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Wimbledon Queueing and Qualies

CooCooCachoo
03-13-2004, 05:57 AM
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.

Thanks in advance for your answers :) :worship:

:wavey:

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Martijn

BelgianGirl
03-13-2004, 11:23 AM
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...

TheBoiledEgg
03-13-2004, 12:38 PM
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 :) :worship:

:wavey:



All my answers in bold, to ones i know

joeb_uk
03-13-2004, 01:32 PM
hehe, that would be funny. seeing martijn in a tent :D little backpacker

*Ljubica*
03-13-2004, 02:14 PM
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 :mad: 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 :p - 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.

TheBoiledEgg
03-13-2004, 02:29 PM
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.

KarstenBraasch#1
03-13-2004, 02:33 PM
Hey all :)

- 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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Martijn

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. :shrug:

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

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. ;)

TheBoiledEgg
03-13-2004, 02:41 PM
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 :tape:
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.

*Ljubica*
03-13-2004, 03:02 PM
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 :devil: 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.

joeb_uk
03-13-2004, 04:00 PM
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

*Ljubica*
03-13-2004, 04:30 PM
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.

joeb_uk
03-13-2004, 04:37 PM
yeah, bit of a shame really. what are the prices like compared to the other slams?

TheBoiledEgg
03-13-2004, 04:51 PM
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).

KarstenBraasch#1
03-13-2004, 05:47 PM
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. :rolleyes:

CooCooCachoo
03-14-2004, 07:00 AM
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 :)

CooCooCachoo
03-14-2004, 07:01 AM
Wow I used a lot of smilies there, didn't I ;)

Darran
03-14-2004, 10:27 AM
Ive arrived in the Southfields queue at 7.30-8 for the last 2 years and got in the grounds no bother.

azza
03-14-2004, 11:58 AM
Is it possible to get PRE Booking tickets without lining up?

TheBoiledEgg
03-14-2004, 12:04 PM
Is it possible to get PRE Booking tickets without lining up?

YES...... if you can afford to buy a 5 yr debenture for about £10000
or buy daily corporate tickets from Sportsworld

or alternatively........ get tickets/passes off players :angel: :angel:

*Ljubica*
03-14-2004, 12:25 PM
YES...... if you can afford to buy a 5 yr debenture for about £10000
or buy daily corporate tickets from Sportsworld

or alternatively........ get tickets/passes off players :angel: :angel:

Actually, you know, I was reading in the paper recently that a Centre Court debenture is about £23,000 now - :eek:

One thing I probably should have stressed earlier as well - please do NOT be tempted to buy tickets off the "touts" outside. I know it's easy enough at Roland Garros and various other venues, - but 90% of the "touts'" tickets are fakes, and you will definately get stopped at the gates. Security is VERY strict at Wimbledon these days, and not only will you not get in, you'll end up getting prosecuted under English law as well and fined a large amount for being in possession of one.

TheBoiledEgg
03-14-2004, 12:29 PM
the only good thing about debentures is you can auction the tickets off ;)
and get more money back than u paid for it.

Action Jackson
03-14-2004, 12:30 PM
Always da biznesman TBE aren't you?

Experimentee
03-14-2004, 01:02 PM
You need to queue for hours and CAMP outside the grounds if you want to get tickets? :eek:
My God.
Surely there is a possibility to book tickets in advance?

KarstenBraasch#1
03-14-2004, 01:07 PM
You need to queue for hours and CAMP outside the grounds if you want to get tickets? :eek:
My God.
Surely there is a possibility to book tickets in advance?
No.

Experimentee
03-14-2004, 01:11 PM
Oh ok, I saw the thing about booking. They should really be making tickets more accessible to the public. At the Australian Open, the most I've ever had to queue is about 30 mins, even when i get there at about 10am.

Action Jackson
03-14-2004, 01:11 PM
You need to queue for hours and CAMP outside the grounds if you want to get tickets? :eek:
My God.
Surely there is a possibility to book tickets in advance?

Hopefully knowing one of the players would do the trick.

Then again I went there one year and the only reason I got in was a free ticket, I wouldn't queue for Wimbledon.

KarstenBraasch#1
03-14-2004, 01:14 PM
But the queueing is part of the fun. ;)

Does anyone know how many tickets are sold in the ballot?

Action Jackson
03-14-2004, 01:17 PM
Hopefully knowing one of the players would do the trick.

Then again I went there one year and the only reason I got in was a free ticket, I wouldn't queue for Wimbledon.

