Everything you need to know about Wimbledon 2024

Everything you need to know about Wimbledon 2024

The Wimbledon tournament (The Championships), often abbreviated metonymically to Wimbledon, is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. It stands out not only for its rich history but also for its iconic grass surface.

Located in the southwest of London, this tournament attracts renowned tennis players and fans from around the world each year, eager to experience exceptional moments.

Wimbledon - played since July 3, 1877 - is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is part of the Grand Slam tournaments, along with Roland-Garros, the US Open, and the Australian Open.

Wimbledon 2024 tournament dates

This year, the 138th edition of the Wimbledon tennis tournament will take place from Monday, July 1 to Sunday, July 14, 2024. This tournament is held annually over 2 weeks, in late June/early July, a few weeks after the Roland-Garros tournament.

Expected Players

Every year, Wimbledon attracts the best players in the world, and 2024 will be no exception. Among the favorites for this edition are names like Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, and Jannik Sinner in the men's category, as well as Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka, and Elena Rybakina in the women's category. Djokovic, in particular, aims to continue his recent dominance and increase his number of Wimbledon titles.

Recent performances on the ATP and WTA circuits indicate that players like Daniil Medvedev, Holger Rune, Jessica Pegula, and Ons Jabeur could also be serious contenders. Their current form and results on grass courts will be key indicators of their chances at Wimbledon.

Wimbledon is often the stage for the emergence of new talents. Players like Mirra Andreeva, Linda Noskova, and Ben Shelton, who have already made a sensation in other tournaments, will be closely watched.

Match schedule

The Wimbledon 2024 match schedule is carefully planned to maximize spectator enjoyment while providing optimal conditions for the players.

Before the official start of the matches, preparatory events such as public training sessions and exhibition matches are organized. This is a great opportunity for fans to see the players prepare and to spot future champions.

The first days of the tournament are dedicated to the preliminary phase and the early rounds, which take place on the main and secondary courts. Fans can watch singles, doubles, and mixed doubles matches.

Centre Court and Court No. 1 host the most anticipated matches, often featuring the top seeds and tournament favorites. These courts offer a unique atmosphere and are the stage for memorable tennis moments.

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As the tournament progresses, the quarterfinals and semifinals are played on the main courts. These matches are often the most intense and determine the finalists in each category.

The highlight of the tournament is, of course, the finals of the men's and women's singles, as well as the doubles and mixed doubles. These matches generally take place during the last weekend of the tournament, attracting a global audience and the presence of the royal family.

The match schedules are published daily on the official Wimbledon website and in the programs distributed on-site. Matches usually start at 11 a.m. on the outer courts and at 1 p.m. on the main courts, although these times may vary depending on weather conditions and the duration of previous matches.

Getting tickets for Wimbledon 2024

Due to the global popularity of the event and the limited number of seats available, getting tickets for Wimbledon is often considered a challenge. Fortunately, various options allow you to acquire these precious tickets and fully enjoy the Wimbledon experience.

Buying tickets from unofficial resale sites presents a significant risk: these tickets can be invalidated without notice, leaving you without access to the tournament and potentially with a financial loss. Tickets for the Wimbledon tennis tournament are non-modifiable, non-refundable, and non-transferable - therefore, all tickets offered on resale sites (eBay, Gumtree, Shpock, Leboncoin, etc.) are unusable.

Wimbledon tennis court

Public Ballot: the public draw

Initiated in 1924, the public draw (Public Ballot) has become an emblematic institution, offering a fair opportunity to experience the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. This ticket allocation method, by lottery, stands out for its democratic spirit and its ability to pleasantly surprise the lucky winners.

To participate, candidates must register in advance on the official Wimbledon website, usually several months before the tournament. For the 2024 edition, the dates were as follows:

  1. Pre-registration: from September 9 to October 10, 2023
  2. Registration confirmation: from November 1 to November 30, 2023
  3. Start of the draw: from January 2024

Tickets allocated via this lottery do not allow winners to choose a specific date or court. You might end up attending a historic match on Centre Court or cheering on new talents on one of the side courts.

