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Hello,
I was planning to go to London at June 22nd as a family trip (I'm from Israel).
When I heard that the tournament starts on June 26th, I thought that it would be a great opportunity watching it while I'm there.
I tried to find out a bit about buying tickets, and discovered that the only practical way for me to get some (or even one!) is queuing on the day, maybe even overnight, in order to get them at a normal price.
Is it really so? Is that really the only way i could get a ticket? As you'll probably assume, as a tourist in London for about 5-7 days, camping in a tent would be quite problematic.
I was wondering - any practical advices you could give me? I've read one about going at the end of the day and wait for people to sell their tickets - can you please go to details about this one? Where do I need to wait? What are the chances? How much would it cost me? etc.
Moreover, I'd like to know - if I come in the morning of the day (and won't stay overnight) - will I still have a chance of getting a ticket to one of the main courts (Centre, No. 1 or No. 2 - these are the courts which interest me)? As I commented, I want to see the first/second day games, so take that in account.
Any information about one of these two (and maybe there are more?) options would be great.

I'd really appreciate any kind of help.
Thanks in advance,
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Re: Ordering Tickets for Wimbledon Championships

I was just at Wimbledon on Saturday, taking the tour & visiting the museum.

Only way to get show court tickets at face value is to queue up at like 7 or 8 pm the night before and stay there (they give you a number and a list of rules you have to follow the entire time). However, you only have to come at 7 am or so to get a grounds pass, which you can use to get into Court No 2 (but just standing I believe). You can buy a 'used' show court ticket for no more than 5 pounds, but you already have to be inside with a grounds pass to buy one. Proceeds go to charity.

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I was just at Wimbledon on Saturday, taking the tour & visiting the museum.

Only way to get show court tickets at face value is to queue up at like 7 or 8 pm the night before and stay there (they give you a number and a list of rules you have to follow the entire time). However, you only have to come at 7 am or so to get a grounds pass, which you can use to get into Court No 2 (but just standing I believe). You can buy a 'used' show court ticket for no more than 5 pounds, but you already have to be inside with a grounds pass to buy one. Proceeds go to charity.

Hope that helps.
First of all, thanks for the fast reply! It sure did help.
Three more questions I have:
1) About that thing you wrote: "You can buy a 'used' show court ticket for no more than 5 pounds, but you already have to be inside with a grounds pass to buy one" - is it an official thing, or I'm about to beg for people to sell their tickets? If I'm planning to do so, when will it usually occur (how long will I "have" to wait?) - looking only for estimation, not an exact hour of course, heh . Besides that, what are the odds someone will actually sell me his ticket for such price? Does that usually happen?

2) Regarding the ground pass - if it really enables me to enter court No. 2 (even if standing), it sounds quite good too. Does every ground pass ticket enables that, or I'm about to face some problems with that?

3) Can I get any rough estimation of the players who will play at the first and the second day (and if possible, maybe the courts?). I've heard that Federer should play the first game on the first day, and Williams will play first on the second day (which leaves me no chance watching both? ). Any other "statistics" you can provide?

Anyway, from what I read until now (your post and other sites), the ideal thing for me is to come at the morning of the day, buy (hopefully) the ground pass tickets. Later on, maybe someone will sell me his show court ticket, so I could watch the big games. Is that right?

Sorry for the long message.
Thanks again!

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First of all, thanks for the fast reply! It sure did help.
Three more questions I have:
1) About that thing you wrote: "You can buy a 'used' show court ticket for no more than 5 pounds, but you already have to be inside with a grounds pass to buy one" - is it an official thing, or I'm about to beg for people to sell their tickets? If I'm planning to do so, when will it usually occur (how long will I "have" to wait?) - looking only for estimation, not an exact hour of course, heh . Besides that, what are the odds someone will actually sell me his ticket for such price? Does that usually happen?

2) Regarding the ground pass - if it really enables me to enter court No. 2 (even if standing), it sounds quite good too. Does every ground pass ticket enables that, or I'm about to face some problems with that?

3) Can I get any rough estimation of the players who will play at the first and the second day (and if possible, maybe the courts?). I've heard that Federer should play the first game on the first day, and Williams will play first on the second day (which leaves me no chance watching both? ). Any other "statistics" you can provide?

Anyway, from what I read until now (your posts and other sites), the ideal thing for me is to come at the morning of the day, buy (hopefully) the ground pass tickets. Later on, maybe someone will sell me his show court ticket, so I could watch the big games. Is that right?