It's England queueing is ritualistic and not to be underestimated, and also tennis isn't actually known as a sport for the people in England.

That is why the Rafter/Ivanisevic final was so good, the crowd was different from the usual old Lords and aristocrats that strut around finals day.

*Ljubica*
03-14-2004, 01:24 PM
But the queueing is part of the fun. ;)

Does anyone know how many tickets are sold in the ballot?

They sell 500 tickets per day for Centre and Number 1 courts to "queuers", so all the rest go in the Ballot apart from debentures, and I'm afraid I don't have exact numbers for those.

And yes - queueng is indeed ritualistic in England, -if you ever walk down to the front of the queue at Wimbledon, it is truly amazing to see everyone there with their battery operated TVs and radios, and their picnic chairs and tables!! Personally, as stated before, - I hate it, - sleeping under canvas on a cold pavement and then spending all day unable to have a proper shower is just :eek: - no way - absolutely NO WAY!! Loads of people do enjoy it though - treat it as part of the fun and the whole "Wimbledon" experience.

Action Jackson
03-14-2004, 01:26 PM
And yes - queueng is indeed ritualistic in England, -if you ever walk down to the front of the queue at Wimbledon, it is truly amazing to see everyone there with their battery operated TVs and radios, and their picnic chairs and tables!! Personally, as stated before, - I hate it, - sleeping under canvas on a cold pavement and then spending all day unable to have a proper shower is just :eek: - no way - absolutely NO WAY!! Loads of people do enjoy it though - treat it as part of the fun and the whole "Wimbledon" experience.

You softie Rosie, nothing with roughing it with the elements, it's probably one of the better memories, but the reason I wouldn't do it is because it's Wimbledon. I have an allergy to grasscourt tennis, which is only just getting cured albeit slowly.

Experimentee
03-14-2004, 01:42 PM
They sell 500 tickets per day for Centre and Number 1 courts to "queuers", so all the rest go in the Ballot apart from debentures, and I'm afraid I don't have exact numbers for those.

And yes - queueng is indeed ritualistic in England, -if you ever walk down to the front of the queue at Wimbledon, it is truly amazing to see everyone there with their battery operated TVs and radios, and their picnic chairs and tables!! Personally, as stated before, - I hate it, - sleeping under canvas on a cold pavement and then spending all day unable to have a proper shower is just :eek: - no way - absolutely NO WAY!! Loads of people do enjoy it though - treat it as part of the fun and the whole "Wimbledon" experience.

I'm like that too, I hate camping! *shudder*
I cant imagine that I'd do that so early in the morning just for tickets.
Do those rich old people at Wimbledon have to camp too?

Action Jackson
03-14-2004, 01:45 PM
Money can get nearly anywhere and anything Experimentee.

TheBoiledEgg
03-14-2004, 01:55 PM
I'm like that too, I hate camping! *shudder*
I cant imagine that I'd do that so early in the morning just for tickets.
Do those rich old people at Wimbledon have to camp too?

you got to be kidding...... they cant even wash their own dishes :tape:

there's always lots of Aussies, South Africans, plenty of Europeans, Yanks not to say Brits.
most of them are under 30. but there's a few oldies as well.

*Ljubica*
03-14-2004, 02:03 PM
You softie Rosie, nothing with roughing it with the elements, it's probably one of the better memories, but the reason I wouldn't do it is because it's Wimbledon. I have an allergy to grasscourt tennis, which is only just getting cured albeit slowly.

Yes - I don't deny it George!! I did it a few times when I was still at school, - but now I like my home comforts too much, and unfortunately, although I live near it isn't quite near enough to have time to go home for a shower and change after queueing and get back before play starts :devil: !! Luckily I've never yet had a problem getting to see what I wanted to see at Wimbledon for which I am extremely grateful.

Action Jackson
03-14-2004, 02:07 PM
Then again if a guy I like lasts longer than 2 rounds that is party time for me.

*Ljubica*
03-14-2004, 02:15 PM
Then again if a guy I like lasts longer than 2 rounds that is party time for me.

I used to be like that..... and then David got to the Final in 2002! Very inconsiderate of him actually when you think how much a hate it there! No only joking - I was dead proud of him that year and will be if/when he ever does it again, - except this time I would like him to go that one step further and win the damn thing :) .

Action Jackson
03-14-2004, 02:24 PM
I used to be like that..... and then David got to the Final in 2002! Very inconsiderate of him actually when you think how much a hate it there! No only joking - I was dead proud of him that year and will be if/when he ever does it again, - except this time I would like him to go that one step further and win the damn thing :) .

