground easily accessible to fans that travel by public transport? What are the costs for the qualifying sessions? Do the main draw players also practise there, or do they practise on the Wimbledon courts? If so, is it possible to go to the Wimbledon courts to watch the practising?

- If I'm going to Wimbledon for the first round matches, I will go alone and I will have to queue. Is there a specific time that is best to start queuing? What are your recommendations in general? Is the queueing worth it?

- Do you know any cheap, yet good or sufficiently average accommodation for backpackers or small-budget tourists? I have checked out the prices of some youth hostels, but they all still seem to be quite expensive.

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Re: Wimbledon Queueing and Qualies

I'm very interested to know those things too!
I have a friend near London and I was planning on visiting her during Wimbledon. But I don't know much about how to get in there and stuff like that...
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Re: Wimbledon Queueing and Qualies

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These are my questions:

- Is the Roehampton ground easily accessible to fans that travel by public transport? yes by underground or probably bus (ask a Londoner for better info, someone like Rosie)
What are the costs for the qualifying sessions? FREE
Do the main draw players also practise there, or do they practise on the Wimbledon courts? Most players i know rather stay at the tourn they were at the week before and practice there, even if they lose.
they tend to get to Wimbledon pretty close to the tourn


If so, is it possible to go to the Wimbledon courts to watch the practising? not b4 champs as far as i know but you can go into the Wimbledon museum all yr

- If I'm going to Wimbledon for the first round matches, I will go alone and I will have to queue. Is there a specific time that is best to start queuing? Bring a tent and camp overnight in the Q straight after play finishes or for 1st Monday, get there before midnight if u want main showcourt tickets, otherwise around about 6am will get u inside grounds before 12-- only prob with that is they let the fans in at 1030 and they get to the outside courts and dont move-- so best courts are taken up really fast.
What are your recommendations in general? ermmmm best thing to do is get to top of Court 3, at 1030 so u can see Court 2 without paying Court 2 prices
and just read this for more info http://tennis-ontheline.com/01queue.htm

Is the queueing worth it? YES except on the saturday

- Do you know any cheap, yet good or sufficiently average accommodation for backpackers or small-budget tourists? I have checked out the prices of some youth hostels, but they all still seem to be quite expensive. a friend in London helps
b) like i said bring a tent


Thanks in advance for your answers


All my answers in bold, to ones i know

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Re: Wimbledon Queueing and Qualies

hehe, that would be funny. seeing martijn in a tent little backpacker
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OK CooCooCachoo - I'll try and bring my local knowledge to bear here, although first I have to admit that I have NEVER personally been to Roehampton quallies so I know next to nothing about it! You can get a bus to Roehampton though - buses are generally cheaper than the Underground. Very few of the top players practice there though - as Eggy says, most prefer to stay at the tournament they played in the week before, or go to an exhibition even like Stoke Poges, that ends on the Saturday before Wimbledon.And no - the practice courts at Wimbledon are not open to the public in the same way as some other tournaments.

As for queueing - well if you only want the outside courts, if you get there by 6.00am. you'll be guaranteed to be inside the grounds before play starts - underground trains start running at 5.30am in London so that shouldn't be a problem. Get off at Southfields Station on the District line (coloured green on the tube maps) - it's nearer than Wimbledon - only about 10 minutes walk so don't get ripped off by any of the taxis waiting outside the station! However, if you want to get on a main court (and I guess most people would like the Centre Court experience if they come here), then yes, - you HAVE to bring a tent and be prepared to put up with the rain, the cold and the traffic noise to get your seat. Years ago, you could get in the queue by 10.00pm the previous evening and guarantee a Centre Court seat, but things have got stupid these days, and some people actually queue from 11.00am or earlier the previous day to get their place - this is particularly true on the middle Saturday or when Tim Henman's playing. The other Show Courts (Numbers 1 and 2) are less heavily subscribed, but you would still need to be there by 2.00am at the latest to get Court 2 - a lot will depend on the Order of Play on any particular day which generally comes out about 8.30pm the night before.

As to whether it's worth it - well - that's up to you!! A lot of people do actually love the queueing and find it all part of the Wimbledon experience, - it's generally very friendly with a nice atmosphere, and being on your own won't be a problem - you'll soon get chatting to people. Personally I admit I'm NOT a queuer at all because I hate camping, getting cold and not being able to have a shower in the morning In fact, if I'm honest I'm not a Wimbledon fan at all and you'll only find me there when David's playing and then go home again straight afterwards - but that is just a personal view - many wouldn't agree with me.

As for accommodation - well London IS expensive - no doubt. I've never had to look into this as I live near enough to go home, but I know there is an agency that specialises in Wimbledon accommodation - you can email them on:-

info@eventaccommodation.co.uk, or telephone 0044-1268-774379

Hope that helps a bit - and btw - due to security measures, you can't bring any rucksacks or large bags into the grounds now - all tents, baggages, etc have to be left in "Left Luggage" outside, and only small bags can be brought in. Oh - and food is dreadfully expensive inside too, - so my advice would be to buy provisions in one of the stores nearby and have a very substantial "takeaway" in the queue the night before - there are always people delivering pizzas etc to the queue and plenty of burger bars etc around.

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Re: Wimbledon Queueing and Qualies

another thing if you cant get into Wimbledon

you can always go back to Roehampton and watch the junior tournament there, a pretty big Grade 1 tourn.
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Re: Wimbledon Queueing and Qualies

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- If I'm going to Wimbledon for the first round matches, I will go alone and I will have to queue. Is there a specific time that is best to start queuing? What are your recommendations in general? Is the queueing worth it?

