Get Tickets for Wimbledon Tennis: How to Enter the Ballot for 2021

Updated on May 6, 2020
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Cori (Coco) Gauff, aged 15 years, beat 5-times Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the opening round of the 2019 tournement.
Cori (Coco) Gauff, aged 15 years, beat 5-times Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the opening round of the 2019 tournement. | Source

Wimbledon 2020 Cancelled

The Wimbledon Championships 2020 have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 134th Wimbledon tennis tournament will now take place from 28 June to 11 July 2021.

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When Can You Buy Tickets For Wimbledon 2021?

The Wimbledon tennis championships are from 28th June 2021 to 11th July 2021. The period for entering the public ballot for 2021 tickets ends on 31st December 2020. (A ballot is a type of lottery.) You can also buy tickets on the day; see the end of this article for details about queuing for day tickets, ignoring ticket touts.

The 2021 ballot entry will open at the end of September 2020 on the official All England Lawn Tennis Championships website. The ballot is always oversubscribed so there is no guarantee that by entering you will be given 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 think ahead.

  • To enter the Wimbledon Public Ballot 2021, you will need to join myWimbledon. This account is free and is 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.
  • Keep an eye out for the results of the ballot in February/ March. If you know you'll be away from home, get a friend to check your mail for you. Failure to formally accept the offer in time will result in your tickets being re-offered to another entrant in the ballot. I use this free appointment planner app to remind me when the special letter with the ballot results is likely to arrive.
  • If you're not successful 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.

Alexander Peya Wimbledon Championships 2018
Alexander Peya Wimbledon Championships 2018 | Source

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 2021, make a note in your diary to check the official Wimbledon site in August 2020. The date for entering the ballot for tickets is published then.

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 2021 season must be received by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) by 30th December 2020.
  • Successful applicants will be notified of their ticket allocation from February 2021 onwards.

How to Get Court Tickets on the Day

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.

Resale or returned 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 these tickets. You will be given a numbered queue card to show your place in the line. The video below shows one fan’s experience of a good-humored wait to get some Wimbledon tickets.

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.

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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 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.

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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.

Venus Williams serves a tie-breaker at Wimbledon 2017.
Venus Williams serves a tie-breaker at Wimbledon 2017. | Source

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.

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  • Beth Eaglescliffe profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Eaglescliffe 

    9 months ago from UK

    Yes, by registering on the official Wimbledon website you have entered the ballot for tickets. Like any lottery you have to be in it to win it.

    Your chance of being offered tickets for sale is the same as each of the other entrants. It's a nail-biting wait for the next few months until you know the outcome. Good luck!

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    Nigels Mummy 

    9 months ago

    Hi - I have registered - is that all I need to do in order to enter the public ballot for tickets to Wimbledon? I presume I just wait to have an invite to buy tickets or not as the case may be!

  • Beth Eaglescliffe profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Eaglescliffe 

    16 months ago from UK

    It's well worth entering the ballot. I got lucky the very first time I entered with an allocation for the men's singles final.

    The tickets in the Ballot are for seats in one of the covered courts. These covered court tickets allow the holder free access to the grounds too. However, match days are literally standing room only. Even the walkways between the courts are full of people.

    Spectators who have only bought a Grounds Pass will have queued all night for their tickets and they will defend their hard-won spaces on the outer courts against all-comers. If you want to have a good look around the grounds it is better to visit on a non-match day and take a guided tour of the site.

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    Bill De Giulio 

    16 months ago from Massachusetts

    Great hub Beth. I have wanted to attend Wimbledon for years and was never quite sure how to go about obtaining tickets. I will follow your process and maybe I'll be able to snag a couple tickets for 2020. So, a question for you. I gather that if one is able to get Court tickets that does not include a grounds admission with it? With just Court tickets are you also able to watch matches on the outer courts? Or do you need to also purchase the grounds admission? Thanks.

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