I still am, then again a lot of the guys I like decided to take holidays during that time of the year. I loved it when Rios was there one year and just bagged the place. He was too interested in Chile in the World Cup and telling Monica Seles to move her fat arse in the Players restaurant, what a classy guy.

The year I went 2000 it was because of some freebies and he managed to make the 4th round what a joke. Not as funny as Bruguera making the 4th round one year and beating Rafter that was hilarious.

*Ljubica*
03-14-2004, 02:43 PM
I still am, then again a lot of the guys I like decided to take holidays during that time of the year. I loved it when Rios was there one year and just bagged the place. He was too interested in Chile in the World Cup and telling Monica Seles to move her fat arse in the Players restaurant, what a classy guy.

The year I went 2000 it was because of some freebies and he managed to make the 4th round what a joke. Not as funny as Bruguera making the 4th round one year and beating Rafter that was hilarious.

Did he really say that? I mean the "move your fat arse" bit to Monica!! :p I hope she gave him a suitable reply!!

Action Jackson
03-14-2004, 02:45 PM
Did he really say that? I mean the "move your fat arse" bit to Monica!! :p I hope she gave him a suitable reply!!

One, I wouldn't be surprised and two the guy told me has no excuse to lie about that and he is a Rios fan and was laughing at his arrogance.

CooCooCachoo
03-14-2004, 03:13 PM
I'm like that too, I hate camping! *shudder*
I cant imagine that I'd do that so early in the morning just for tickets.
Do those rich old people at Wimbledon have to camp too?

Camping.. ugh :) Not my thing either ;)
But what about cheap accommodation.. any help?

Action Jackson
03-14-2004, 03:14 PM
Youth hostels, nothing is cheap in London except bread.

TheBoiledEgg
03-14-2004, 03:40 PM
even ONE banana can knock you back for a pound or so.
try seeking political assylum for 2 weeks ;)

*Ljubica*
03-14-2004, 04:29 PM
Camping.. ugh :) Not my thing either ;)
But what about cheap accommodation.. any help?

As I said before Martijn, because I live here I really can't be of any help on the accommodation side of things, although there is a British Youth Hostelling Association (http://www.yha.org.uk/) who may be able to help. I know they do have Hostels in London, but exactly where I don't know. Obviously, the further outside of Central areas you go, the cheaper accommodation will become, but it's only fair to warn you that these "cheaper" London areas, (Clapham, Battersea, Brixton, Streatham, Balham etc) are well dodgy - I wouldn't dare go there myself after dark and wouldn't ever recommend a visitor to go :sad: Maybe you could try a town outside London such as Slough, Staines or Uxbridge - they are easily accessible by train to Wimbledon and may be cheaper.

TheBoiledEgg
03-14-2004, 04:38 PM
try this one

http://www.st-christophers.co.uk/

Kiara
03-14-2004, 05:09 PM
- 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?


Martijn, the wimbledon qualies are at the bank of england sports club in Roehampton, there is no train station in Roehampton the nearest station is Barnes, from there the club is only a short walk (about 15 minutes) it's on Priory lane, ask for directions when you get to the train station.
You can also get the bus, the number 33 (i think) from Hammersmith but it's easier to get a travelcard and get on the train.

The Roehampton qualies are great fun and entrance is free, I didnt go last year but I'll definitely be there this year, hopefully I'll see you there if you make it :wavey: I usually drive there but parking is a bit of a nightmare so I'll be taking the train too otherwise I would've offered you a lift ;) anyway pm me when you finalise your plans and we can meet up :D

I havent really seen any of of the big players practice at Roehampton and no you cant watch the practice sessions at wimbledon anymore :(

If you're going for the first round matches and you're not intersted in the showcourts, join the church road or somerset road queue at about 6 am and you should be able to get a ground pass.

Rosie has done a great job of filling you in on pretty much everything, Wimbledon is my home town and I know it like the back of my hand so I'll give you more tips sometime later esp about accomodation, im a bit busy at the moment.

KarstenBraasch#1
03-14-2004, 09:43 PM
You might also try this link: www.hostellondon.com :)

CooCooCachoo
03-21-2004, 07:40 AM
Thanks for all of your help guys :) I am definitely finalizing my plans, since I found a youth hostel that fits my budget and it's in the centre of London (Piccadilly Circus) so that should be fine. I must admit, I haven't been in that part of London yet, but I am sure I'll manage ;) Your link is helpful too TheBoiledEgg: not too expensive.