Sorry for the long message.
Thanks again!
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First of all, thanks for the fast reply! It sure did help.
Three more questions I have:
1) About that thing you wrote: "You can buy a 'used' show court ticket for no more than 5 pounds, but you already have to be inside with a grounds pass to buy one" - is it an official thing, or I'm about to beg for people to sell their tickets? If I'm planning to do so, when will it usually occur (how long will I "have" to wait?) - looking only for estimation, not an exact hour of course, heh . Besides that, what are the odds someone will actually sell me his ticket for such price? Does that usually happen?

2) Regarding the ground pass - if it really enables me to enter court No. 2 (even if standing), it sounds quite good too. Does every ground pass ticket enables that, or I'm about to face some problems with that?

3) Can I get any rough estimation of the players who will play at the first and the second day (and if possible, maybe the courts?). I've heard that Federer should play the first game on the first day, and Williams will play first on the second day (which leaves me no chance watching both? ). Any other "statistics" you can provide?

Anyway, from what I read until now (your post and other sites), the ideal thing for me is to come at the morning of the day, buy (hopefully) the ground pass tickets. Later on, maybe someone will sell me his show court ticket, so I could watch the big games. Is that right?

Sorry for the long message.
Thanks again!
1) Yeah you already need to be in the ground so you buy a ground pass. I think they start reselling the show court tickets around 4pm, it's an official thing, people that are leaving give their tickets in and then they're resold. Thing is, it's hard to get tickets, you wait in a queue and it usually starts building up about 1pm and it's first come first serve.

2) Yep, all ground passes let you go into the standing area for court 2.

3) No real guarantee of who will play, though when the draw comes out you can usually work it out. Federer will play first match on centre court on the first day.
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Re: Ordering Tickets for Wimbledon Championships

OK, another two questions I have:

Concerning Wimbledon:
From your (and other's) advices, the ideal thing for me to do is to come on June 27th (and not 26) at 6 am, and hope there are Court 1 tickets.
Otherwise, I'll buy ground pass tickets which will allow me to:
- Enter courts 3-19 and hope for good games.
- Enter court 2 (standing).
- Watch some players (hopefully good ones) practice at the practice / unoccupied courts.
- Enter the queue for the resold show court tickets at 1 pm until 4 pm, and then enter these courts.

Is that "tactic" good? Anything missing? Hours correct? Any other tips you could give now?

Another issue:
I've heard that Eastbourne Tournament takes place on June 17th - June 24th (I'm in the UK between June 23rd - June 27th). I heard that there are many great women players who should play there. Thought that it would be a good idea watching this one. Thing is I'll go only to one of these tournaments. Being in London and missing Wimbledon would be stupid (that's why I tend to go to Wimbledon), but ordering tickets for Eastbourne should be easier. What is your advice? What would you do instead of me?

Thanks a lot!
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Sounds good. Although I would say don't get your hopes up of a main court ticket if you're going at 6am, highly unlikely.

At Wimby they don't really practice on the courts, there's a seperate section for practicing, it's hard to get close. But they usually come and sign a few autographs and stuff after.

Other than that I think it's good. If there's a few of you going then maybe take turns to wait in the queue for tickets so the rest of you can still watch some tennis

I don't know about Eastbourne I'm afraid, I've never been.

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Hello again guys, I'm sorry that I come with this subject again, but it's really important for me - I'd probably go to the tournament on Monday (Maybe on Tuesday, but I don't really think so).
I would like to know the games which will be played on that day(s), and if it's possible - the courts they will be played on.
I saw the main draw page on Wimbledon's site, but it didn't really tell me much (for example, what are the "sections"?).
Answer ASAP plz, because I'm in an Internet Cafe here in London, and the time is limited.

Thank you!

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Hello again guys, I'm sorry that I come with this subject again, but it's really important for me - I'd probably go to the tournament on Monday (Maybe on Tuesday, but I don't really think so).
I would like to know the games which will be played on that day(s), and if it's possible - the courts they will be played on.
I saw the main draw page on Wimbledon's site, but it didn't really tell me much (for example, what are the "sections"?).
Answer ASAP plz, because I'm in an Internet Cafe here in London, and the time is limited.

Thank you!
Sorry I only saw this now.

Order of play only comes out the night before, so I don't know who'll be playing on which court yet.
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