It is important to note that tickets obtained via the public draw are strictly personal and non-transferable. This policy aims to discourage resale and ensure that those lucky enough to be selected can enjoy this unique experience. Detailed instructions for payment and ticket receipt are communicated to the winners by email, highlighting the importance of providing up-to-date contact information during registration.

The Wimbledon public draw represents much more than a ticket purchasing method; it embodies the egalitarian spirit and tradition of Wimbledon, offering all tennis fans a chance to be part of history.

The Queue

If you are not selected in the public draw, several hundred seats for Centre Court and Courts No. 1, 2, and 3 are sold each day directly at the Wimbledon ticket offices via "The Queue".

"The Queue" at Wimbledon is much more than just a line to buy tickets on match day; it is a cultural experience, a cherished tradition that attracts tennis enthusiasts from around the world. Standing at the gates of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, fans demonstrate their dedication not only to the sport but also to the sense of community and tradition that surrounds this legendary tournament.

From dawn, or even the night before for the most determined, fans begin to gather, armed with folding chairs, books, and games to pass the time. This wait becomes an integral part of the Wimbledon experience, allowing people to meet, share tennis stories, and participate in this annual ritual.

Organizers facilitate the wait by distributing dated and numbered "queue cards" that guarantee your place in line and thus your chance to buy a ticket. This ensures an orderly and fair process, highlighting the importance of tradition and fair play, values at the heart of Wimbledon.

Tickets available via "The Queue" cover several courts, including privileged access to Centre Court in the early days of the tournament. This opportunity to see the world's best players on the most iconic tennis court is an invaluable experience for any fan.

To make the experience as enjoyable and accessible as possible, arrangements are also made for visitors with reduced mobility.

You can only buy one ticket per person. Payment is made exclusively by credit card - cash is not accepted.

Sales start every morning at 8 AM (Gate 3 - located on Wimbledon Park Road). For the last 4 days of the tournament, there are no ticket sales for Centre Court.

Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster serves as the official gateway for those looking to secure their access to the Wimbledon tournament, without the uncertainty of "The Queue". Indeed, this platform offers a simple and effective solution to obtain tickets, by putting them on sale the day before each competition day.

Fans thus have the opportunity to acquire seats for the main courts, offering coveted spots with an unbeatable view of captivating matches. Tickets for the outer courts are also available, allowing spectators to discover exciting matches on lesser-known but equally thrilling courts.

This purchasing method presents several advantages: firstly, it eliminates the need to physically queue, allowing fans to plan their visit with more certainty and comfort - secondly, it provides the possibility to specifically choose between different courts, depending on availability, thus allowing spectators to select their preferred experience at Wimbledon.

The ticket sales on Ticketmaster open every day at 9 am UK time.

It is important to note that the tickets available on Ticketmaster are often limited and sell out very quickly.

It is highly recommended to create a Ticketmaster account in advance and familiarize yourself with the site to facilitate the purchasing process once the tickets go live.

Official resellers and hospitality packages

Access to Wimbledon can also be guaranteed through offers from official resellers and hospitality packages, an attractive alternative for those seeking a premium experience. Renowned agencies such as P1 Travel, Keith Prowse or Sportsworld stand out by offering packages that go beyond mere access to matches, enriching the Wimbledon experience with a touch of luxury and comfort.

The hospitality packages, in particular, promise not only well-placed seats to enjoy the matches on the most prestigious courts but also access to exclusive areas where comfort and service are prioritized. These areas can include private lounges, gourmet restaurants, and relaxation zones - where you can unwind between matches. Additionally, services such as meals prepared by renowned chefs, refreshing drinks throughout the day, and meetings with tennis legends can be included, making every moment of your visit unforgettable. It is the ideal option for those looking to combine a love of tennis with the desire for a first-class spectator experience.

The benefits of these packages are not limited to the excellence of the spectator experience; they also offer great flexibility in planning your visit, with various options to meet the needs and preferences of every tennis fan. Whether you seek the electric atmosphere of Centre Court during the finals or the intimacy of an outer court to see rising stars, the hospitality packages can be tailored to meet your expectations.

Booking these packages in advance is essential, as demand is high and supply is limited. By planning early, you ensure not only access to this iconic sporting event but also an enriched and worry-free experience, marked by comfort and exclusivity.