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Okay my experience is a bit dated (2000) but on the first 5 days you could join the queue at 8 am and you were still safe to get into the grounds at around 11-11.30 am. Court 3 will be full (Court 2 standing area probably too) and Court 18 as well but that's no problem on the first two days as there are enough great matches going on. Court 13 and most other outside courts always had alot of seats left. And that way you don't have to wait another hour and a half for the matches to start which I found a bit annoying.
For Court 3 (and yes, the top is recommended) you have to be through the turnstiles by 10.30 am and then run.
IMO to see good tennis you don't have to camp overnight. I guess you should only camp overnight for the CAMPING itself which is probably great. But I don't like camping so I didn't do it.

Damn I have to go there again, and if only for two days. I will work on it, maybe it's possible this year.

Eggy (or others), one more question: Have you ever use the 'southern' queue, the one where you don't get off at Southfields station?
Because most people I have heard about only talked about the Southfields queue, so maybe the other queue is the better choice because no one knows it.

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Re: Wimbledon Queueing and Qualies

nope i've never used the southern Q.
Always the other one.

and as for Court 3.......getting to the top 1st was my speciality

These days the guards take you down slowly down the steps and they stop u running
thats always a really funny sight....... the big charge for Court 3 on one side, and Court 18 on good days on the other side of the complex.

Court 18 i find infuriating as they close the doors and u cant see whats happening without climbing on top of the TV studios (but a long climb all way around)

and Food...... bring some of your own
and bring a bottled drink, then use that to get water.

they rip you off for food/drink.
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Well GoDom - the general rumour in England is that the "southern" queue is unfriendly and the atmosphere is not as much fun as the Southfields one. The Southfields one attracts a lot of Aussies and people from all over the world, who have barbecues in the park at night, play football in the street and generally "party". There are also better facilites there being nearer Southfields main shopping area for food etc. Meanwhile, - the "southern" queue (certainly nearer to the front) is peopled mainly by the die-hard Henman fans- you know, the ones who wear Union Jacks and paint their faces and can't understand why an English person would go to Wimbledon to watch anyone else As I said, I try and avoid queueing (last time I did it was for the Goran/Rafter final in 2001 because it was such a special one-off event), so I'm not an authority on it, but I know a lot of people who do queue regularly and that is what they say.

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is it true that beforehand, you were put in a ballott and couldnt choose which tickets u want? im talking about if you ordered tickets a while ago, or before the tournament
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is it true that beforehand, you were put in a ballott and couldnt choose which tickets u want? im talking about if you ordered tickets a while ago, or before the tournament
Yes you're right joeb. If you entered the ballot (the closing date was December 31st last year I think), then they just allocate you a ticket if you're successful - you've got no choice of date or court - you either accept it or they will offer it to someone else. The LTA do a similar thing for their members roo. Years ago, you used to be able to choose which day you wanted tickets for, but I guess they thought it was easier administratively to do it this way.

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yeah, bit of a shame really. what are the prices like compared to the other slams?
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Aussie Open is by far the cheapest overall.... really good deal

Wimbledon tickets are not too badly priced (if you only wanna go to outside courts).
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But ticket prices have been heavily increased in recent years.

These were first Monday's prices in 2000:
CC - 25 pounds
No. 1 - 23 pounds
No. 2 - 18 pounds
Ground - 12 pounds

And in 2004 it's:
CC - 30 pounds
No. 1 - 28 pounds
No. 2 - 23 pounds
Ground - 15 pounds

On day 3 I had a no. 1 ticket for 28 pounds, now it's 36.
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Re: Wimbledon Queueing and Qualies

Thanks for all your answers guys

Lucky enough, I don't even want to get on a show court I have always been more into doubles matches and the qualifying sessions etc.. No need to go camping for me: hoorah

I think I can get into London for like €250, which includes the travelling costs to London (plus taxes etc.) and two nights at a hotel, where I can also have breakfast (right, if I go to Wimbledon, I won't be able to have breakfast there ). Extra costs would be food and drink (breakfast, lunch, dinner, lots of drinks I am sure ), costs for the bus or tube from Waterloo Station to the hotel or wherever I stay and to the Wimbledon/Roehampton grounds, the Wimbledon tickets obviously and a souvenir or such. This is not overly expensive and if I start saving now, I'll probably make it.

I am thus thinking about going to Wimbledon for two days. If I really like it, I could always decide to go longer, as long as that is financially possible (considering that there is also a tournament in Rosmalen a week before Wimbledon, which I always go to a few days and which is by no means cheap, nor are the travelling expenses). However, I also want to make my trip a bit of a cultural experience, meaning that I want to return to the British Museum, and visit Tate National Gallery and such as well. Luckily, they are free, but this would mean I'd have to stay in London longer, resulting in higher expenses when it comes to food and drinks and also when it comes to sleeping. The same goes for me visiting Roehampton. My problem is, that I won't be able to work extra hours to save money before Wimbledon is under way. I have my final exams this year and then I will only have about a week before Wimbledon starts. After that, I'll have plenty of time to save money, but.. you get my problem Also, youth hostels are quite expensive too. If someone knows where to find cheap accommodation (unfortunately I don't have any friends in London.. ), in or around London, please share

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