The BAZAAR Guide To Wimbledon 2019

BY Naomi Chadderton / Jun 27 2019 / 18:47 PM

As London’s biggest summer sporting event kicks off next week, here’s everything you need to know if you’re planning on making a trip across the pond…

The BAZAAR Guide To Wimbledon 2019
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Wimbledon 2019 tickets are arguably the most sought-after tickets of the year, but whether you were lucky enough to secure court-side seats or not, there’s still a chance to see your favourite players up close.

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Everything You Need To Know

Event Dates
Qualifying: June 24th – 27th, 2019
Main Draw: July 1st – 14th, 2019

Session Timings
Centre Court & No.1 Court play at 1pm for the majority of the event but shift to 2pm for the Finals’ weekend. Play on all other courts starts at 11.30am for the first eight days and then moves to 11am on the middle Saturday for the remainder of the event. The grounds open at 10.30am.

Food & Drink
You can bring food and drink with you, but hard-sided items such as picnic hampers/cool boxes and picnic chairs are barred from the grounds.

Who’s Playing?
Serena Williams and French Open champion Ashleigh Barty are in the mix while Brit Johanna Konta remains a dark horse for the women’s title.

Despite being world No 2, Spain’s Rafael Nadal has been seeded in third place behind top-ranked Novak Djokovic, with Roger Federer in at number 2.

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Queuing Hacks
Queuing all day and night can be thirsty work, so Lavazza – the official coffee of the Wimbledon Championships – offers its top tips on surviving the queue to ensure you ace your experience:

Stay in the line - It wouldn’t be a British tennis tournament if there were no rules. The main one is queue-jumping is not tolerated. Each hopeful who joins the queue is given a ‘queue-card’, which is numbered and dated to prevent anyone skipping the line – you’ve been warned.

‘Set’ yourself up for success - Experienced Wimbledon goers know that 1,000 tickets are allocated for Centre Court and Courts 1 and 2 each day during the Wimbledon Championships, alongside an unlimited number of ground passes. Those who are willing to have an early start are the most likely to pick up a ticket. To give yourself the best chance, begin queuing at 6am.

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail - Don’t get caught in a downpour – be sure to check the weather forecast before you set out to join the queue. If the sun does come out (for once!), make sure you’ve packed sun cream.

Contactless-free-zone - Don’t forget to get cash out before you join the queue. Ticket purchases at the queue are cash only, so crack open your piggybanks in advance.

Leave your baggage at the door - Whether you’re in the queue, or have made your way inside, each person is only entitled to one bag (measuring no more than 40x30x30cm).

Refuel and rehydrate - You may be queue-ing for a long time before being admitted entry, but this is all part of the fun. While you wait, make sure you have enough food and water to keep you going.

Good luck!