The Ground Pass

The Ground Pass allows you to enter the Wimbledon grounds to watch matches on the outer courts, or watch matches on a giant screen (located north of Court No. 1 on Aorangi Terrace - formerly Henman Hill). This affordable and flexible option is ideal for fans who want to experience the unique atmosphere of Wimbledon without paying the higher prices of main court tickets.

The price of the Ground Pass decreases over the days as the matches become fewer:

  • From the 1st to the 8th day: £30
  • From the 9th to the 11th day: £25
  • From the 12th to the 14th day: £20

This progressive reduction allows spectators to access the tournament grounds at a reduced cost while enjoying the atmosphere and remaining matches.

The Ground Pass provides access to various services and facilities within the Wimbledon grounds - including souvenir shops, food points, water refill stations, and first aid services. Amenities are also provided for visitors with reduced mobility, ensuring a pleasant and accessible experience for all.

The Ticket Resale Kiosk

For those already at Wimbledon but looking to see other matches or who couldn't get tickets for the main courts, the Ticket Resale Kiosk offers an excellent option. Located on the tournament grounds, this kiosk invites spectators leaving Wimbledon during the day to return their tickets at the stadium exit. Tickets for Centre Court, Court No. 1, and other courts may thus be available at reduced prices, providing a second chance to attend exciting matches.

These tickets are resold starting at 3 pm at the north kiosk of Court No. 18, next to The Hill - at the price of:

  • £15 for Centre Court
  • £10 for Courts No. 1 and 2

It is advised to head to the kiosk as soon as possible, as ticket availability varies quickly depending on demand.

This resale option is part of Wimbledon's sustainable and fair policy, with all profits generated from this resale donated to charities.

Ticket prices for Wimbledon 2024

The ticket price varies depending on the court and match day - the most economical option remains the Ground Pass :

2024 Prices

Centre Court

Centre Court(ZA - ZG)

Court No.1

Court No.1(X - ZC)

Court No.2

Court No.3

Ground Pass
01/07£90£70£80£65£50£50£30
02/07£90£70£80£65£50£50£30
03/07£105£90£95£80£60£60£30
04/07£105£90£95£80£60£60£30
05/07£140£115£130£105£80£80£30
06/07£140£115£130£105£80£80£30
07/07£170£140£150£125£95£65£30
08/07£170£140£150£125£95£65£30
09/07£200£165£185£155£50N/A£25
10/07£200£165£185£155£50N/A£25
11/07£235£200£85£70N/AN/A£25
12/07£235£200£85£70N/AN/A£20
13/07£275£230£50£40N/AN/A£20
14/07£275£230£50£40N/AN/A£20

Children under 5 years old do not need a ticket to access the courts. However, they must sit on an adult's lap and are not allowed on Courts No.1, 2, 3, 12, and 18. Children aged 5 and over must have a (full-price) ticket to access the courts. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Wimbledon tennis court

Wimbledon 2024 TV broadcast

The broadcasting rights for Wimbledon 2024 are held by several television channels and streaming platforms worldwide, allowing fans to watch the matches live, wherever they are.

In the United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, the TV broadcast of Wimbledon is provided by the BBC, a long-standing tradition. The BBC offers exhaustive and free coverage of the tournament, with live broadcasts on BBC One and BBC Two.

Viewers can also follow the matches live and on-demand via the BBC iPlayer streaming service. The BBC also offers commentary and analysis from tennis specialists, exclusive interviews, and behind-the-scenes reports.

Other international broadcasters

In addition to the United Kingdom, Wimbledon is broadcast worldwide:

  • BeIN Sports in France
  • ESPN in the United States
  • Eurosport in several European countries
  • Fox Sports in Australia
  • Sky Deutschland in Germany
  • TSN in Canada

These broadcasters provide comprehensive coverage of the matches, with online streaming options for subscribers, ensuring that tennis fans around the world can enjoy the action from Wimbledon.

Streaming and digital options

For those who prefer to watch the matches online, several streaming options are available:

  • BeIN Sports Connect: for French subscribers, this platform allows watching the matches live and on-demand.
  • BBC iPlayer: accessible for free in the United Kingdom to watch the matches live or in replay.
  • ESPN+: for American viewers, offering live coverage and replays.
  • Eurosport Player: available in several European countries, offering comprehensive live and on-demand coverage.

