On a whim, considering that we have very (very) few days left here, we thought we’d see if we could get into Wimbledon.
On the day tickets are difficult to get. Or so they say. The Wimbledon website agrees and tells you how to queue for tickets.
Armed with the ‘Guide to Queueing’ (yes, there is such a publication), we were expecting long lines of hungry people baking in the sun. No such joy. We got there at about noon and just breezed in. Tickets were easily available. Expensive, but I guess you get your money’s worth the longer you stay. Ground tickets (at £17 per head) allow you entry, access to Court 2 (standing) and all courts from 3-18. Only Centre Court, Court 1 are not included.
Our timing was perfect. The first match of the day on Court 2 was the Gentlemen’s Doubles Quarter Finals starring Leander Paes. We were lucky to see him play, I guess. A superb coincidence.
The match itself was fun. Paes & Dlouhy (CZE) beat the two Israeli players in straight sets 6-3.6-3, 6-3. Paes was easily the better player of all four. Some of his serves went over the court boundaries, prompting an Indian lady to quip that ‘This is not cricket!’
A lovely day for tennis (supposedly the hottest day of the year so far), the grounds were packed with girls in summer dresses, barely-there shorts and red, sun-burnt skin. Also spotted one of the Amritraj brothers. I think it was Vijay, but he looked too ‘grungy’ for me to be sure.
If you can make it one of these days, I recommend it highly. It is a fun experience and something to do when you’re in England. If we had known it was this easy to get in, we’d have gone every year.
Take the District Line to Wimbledon. Get off at Southfields (2 stops before Wimbledon). You can wait for the bus to the Championships (£2 per ticket, flat fee), take a shared taxi (£2.50 each) or do what everybody else does – walk. A short walk from Southfields (about 10-15 minutes) takes you to 2 separate routes for Ticket Holders and Non-Ticket Holders. Get through the right route and you’ll be fine.