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Francesco Volpe  Identity Verified
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Jun 10, 2003

Hi all,

I'm asking help to tennis-lovers colleagues.

I'm planning a short trip to London in occasion of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and I would like to know from colleages living or working in the London area if there is a different way other than queuing to get tickets (first week).

I've checked the Wimbledon web site and this seems the only and least expensive way.

If queuing is the only solution, does anybody know how much time in advance should one be there?

Any suggestions and tips are very welcome.

Thank you

[Edited at 2003-06-10 14:12]


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Dave Greatrix  Identity Verified
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Bring a tent Jun 10, 2003

[quote]Francesco Volpe wrote:

Hi all,

"I'm planning a short trip to London in would like to know from colleages living or working in the London area if there is a different way other than queuing to get tickets (first week)."

There are plenty of games on the outside courts, where cheapish tickets should not be a problem at the gate. However for Centre Court and Number One Court, you will have to join the queue at least 24 hours before the match is due to commence, especially if Rusedski, Henman, Agassi, Hewitt, etc. are due to play.

Most of the "big" games can be seen on a massive screen outside the stadium on "Henman Hill"

Tickets can always be bought on the streets for almost any match from guys called "ticket touts", but you'll need plenty of money.

Hope this helps.


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Paul Lambert  Identity Verified
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Queue queue queue!!! Jun 10, 2003

Have been down a few times and was lucky enough to get tickets for Centre Court - but only because of family connections! You have a chance of getting a ticket for the big courts if you queue, but tickets for the outside courts are generally more easily available. If it's the Wimbledon atmosphere you're after though, Henman Hill is as good a place as any! Have fun!

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Sonia Hill
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Queue Jun 11, 2003

I went a couple of years ago and queued up in the rain from 4 a.m. We managed to get tickets for number 1 court fairly cheaply (only just missing the cut-off point for centre court). If it is not raining you will need to queue up from the evening before, especially if Henman is playing. In fact, when we left there was already a very long queue for the next day.
The only other way to get tickets is to apply a very long time in advance and your name will be put into a draw.
It is definitely worth going, even if you have to queue up for hours in the rain


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Francesco Volpe  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Jun 11, 2003

Dear all,

thank you so much for your suggestions. I'll definitely start queuing up very early in the morning hoping to get a good ticket.

Thanks again

Francesco


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