Thanks to these streaming platforms, fans can follow the Wimbledon 2024 matches wherever they are, on a variety of devices, ensuring flexibility and easy access to live broadcasts.

Practical information

How to get there

The Wimbledon tennis tournament takes place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), in the Wimbledon district - 11 km southwest of central London.

Address: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club,Church Road,SW19 5AE, London

To get there, several options:

  • By tube: the nearest tube station is Southfields station on the District line (green). Upon exiting the station, numerous signs will guide you to the tournament venue - it's about a 15-minute walk.
  • By bus: bus line 493 connects Wimbledon station (trains, tubes, and trams) and Southfields tube station to the tournament venue. Get off the bus at the Wimbledon Tennis Club and Museum stop.
  • By taxi: if you choose a car service (taxi, mini-cab, Uber, etc.) to get to the tournament venue, expect to pay around £25 from/to central London and around £5 from/to Wimbledon station.
  • By car: use the postcodes SW19 5AG and SW19 5AF to locate the tournament venue on your GPS.

During the tournament and preparation period (May, June, July), prioritize public transport over driving as parking is limited.

Feel free to call the museum reception (Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum) at +44 20 8946 6131 to check parking availability.

You can also park in the numerous car parks in Wimbledon town center - just a few minutes' walk, bus, or taxi ride from the tournament venue.

Tennis players competing on a court at the The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Accommodation

Finding accommodation is essential to fully enjoy your stay in Wimbledon during the tournament.

Luxury hotels

For travelers with a comfortable budget, several high-end hotels are located near Wimbledon:

Mid-range hotels

For tighter budgets, opt for a mid-range hotel:

Budget options

Finally, for travelers on a tight budget, there are more economical options:

  • Travelodge London Raynes Park: a budget hotel offering simple but comfortable rooms, located a few minutes by train from Wimbledon.
  • Hostels and B&Bs: several hostels and bed and breakfasts in the area offer affordable accommodations. The Wimbledon Bed and Breakfast, for example, offers a welcoming and friendly experience at an affordable price.

Hotels generally offer amenities such as breakfast, Wi-Fi, and/or parking to ensure a comfortable and stress-free stay.

Vacation rentals

For those who prefer a more independent setting, vacation rentals can also be an excellent option. Platforms like Airbnb or Vrbo offer a variety of accommodations, from modern apartments to typical regional houses.

Choose accommodation well-served by public transport to facilitate your travel to the tournament. The nearby tube, train, and bus lines to Wimbledon are convenient and efficient.

Accommodations fill up quickly during the Wimbledon tournament, so it is advisable to book your lodging as early as possible to secure the best options and rates.

Accessibility

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) strives to provide accessible facilities for visitors and spectators with disabilities - including those who use a wheelchair.

A « Disabled » parking (Blue Badge) is available in car park 6.

It is advised to book your spot at +44 12 5649 2110.

Practical advice

Getting tickets for Wimbledon requires careful preparation and special attention:

  • Avoid unofficial resale sites: Wimbledon has strict policies to combat illegal ticket resale, ensuring that only purchases made through official channels are valid. Always make sure you buy your tickets from authorized sources to avoid disappointment.
  • Plan your journey in advance: the location of Wimbledon, in the southwest of London, makes planning your trip to the tournament essential. Using public transport is often the best option. Check schedules and routes in advance to avoid delays.
  • Book your accommodation in advance: with fans coming from all over the world, accommodation options near Wimbledon can fill up quickly. Booking in advance not only guarantees a better choice but can also offer better rates. Consider options in neighboring areas or in central London, where access to public transport to Wimbledon is convenient and reliable.
  • Prepare for your day: with the unpredictable English weather, it is wise to bring both sunscreen and an umbrella. Additionally, while Wimbledon offers many dining options, they can be costly. It is possible to bring your own food, but note that hard containers, thermoses over 500 ml, and picnic baskets, coolers, and camping chairs are not allowed.

History and achievements of Wimbledon

History of the tournament

Wimbledon, officially known as The Championships, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, having held its first edition in 1877. Organized by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, this tournament is renowned for its traditions, strict rules, and unparalleled prestige.

