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How to get Wimbledon tickets

Missed out on the ballot? There's still the chance to snag yourself a ticket. Here's how…

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Since 1924, Wimbledon has operated a Public Ballot system, in order to make applying for tickets to the annual tournament as fair as possible. However, success is by no means guaranteed, and you need to be organised; the ballot typically opens in September for the following summer's tournament and closes four months later at the end of December. You're also not able to request tickets for certain days or matches; the date and court are randomly allocated by a computer system, meaning lots of hopeful customers are left disappointed.

Weren't lucky in this year's ballot? Or missed it completely? Here's how you can still be in with a chance of securing those coveted tickets.


A limited number of Centre Court and Number Three Court tickets will be available through Ticketmaster for matches the following day. Make sure you sign up to the Wimbledon newsletter for advance warning of their release. In previous years, they've gone on sale at about 9am, so get your multiple browser windows ready.

Hospitality tickets

There are tickets advertised on websites like Seatwave and corporate ticket providers such as Keith Prowse, but they come at a cost. Through Keith Prowse you can get tickets for Centre Court on the second Thursday with access to the Gatsby Club, a three-course lunch, afternoon tea and a free bar.

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The queue

Short of paying for hospitality tickets, this is probably your best chance of getting in on the action. On every day of play, there will be a limited number of tickets available for Centre Court, Court One and Court Two, except for the last four days of the tournament, where Centre Court tickets are sold in advance. If you miss out on these, there are also general ground passes available for unreserved seating and standing room on Courts 3 –19.

Tips for tackling the queue:

  • Stewards start issuing wristbands for tickets at approximately 7:30am, so for your best chance of top-tier tickets, you'll need to arrive before 5pm the evening before and camp overnight. On arrival, you'll be given a time-stamped ticket that saves your place and you're then free to pitch your tent and leave the site to go for dinner. Just make sure you're back by 10pm that evening.
  • If you can't face camping overnight and you're happy with Courts 3 –19 or ground tickets, arriving at the queue at 7am should get you in by lunchtime at the latest.
    • As time is of the essence, take note that the Gate Three queuing turnstiles and the campsite at Wimbledon Golf Club are nearer to Southfields station than Wimbledon station.
      • Take plenty of cash. Cards are not accepted and if you're after a top-tier ticket, we'd recommend taking £150 in case (you don't want to get there and miss out because you didn't have enough money on you).
        • Take plenty of food and water. You can't leave the queue once you're in it and opportunities to buy supplies are few and far between. You can take the equivalent of one standard-sized bottle of wine or champagne, two cans of beer or two cans of a pre-mixed drink into the grounds; no spirits are allowed.

          Resale tickets

          This involves queuing for a ground pass first, but once you're in, you should head to the ticket resale stand, where tickets from those who had seats but left early can cost as little as £5 – £10 (the proceeds go to charity.) They'll start to go on sale after the first match, so head there from about 2pm. Its location is displayed on this Wimbledon map.

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