Wimbledon 2019: Can you queue for tickets for the finals on Centre Court?

The 2019 Wimbledon Championships are drawing to a close

Sabrina Barr
Friday 12 July 2019 15:32
Wimbledon Championships in numbers

Over the past two weeks, the crowds at the All England Lawn Tennis Club have watched in awe as the participants of the Wimbledon Championships have aced, lobbed and volleyed their way to glory.

All the blood, sweat and tears have bottled down to this – the chance to compete in the Wimbledon finals.

The chance to watch individual players and doubles team make tennis history on Centre Court is particularly special for tennis fans for whom going to Wimbledon is an annual highlight.

Some wake up at the crack of dawn in order to join the Wimbledon queue in an attempt to purchase Show Court (Centre Court, No 1 Court and No 2 Court) tickets on the day, while others attain their tickets by entering the public ballot months in advance.

However, is it possible to attain tickets for the Wimbledon finals being played on Centre Court by joining the queue from the early hours of the morning or overnight?

Unfortunately, tickets for the women's singles, men's singles and doubles finals being played on the prestigious court will not be available for those in the early morning queue.

The website for the Wimbledon Championships states that a limited number of tickets are released every day for matches being played on Centre Court, No 1 Court and No 2 Court throughout the tournament.

Nonetheless, this excludes the last four days of the competition, during which tickets for Centre Court are sold in advance.

So, if you thought you could camp out on Friday and Saturday night for a chance to watch tennis legends including Serena Williams and Simona Halep battle it out for the top prizes on Centre Court, think again.

However, all is not lost, as there may still be another way for you to get your hands on Centre Court tickets.

Individuals who have already purchased grounds passes for Wimbledon may be able to obtain Centre Court tickets by heading to the Ticket Resale Kiosk within the grounds, which is located north of Court 18 near the top of St Mary's Walk, the Wimbledon website states.

When ticket holders at Wimbledon leave Show Courts, they are encouraged to have the barcodes on their tickets scanned.

This allows a new ticket for their seat to be generated, which can then be bought for a reduced price from the Ticket Resale Kiosk up until the end of the Championships.

All proceeds from ticket resales are donated to the Wimbledon Foundation, which supports several charities and community organisations.

The Wimbledon website states that "subject to availability, returned Show Court tickets can be purchased daily not before 3pm".

If you are unable to obtain a Centre Court ticket from the Ticket Resale Kiosk, then you can still soak up the atmosphere from elsewhere.

"Henman Hill", otherwise known as "Murray Mound", is a popular spot at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at which to watch Wimbledon matches on the big screen.

So, should you still wish to watch the final matches of the tournament from within the Grand Slam's southwest London grounds, then you can join the early morning queue and purchase a grounds pass.

You can be sure that the grassy area will draw big crowds, Pimm's and strawberries and cream in tow.

For the lowdown on how to queue for grounds passes and court tickets and how to apply for ballot entry at Wimbledon, click here.

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