In this first tournament, 22 male participants competed, and Spencer Gore won this inaugural edition.

In 1884, Wimbledon introduced the ladies' singles, allowing women to compete for the first time. Maud Watson made history by becoming the first champion in this category. The ladies' doubles and mixed doubles competitions were added to the program in 1913, thus expanding the range of events.

Since the 1960s, Wimbledon has enforced a strict dress code, requiring players to wear predominantly white clothing. This rule aims to maintain a certain dignity and a classic image of the tournament.

A major change occurred in 2009 with the addition of a retractable roof on Centre Court. This innovation has prevented rain interruptions, ensuring that matches can proceed smoothly regardless of weather conditions.

Wimbledon stands out from other Grand Slam tournaments by its grass surface, a unique feature that demands specific skills from players. This fast surface favors an aggressive style of play and is synonymous with tradition and elegance in the tennis world.

Historic moments and legendary matches

Among the memorable historic moments, the rivalry between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe (in 1980) is often cited as one of the greatest duels in tennis history, with Borg winning his 5th consecutive title.

In 1988, Steffi Graf achieved the feat of winning the Grand Slam in a single year, crowned by her victory at Wimbledon.

Roger Federer dominated the tournament with 8 titles between 2003 and 2017, a record for men, while Serena Williams, with her 7 titles, made history with her impressive performances, notably after her maternity breaks.

Wimbledon winners

The Wimbledon winners list is rich and varied, with multiple champions and impressive records. In recent decades, several players have made history at the tournament with their remarkable performances, among the Wimbledon champions are:

  • Roger Federer: 8 titles (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017) - Federer holds the record for the most men's singles titles.
  • Pete Sampras: 7 titles (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000) - known for his powerful serve and aggressive play.
  • Novak Djokovic: 7 titles (2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022) - Djokovic has been a dominant force at Wimbledon over the past decade.
  • Bjorn Borg: 5 consecutive titles (1976-1980) - Borg was a tennis icon in the 70s.
  • Serena Williams: 7 titles (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016) - a legend of women's tennis.
  • Steffi Graf: 7 titles (1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996) - Graf dominated women's tennis in the 80s and 90s.
  • Martina Navratilova: 9 titles (1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990) - holds the record for most women's singles titles.

Notable records and statistics

  • Longest match: the match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in 2010, which lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes over three days, is the longest match in tennis history.
  • Youngest champion: Boris Becker became the youngest male Wimbledon champion in 1985 at the age of 17.
  • Most consecutive titles: Bjorn Borg and Roger Federer share the record of 5 consecutive titles in the Open Era*.

* The Open Era refers to the period starting in 1968 when tennis tournaments became open to all players, both amateurs and professionals.

Rules and traditions

Wimbledon is not only famous for its history and competitions but also for its specific regulations and unique traditions that contribute to its prestige and distinctive atmosphere.

Specific regulations

Wimbledon is known for its strict and unique rules that set this tournament apart from other Grand Slam events:

  • All-white dress code: since the 1960s, Wimbledon has enforced a strict dress code for players, requiring them to wear predominantly white clothing. This rule is meticulously observed and even extends to visible undergarments. The dress code aims to maintain the elegance and tradition of the tournament.
  • Rest days: Wimbledon has a unique tradition of not scheduling matches on the first Sunday of the tournament, known as « Middle Sunday ». This rest day allows players to recover. However, exceptions can be made in case of significant weather delays affecting the match schedule.
  • Use of Hawk-Eye technology: although Wimbledon is traditionally perceived as a conservative tournament, it has adopted Hawk-Eye technology for line judgments, allowing players to challenge umpire decisions on disputed balls.
  • Grass surface: the playing surface at Wimbledon is grass, which requires rigorous maintenance. The grass is cut to exactly 8 mm and regularly watered to maintain optimal playing conditions. This surface favors fast games and powerful serves.

