Memories of Novak Djokovic’s victory over Roger Federer in the men’s final of Wimbledon 2015 may still be fresh in the mind, but tennis fans are already making arrangements to secure their place on centre court for next year’s tournament.
To be in with a chance of maybe witnessing Serena Williams retain here women’s crown, or at the very least sampling the traditional strawberries, Pimm’s and Champagne on one of the outer courts, here’s our guide to securing tickets for the 2016 tournament. But be quick! Tickets for next year’s Wimbledon finals are already on sale.
Four ways to get your hands on Wimbledon 2016 tickets
Rather than applying via the website, the All England Club insists that you fill out an application form. Sounds simple enough, surely all you have to do is download it, right? Wrong. The tournament organisers insist you send a stamped addressed envelope to the club and they will send you the aforementioned application via the post.
And to make the process as complicated as possible there are two different addresses you need to have in mind to complete the process. AELTC, PO BOX 98, London SW19 5AE is the address that you send your SAE to and AELTC, PO BOX 67611 London SW19 9DT is where you need to send your completed application.
The form should usually arrive within two weeks and after its return to the AELTC, the Wimbledon organisers will place your name and the number of tickets requested into the ballot box.
The ballot opens on 1 September and closes on 31 December. However, just because you haven’t heard anything for months it doesn’t actually mean that you are out of the running. The ballot actually begins in February and concludes one week before the opening match.
But just because you have applied doesn’t actually secure you a ticket, so should you be unlucky here are a few other ways you could be stepping out at Wimbledon next year.
The Wimbledon website will reassure you that hundreds of tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster for the following day for the Centre Court and Court 1.
But beware that you may have to spend hours on the internet stuck in a queue while trying to obtain tickets. If you want to be kept in the loop as to what’s on offer, you should sign up to the Wimbledon newsletter.
The Wimbledon queue
Sadly, for many tennis fans the only option is to queue up. This means facing days or even weeks of unpredictable English weather just to get your hands on a couple of tickets. You will probably have to camp out, what’s more you will need a substantial amount of cash on you as Wimbledon will not let you pay by card. But the tickets that go on sale are for Centre Court and Courts 1 and 2 meaning that if you’re lucky you may just be in with a chance to see Federer or Nadal showing off their fantastic skills to an adoring crowd.
These tickets are well worth it. They may cost hundreds if not thousands of pounds, but you get an experience to match the price. These types of packages come with fine food and good quality alcohol. But keep in mind this is only for one day at Wimbledon – if you want unlimited access you’d have to look at purchasing a debenture; these are on a whole other level altogether and only for the most devoted of tennis fans.
Wimbledon is a fantastic two weeks of the year and the grand slam is watched across the world by tennis fans. For those lucky enough to get to see their heroes it’s an unforgettable experience. It’s best to be organised in advance; have your stamped addressed envelopes at the ready and put your name in for the ballot. Good luck, and we hope to see you there next year!