I just have one question: what times does the underground and train schedule begin in the morning, in London and Roehampton? Because, once I book, I obviously need to be sure that I can get to the grounds on time ;)

BTW I will send you a PM Kiara!

Chris Seahorse
03-21-2004, 08:46 PM
Firstly, congradulations getting something as central as Piccadilly Circus. You will find this a real advantage on days (if there are any ;) ) when you want to do something other than watching tennis.

You will have absolutely no problems getting to either Wimbledon tennis or the Roehampton tennis complex from there in plenty of time.

For Wimbledon there has been a wide range of times in which you have been advised to arrive by. I queue at least 5 times a year and my experience is aside from the middle Saturday and the second Monday getting on the line by 9 a.m. is almost always fine, providing that you are only interested in ground tickets. On the middle Saturday you really don't want to arrive later that 7:30. On the 2nd Monday I think about 8am should be ok. Perhaps even a bit after. These times vary depending on a number of things, mainly the weather. If it is a brilliantly warm sunny day you will need to arrive 30-45 minutes earlier. If it is a misable day well any time by about 9:45 should do fine. The line does tend to get filled faster as the first week goes on so if people arriving at 9:15 on the first Monday get in by Thursday quite possible they will need to have arrived by 8:45. As you most definitely do not want to miss getting in I'd aim, depending on the weather, for 8:30, on the first day and take it from there. Oh one more thing, it is truely a huge line but they get people in very quickly these days once they open the gates so don't panic when you see how far back you are. :lol:

From Piccadilly Circus you simply need to take the Piccadilly Line to Earl's Court where you should change for a District Line going to Wimbledon. Get off at Southfields and it's a 15 minute walk. The whole journey should take you about 75 minutes max - including the walk. So I'd recommend starting your journey at 7 to 7:15. As the tubes open at little before 6am that should not be a problem.

For Roehampton if I recall correctly tennis starts at 10 but it might be 11. I rarely get there at the start of play anyway. It is free, there is no queue and no problem arriving at any time you wish. Not a massive amount of people turn up for the quallies. I suppose 3 or 4 hundred at a guess. Might even be less.

To get there from Piccadilly Station I'd take the Piccadilly Line to Hammersmith and then take an escalator to the bus stop above the station where you should get the 33 or 72 bus. The 33 is preferable. The bus ride only take about 15 minutes and driving thru Barnes is quite pleasant, a nice area of London. You will then have a 15-20 minute walk to the tennis grounds. I'd allow 70 minutes time from Piccadilly Station.

If you take the 33 bus get off at Upper Richmond Road and then walk down Priory Lane until you get to the entrance to the Bank of England sports ground. If you take the 72 bus you need to get off at Barnes Station as this bus continues down Roehampton Lane. Here is a map of the area.

http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newsearch.srf?x=521750&y=175250&z=1&ar=N&searchp=newsearch.srf&mapp=newmap.srf

All the best, CooCoo and have a great time.

CooCooCachoo
04-24-2004, 05:51 PM
Thanks a lot Chris! Hadn't read this earlier, but the advice is truly great! It will help me a LOT :D

Firstly, congradulations getting something as central as Piccadilly Circus. You will find this a real advantage on days (if there are any ) when you want to do something other than watching tennis.

I haven't booked, so I hope that there will be enough room for me ;) Shouldn't fear too much, I think, since I am travelling alone. Will have to sort things out the following weeks and days :)

Is anyone else planning on going here?

CooCooCachoo
05-17-2004, 05:55 AM
- BUMP -

As Wimbledon is coming closer and closer, I find that this thread might be useful for everyone planning on visiting the GS for the first time!

And Kiara.. I am still finalising my plans ;) Haven't booked anything just yet, but I pretty much know the hostel (http://www.ashleehouse.co.uk) and the dates now. Will have to leave the day after I get the results of my finals, so that will be kind of scary ;) But fortunately I can get quite low grades in order to pass.. Phew!

Really looking forward to it! What day does the doubles competition start?