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Traditions

Wimbledon is rich in traditions, some dating back to its inception. These traditions contribute to the unique atmosphere and global appeal of the tournament:

  • Strawberries and cream: strawberries and cream are an iconic culinary specialty of Wimbledon. Each year, approximately 28,000 kg of strawberries and 10,000 liters of cream are consumed during the tournament. This tradition dates back to the first tournament in 1877.
  • Royal family presence: the British royal family regularly attends the tournament, especially during the finals. Their presence adds a touch of prestige and glamour to the event. Players bow or curtsy to the Royal Box upon entering and leaving the court.
  • The Queue ritual: « The Queue » is a unique tradition where fans queue, sometimes for days, to purchase tickets for the day's matches. Those waiting in line receive numbered « queue cards » to ensure order and fairness in the queue. It is a social and cultural experience where fans from around the world gather to share their passion for tennis.
  • Ball boys and girls: ball boys and girls, often local school students, are rigorously trained and selected to ensure impeccable service on the courts. Their discreet and efficient presence is an integral part of the smooth running of the matches.
  • English service: at Wimbledon, alcoholic beverages can only be served in glass containers, a tradition that maintains a certain elegance and contrasts with the plastic containers commonly used at other sporting events.

Wimbledon is not just a premier tennis tournament; it is also a destination that offers a variety of events and related activities for visitors of all ages.

Wimbledon offers several programs and activities specifically designed for young fans to make their visit as enjoyable and memorable as possible:

  • Kids Zone: located in the exhibition park, the Kids Zone is an interactive play area where children can participate in various tennis-related activities. Workshops, games, and mini tennis lessons are offered to introduce young ones to the sport.
  • Creative workshops: drawing and crafting workshops are organized for children, allowing them to unleash their creativity while having fun around the theme of tennis.
  • Photo sessions with mascots: young visitors can meet and take photos with the official Wimbledon mascots, creating unforgettable memories.
  • Mini-tournaments: mini tennis tournaments are organized for children, giving them a chance to play on replica grass courts and feel the excitement of a match at Wimbledon.

During the tournament, the Wimbledon site transforms into a lively place with temporary exhibitions and special events that add to the festive atmosphere:

  • Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum: the museum offers permanent and temporary exhibitions that immerse visitors in the rich and fascinating history of Wimbledon. Interactive exhibits, trophy collections, and equipment from tennis legends provide a unique insight into the evolution of the tournament and the sport. Each year, the museum features temporary exhibitions on specific themes related to tennis and Wimbledon. These exhibitions may include retrospectives on historic matches, tributes to legendary players, or explorations of the cultural aspects of the tournament.
  • Guided tours: guided tours of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club are offered, allowing visitors to discover the behind-the-scenes of the tournament. These tours include exclusive access to the locker rooms, Centre Court, and other areas usually reserved for players and staff.
  • Signing events: during the tournament, signing sessions with famous tennis players are organized. It's an opportunity for fans to meet their idols and get autographs.
  • Conferences and discussions: conferences and discussions led by tennis experts, former players, and coaches are organized, offering in-depth analyses and fascinating anecdotes about the tournament and its participants.
  • Charity events: Wimbledon also organizes charity events during the tournament, including auctions and fundraisers, often attended by tennis stars and celebrities, to support various causes.

Partners and sponsors

Wimbledon, as one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world, enjoys the support of several official partners and sponsors. These collaborations play a crucial role in the event's success, offering not only financial support but also exclusive benefits and promotions to spectators and participants.

Official partners

The official partners of Wimbledon 2024 are carefully selected for their ability to support the event while respecting the values and traditions of the tournament:

  • Rolex: as the official timekeeper of Wimbledon, Rolex is a long-standing partner. The luxury watch brand is synonymous with precision and elegance, qualities that are reflected on the Wimbledon courts.
  • Slazenger: official supplier of the tennis balls used at Wimbledon, Slazenger is another historic brand associated with the tournament. The quality of the balls is crucial for player performance on the grass.
  • Evian: official mineral water partner, Evian provides refreshing beverages to players and spectators, ensuring optimal hydration during the tournament.
  • IBM: as the technology partner, IBM plays a key role in providing real-time statistics, data analysis, and technological innovations that enhance the experience for spectators and players.
  • Jaguar: official automotive partner, Jaguar provides the vehicles used to transport players, officials, and VIP guests during the tournament.
  • HSBC: official banking partner, HSBC offers various financial services and logistical support for the tournament's operations.
  • Lanson: as the official champagne supplier, Lanson adds a touch of luxury to the celebrations and receptions held during Wimbledon.

