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Get Tickets for Wimbledon Tennis: How to Enter the Ballot for 2023

Beth is an ardent tennis fan. She has been to the Wimbledon tennis tournament several times and will be there again this year.

Centre Court, Wimbledon 2022; hot enough for tennis stars to need some shade.

Centre Court, Wimbledon 2022; hot enough for tennis stars to need some shade.

Wimbledon Championship Dates

The All England Wimbledon Tennis Championships take place on the following dates.

  • Monday 26th June to Sunday 9th July 2023
  • Monday 24th June to Sunday 7th July 2024

Ticket sales are limited to one pair of tickets per household. You will be able to apply for 2023 tickets via the Official Wimbledon App at the end of 2022. All tickets are non-transferable.

Enter the Public Ballot for Wimbledon Tickets

To get tickets for the Wimbledon tennis tournament at their original price, you need to plan ahead.

  • The ballot is public and open to everyone.
  • There's no charge to enter the ballot, but if you're offered the chance to buy (up to two tickets), you would need to pay immediately and in full to reserve them. There is no penalty if you decide not to take up this offer.
  • You enter the ballot for Wimbledon tennis tickets via the official Wimbledon site.
  • The ballot is only open for a limited period. All completed ballot applications for the 2023 season must be received by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) by 30th December 2022.
  • Successful applicants will be notified of their ticket allocation from February 2023 onwards.
  • If you're unsuccessful in the ballot, try queuing on the day. Get there early and be prepared to wait in line for several hours, or even overnight.

What Is "The Queue" at Wimbledon?

If you want to watch the tennis, but have missed out on getting a ticket, you can join The Wimbledon Queue. The AELTC says, "The Queue is a Wimbledon institution, an orderly, sunny-natured party on the move, where the timeless tournament spirit descends in the form of order maintained by cheery Honorary Stewards according to the Queue’s own Official Code of Conduct (no smoking, no gazebos, no food deliveries, music or ball games after 10pm)."

Many people look forward to The Queue and treat it like a kind of mini-festival. You should bring a tent and food to camp out overnight to be at the front of the line. It's a sociable event, and friendships are made as you wait. Ben Chatfield is a tennis fan who has enjoyed the queuing experience for many years. His book, Standing in Line: A Memoir: 30 Years of Obsessive Queuing at Wimbledon, gives many tips on how to see the Wimbledon tournament for the lowest cost.

The Wimbledon Queue

When Will Wimbledon Tickets For 2023 Be On Sale?

The 136th Wimbledon tennis championships are from Monday 26 June to Sunday 09 July 2023. The period for entering the public ballot for 2023 tickets ends on 31st December 2022. (A ballot is a type of lottery.) You can also buy tickets on the day of the event by joining The Queue (see above).

The 2023 ballot entry will open online via the official All England Lawn Tennis Championships website in September 2022. The ballot is always oversubscribed, and there is no guarantee that by entering it you will get the opportunity to buy tickets. However, if you do not enter, then you will definitely not have this chance. Get ready for 2023, and mark your diary to check the official Wimbledon site later this year.

How to Buy Resale (or Returned) Tickets

Not everyone is sufficiently organized to apply for match tickets via the postal ballot. Entering the ballot means planning a year ahead, and many of us like to do things more spontaneously. So, another way to buy tickets at a reasonable price is to queue for resale or return tickets on the day of the event.

There is an official Wimbledon waiting line called The Queue. The tickets you buy here have been returned to the booking office to be offered (legitimately) for resale. Hundreds of people queue and camp out overnight in order to get them. You will be given a numbered queue card to show your place in the line. The wait is a long one, but is usually worth it if you have patience.

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How Much Do Wimbledon Tickets Cost?

Ticket prices relate to how far along the tournament is. At the start of the tournament, the prices are lowest. If you want to watch semi-final or final matches, it will cost a lot more. The Centre Court and Court No. 1 have the highest prices as these are where you are most likely to see seeded players. For example, in 2022, the best Centre Court seat ticket on the first day will be £75. For the 14th day (finals day), the same seat in Centre Court will be £240. The tickets are non-transferable and cannot be resold.

Is It Worth Getting a Grounds Admission Ticket?

If you just want to soak up the atmosphere of summer tennis, you can buy a grounds admission ticket. These give access to the grounds but not to the enclosed courts. Live tennis is streamed to the outside audience via several huge TV screens located around the grounds. The price of a grounds admission ticket (£27 in 2022) is higher at the start of the fortnight than at the end. This is because crowds increase through the fortnight, which puts pressure on the facilities.

A grounds ticket does not include the right to sit down. The more crowded the grounds are, the less chance you have of comfortably enjoying the day. The only place to sit is the grassed area nicknamed Henman's Hill or Murray's Mount. By the end of the fortnight this area is standing room only. Grounds tickets sound a bargain but remember they do not include a seat or any cover from sun or rain. Even die-hard tennis fans will find 10 hours is a long time to stand all day.

Roger Federer has won eight Wimbledon titles.

Roger Federer has won eight Wimbledon titles.

Don’t Get Caught by Ticket Scams or Touts

There are many scammers out to make a quick buck from your love of sport. Don’t be tempted to buy Wimbledon tickets from online resellers or ticket touts outside the grounds. They will be illegal sales and you will not be able to use them on the day of the event. The official Wimbledon public ticket ballot via their website is the only legitimate way to buy match tickets in advance at their original face value.

If you are successful and get match tickets, the official Wimbledon website has lots of useful information to help plan your visit. An A-Z of frequently asked questions includes advice on where you can park your bicycle, the availability of food and drink for special diets, as well as detailing transport options to get to the grounds. There is also an AELTC tennis museum and tours of the facility if you want to make the most of your visit to Wimbledon.

You could buy a hospitality package via a tour operator that includes tickets to the tournament. However, the tickets you obtain in this way will have their price inflated to include a large profit for the operator. It's not just scammers that take advantage of the huge demand for Wimbledon tennis fortnight tickets.

Official Wimbledon Website and App

For further information about the tournament, check out the Wimbledon website.

To enter the ballot for tickets, download the official app from the Apple App Store or from the Google Play Store.

Andy Murray and Serena Williams competing in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon 2019.

Andy Murray and Serena Williams competing in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon 2019.

Summer Weather in England

Summer weather is unpredictable in the UK. It can be a heat wave or a torrential rainstorm during Wimbledon fortnight. The viewing stands and outside spectator areas are not covered; they are open to the elements. You may get soaked from heavy rain or sunburnt from strong sunshine. You need to be prepared if you want to enjoy the tennis. Remember to take SPF 30+ sun-cream and an umbrella with you.