WyveN
05-17-2004, 06:40 AM
Thanks for the bump, interesting read and it is SO different from the Australian Open. Definetly have to visit soon, maybe I wont even need accomodation, just spend every night in the queue :lol:

CooCooCachoo
05-17-2004, 07:53 AM
lol WyveN.. That sounds gross :p

joeb_uk
05-17-2004, 07:24 PM
^^

Ballbuster
06-14-2004, 05:25 PM
Hey, hopefully I will see you guys in the queue

Chris Seahorse
06-14-2004, 09:35 PM
That would be cool. Anyone who is in the queue and sees a guy wearing red doc martens. It's probably me. Just say "Hi Chris" :)

joeb_uk
06-23-2004, 10:53 AM
cooco isnt going now. i spoke to someone who said they arrived at the queue at like 11 and got in straight away. so is it really necessary to queue at 6am?

Peta Pan
06-23-2004, 12:39 PM
I can't believe how different it all is to the Australian Open. We can pre-book for Centre Court (although I've never been there). The ground passes include Vodafone Arena and Show Courts 1, 2 & 3, and you can buy them in advance as well so you can pretty much just walk straight in when you get there.

Also, you can watch lots of players practising during the qualifying days and the price for ground passes is only about $25 (which is around £9)

I've never appreciated the laid back atmosphere in Australia enough!

:)Peta

joeb_uk
06-23-2004, 01:39 PM
yeah, wimbledon is a ripp off and bitch for tickets. even with french open its still better, choose the tickets you want in advance

MissPovaFan
06-23-2004, 01:44 PM
What absolutely annoys me is the people who are selling tickets on ebay - they shouldn't be allowed to do that as it is basically ticket touting! :mad:

joeb_uk
06-23-2004, 01:59 PM
how else are you meant to get tickets tho? only the ballots and queuing on the day, they force people to do this. if the tickets were avaliable easier, there wouldnt be such a big problem

MissPovaFan
06-23-2004, 02:01 PM
It makes me sick though when I get people e-mailing me asking £800 for a pair of tickets for the Wimbledon final etc. - these people surely should not be allocated ticktes in the first place. Ive had a few people trying to rip me off as well by asking me to use money transfer companies such as Western Union.

joeb_uk
06-23-2004, 02:43 PM
they are only going by the demand, i agree its a joke tho! but people actually pay this

MissPovaFan
06-23-2004, 02:48 PM
Yep there is that I suppose. I've been bidding and have set a max amount that Im prepared to spend but some of the prices are crazy! One guy did try ripping me off by asking me to pay through Western Union and I found out his address was actually a hotel! Thankfully I didnt send him the cash!

joeb_uk
06-23-2004, 04:07 PM
thats why i went to the french open, its probably still cheaper including hotel and travel, than what your paying on ebay! managed to get 2 tickets for 2moro, from a club ballot! i dont really like grass court tennis tho, so i prefer the french open alot more

CooCooCachoo
06-25-2004, 10:01 AM
Just a question to the more experienced Wimbledon-goers here, concerning queueing on the second Monday and Tuesday. If I go then, what time should I be there? I only want ground passes. Those days are good for a lot of doubles action, right? :) Also, I have to travel from Bayswater Tube Station to Wimbledon. Is that possible that early?

joeb_uk
06-25-2004, 10:41 AM
it was hilarious when i left wimby, there was a queue of 100 people at 8pm that night lol!! not sure what this queue was for tho. camping on the street, barbecues on the pavement, and chinese takeaway owners asking for business!

Ballbuster
06-25-2004, 02:30 PM
Just a question to the more experienced Wimbledon-goers here, concerning queueing on the second Monday and Tuesday. If I go then, what time should I be there? I only want ground passes. Those days are good for a lot of doubles action, right? :) Also, I have to travel from Bayswater Tube Station to Wimbledon. Is that possible that early?


Ok coocoo, I'm back in Houston now but I did queue on the first monday and tuesday. 8AM should definitely get you a grounds pass. Tube trains start running at 5:30, so that's fine, but I must add the District line that goes to Wimbledon gets a bit tricky because it has branches. Just get to Earls Court tube station and change trains to Wimbledon, but remember you're changing trains within the green (district) line. My mistake on this cost me about 15 minutes on monday. PS food inside isn't expensive compared with the rest of London

*Ljubica*
06-25-2004, 02:32 PM
Just a question to the more experienced Wimbledon-goers here, concerning queueing on the second Monday and Tuesday. If I go then, what time should I be there? I only want ground passes. Those days are good for a lot of doubles action, right? :) Also, I have to travel from Bayswater Tube Station to Wimbledon. Is that possible that early?

8.00am or 9.00am should be fine Martijn.

joeb_uk
06-25-2004, 05:09 PM
i really wish wimbledon would introduce groundspasses that you can buy beforehand, like rg does