The Best Places To Watch The Wimbledon Tennis This Summer
As the only Grand Slam tennis tournament still played on grass, the prestigious Wimbledon Tennis Championships continues to be a huge draw for fans across the world.
We’ve been lucky enough to get tickets in the ballot twice and whether you’re a tennis fan or not, it’s awe-inspiring to see world class tennis up close.
The 2019 tournament runs from July 1 to 14 inclusive and will see thousands of fans heading South West to the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
Tickets for the two-week event are in demand, with the majority only accessible via ballot, and the remaining tickets don’t come cheap.
But that doesn’t mean fans in London need to miss the action on the famous grass courts in SW19.
As well as the men’s and ladies’ singles finals, there are also:
to enjoy during the Wimbledon Tennis tournament, as well as four junior events:
boy’s and girls’ singles
boy’s and girls’ doubles.
The best players from across the world go head-to-head, chasing multi-million-pound prize pots and a chance to cement their place in tennis folklore.
In the men’s game, no one has beaten Roger Federer’s eight Wimbledon titles, while of those still playing in the women’s game, Serena Williams has lifted the trophy an incredible seven times.
Both will be hoping to secure their place in their respective finals, with the Women’s Singles’ Final on Saturday 13 July, and the Men’s Singles Final on Sunday 14 July.
How To Get tickets for Wimbledon
Although the tennis attracts a worldwide audience of millions each year, only a maximum of 39,000 spectators are allowed into the grounds at any one time.
Those tickets are distributed via public ballots, long-term debenture seats, by queueing on the day for a limited number of release tickets and via online sales the day before play.
The vast majority of tickets for the main courts – Centre Court, No.1 Court and Number 2 Court – are sold via ballots, months in advance of the action getting underway.
Around 500 tickets for each of the three courts, as well as a limited number of Grounds Passes, are available to those who want to queue up each day – this often involves camping at the grounds for at least one night.
Wristbands are allocated from 7.30am to those in the queue on Church Road leading to Gate 3.
The grounds open at 9.30 and no wristband for the show courts means no ticket, although Grounds Passes could still be available.
Note also that all tickets for the final four days of the tournament are sold in advance.
A big screen on Murray Mound (or Henman Hill), a strip of high ground adjacent to Court No. 1 is a go-to for those with Grounds Passes who are keen to see the elite stars in action.
How To Get to Wimbledon
For those with a ticket to Wimbledon, it’s recommended to use public transport to access the All England Lawn Tennis Club as parking options are limited.
District Line services on the London Underground run regularly and the entrance to Wimbledon is around a 15-minute walk from Southfields.
South West Trains services run from Waterloo Station to Wimbledon Station, with the walk to the venue taking around 30 minutes.
Where to watch the tennis at Wimbledon
With tickets for Wimbledon in such high demand, it’s still possible to enjoy the action in the heart of London on one of several big screens.
Granary Square, King’s Cross
The canal side steps in Granary Square will show coverage of Wimbledon until at least 8pm each evening, with screenings continuing if key matches are not finished.
The screenings form part of the Everyman Summer Love Film Festival and the KERB street food market and a pop-up bar will provide refreshments.
When? 1-14 July
Merchant Square, Paddington
Hidden away alongside the canal in the Paddington Basin, tennis will once again be shown on the big screen in Merchant Square.
Relax in deckchairs and on beanbags, and tuck into an array of delicious street food on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
When? 1-14 July
British Summer Time, Hyde Park
As part of the Open House week of British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park, visitors can enjoy outdoor cinema, food markets and free Wimbledon screenings on four weekdays from 12pm, alongside delicious portions of strawberries and cream.
Note that the championship finals will not be screened.
When? 8-11 July
The Piazza, Wimbledon
For those unable to secure a ticket to the All England Lawn Tennis Club, screenings will take place on The Piazza near to Wimbledon station, with an abundance of colourful deckchairs available for fans.
When? 1-14 July
Cardinal Place Roof Garden
With free screenings taking place throughout the tournament at the Cardinal Place Roof Garden, visitors will need to arrive early to grab a deckchair or one of the big Union Jack cushions.
When? 1-14 July
The Pimm’s Garden at Flat Iron Square, 64 Southwark St, London SE1 1RU
The Pimm’s Garden will recreate a traditional English garden and have screens to watch the best of the summer’s sport, including Wimbledon, until the end of August.
You can compete with your friends in an array of free ‘garden games’, including corn hole, garden Jenga and mini-tennis, which includes it’s very own umpire chair to ensure fair play at all times.
The garden, which includes stripey deckchairs, picnic benches, flower garlands and a photo-ready flower wall on a perfectly manicured English lawn, is the perfect place to enjoy a spot of sport with a PIMM’S in hand.
As well as Wimbledon, other sporting events will be shown throughout the summer months.
The garden is free to enter throughout the summer, and will be available on a first come, first served basis.
It’ll always be PIMM’S o’clock with frozen PIMM’S POPS and the traditional PIMM’S No.1 drink, served in both classic and Spritz form.
When? 1 July – 31 August
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