Benefits and promotions

The partners and sponsors of Wimbledon regularly offer special benefits and promotions to enrich the experience for spectators and fans:

  • Contests and sweepstakes: several sponsors, such as Rolex and Jaguar, organize contests allowing fans to win tickets to the tournament, branded products, or even exclusive VIP experiences at Wimbledon.
  • Special offers on products: during the tournament period, promotions on sponsors' products are often available. For example, Evian may offer limited edition bottles, and Slazenger may provide discounts on tennis equipment.
  • VIP experiences: partners like Lanson and HSBC offer VIP packages that include premium seating, access to exclusive lounges, gourmet meals, and meet-and-greets with tennis players. These experiences offer a luxurious way to enjoy the tournament.
  • Technological initiatives: IBM offers mobile apps and online services to follow live scores, analyze match statistics, and receive personalized updates. These technologies enhance fan engagement and interaction with the tournament.
  • Exclusive events: before and during the tournament, special events organized by sponsors offer unique opportunities to participate in autograph sessions with players, tennis demonstrations, and interactive conferences.
  • Banking promotions: HSBC may offer advantageous rates or exclusive financial services to Wimbledon ticket holders, adding extra value for customers.

Near Wimbledon

Visiting Wimbledon for the tournament is not just about watching tennis matches; there are many attractions and activities to discover in the area:

  • Henman Hill (or Murray Mound): Henman Hill (Henman Hill, also known as Murray Mound), is an iconic spot for tennis fans. Located in the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, it's where spectators without tickets for the main courts can watch the matches on a big screen in a friendly atmosphere. Bring a blanket, settle on the grass, and enjoy the unique atmosphere while watching the world's best players.
  • Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum: located on the tournament site, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is a must-visit for any tennis fan. This museum offers a fascinating insight into the history of the tournament, the evolution of the game, and the achievements of tennis legends. You can explore interactive exhibits, see the trophies, and even take a guided tour behind the scenes of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
  • Wimbledon Village: a short walk from the tennis courts, Wimbledon Village is a charming area offering a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes. Stroll through the picturesque streets, shop, or relax with a meal in one of the many welcoming establishments.
  • Wimbledon Common: for a nature break, head to Wimbledon Common, a vast green space ideal for a quiet walk, a picnic, or a bike ride. It's a perfect place to unwind after a busy day watching matches.
  • Buddhapadipa Temple: a bit further away, you can visit the Buddhapadipa Temple, a unique Thai Buddhist temple in London. This peaceful place is surrounded by beautiful gardens and offers a rich cultural experience.
  • Polka Theatre: if you are visiting London with children, the Polka Theatre is an excellent choice. This children's theatre offers a variety of shows and activities suitable for the youngest, providing an entertaining and educational break.
  • Southside House: for history enthusiasts, Southside House is a historic house located near Wimbledon Common. This house offers guided tours that will immerse you in the fascinating past of the area with anecdotes about its former residents and historical artifacts.

 

Attending the Wimbledon tournament, whether as a spectator on the legendary tennis courts or experiencing the unique adventure of « The Queue », is an unforgettable experience for any tennis fan. The key to fully enjoying this iconic event lies in preparation and knowing the best ways to acquire tickets, respecting traditions, and planning your visit carefully.

Whether you choose to try your luck via the public ballot (Public Ballot), immerse yourself in the direct experience of « The Queue », secure your spot through Ticketmaster, or opt for the comfort of hospitality packages offered by official resellers, each option offers its own flavor of Wimbledon excitement. Remember the importance of caution, avoiding unofficial resale sites, and planning, especially regarding your travel and accommodation.

Wimbledon is more than just a tennis tournament; it's a celebration of history, tradition, and sporting excellence. By following the practical tips mentioned in this article, you will maximize your chances not only of attending this grand spectacle but also of savoring every moment, from the first rallies to the final triumph on Centre Court.

As you prepare for your trip to Wimbledon, keep in mind that every moment spent there is a part of tennis history that you are experiencing firsthand. Enjoy every match, every serve, and, of course, the traditional strawberries and cream. Wimbledon awaits you to create memories that will last a lifetime.

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