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When Can You Buy Tickets For Wimbledon 2021?
The 134th Wimbledon tennis championships are from 28th June to 11th July 2021. This year is unusual in that there will be no public ballot for 2021 tournament tickets. The All England Lawn Tennis Association (AELTA) has decided to give first preference to the people who would have attended the cancelled 2020 championships.
For 2021 only, if you want to see live tennis at Wimbledon, you will have to either queue on the day, or buy tickets via an agent. Whatever you do, don't buy one from a ticket tout; their tickets are invalid and you will be stopped from entering the grounds.
When Will Wimbledon Tickets For 2022 Be On Sale?
The 135th Wimbledon tennis championships are from 27th June to 10th July 2022. The period for entering the public ballot for 2022 tickets ends on 31st December 2021. (A ballot is a type of lottery.) You can also buy tickets on the day; there are details at the end of this article how to do this. The 2022 ballot entry opens online at the end of September 2021 on the official All England Lawn Tennis Championships website. 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.
How to Obtain Wimbledon Tickets
To get tickets for the Wimbledon tennis tournament at their original price, you need to plan ahead.
- To enter the Wimbledon Public Ballot 2022, you must join myWIMBLEDON. This is a free online account that you sign up for on the official Wimbledon website, Wimbledon.com
- Complete your entry as soon as possible. You don't want to miss the December closing date just because you've been distracted by Christmas celebrations.
- The results of the ballot are sent in February/ March. Failure to formally accept the offer in time will result in your tickets being re-offered to another entrant in the ballot.
- 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.
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.
Enter the Public Ballot for Wimbledon Tickets
- The ballot is public and open to everyone.
- Applications must be made online.
- There is no charge to enter the ballot, but if you are 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 online application site.
- The ballot is only open for a limited period. All completed ballot applications for the 2022 season must be received by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) by 30th December 2021.
- Successful applicants will be notified of their ticket allocation from February 2022 onwards.
How Much Do Wimbledon Tickets Cost?
Ticket prices relate to how far along the tournament is. At the start of the tournement the prices are lowest. If you want to watch semi-final or final matches, you will pay a much higher price. 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 2019, Centre Court tickets on the first day are £64. For the 13th and final day of competition, Centre Court tickets are £225.
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. These tickets 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.
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 ticket (£25 in 2019) is higher at the start of the fortnight than at the end. This is because crowds increase through the fortnight putting pressure on the facilities. A grounds ticket does not include the right to sit down and 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.
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.
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.
Wimbledon Dates 2021 and 2022
The next two tennis championships dates are:
- 28 June to 11 July 2021
- 27 June to 10 July 2022
Get ready for 2022, make a note in your diary to check the official Wimbledon site in August 2021. The date for entering the ballot for tickets is published then.