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How To Get Wimbledon Tickets: A Step By Step Guide

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Three Wimbledon flags flying in the wind
The Championships are back for 2024, and everyone is allowed to play. Who’s your pick to win, and how do you feel about your chances of getting a ticket this year?

So you are a tennis fan and have always dreamed of going to Wimbledon but are not sure where to start. Well, rightly so! It is the hardest Grand Slam tennis tournament to gain access to. But who better to learn from than someone who has been through this escapade in my venture to attend my first Grand Slam in the English countryside?

Getting tickets for this tennis tournament is no easy feat, and not for the impatient fan. So since I was successful with getting onto the grounds on my first try, I figured I’d pass along some tips to find your way into Wimbledon. Keep in mind that there are a few other options, but these are your two best and most affordable bets for getting in the gate.

The 2024 Lottery

The 2024 Championships are scheduled to take place this year from July 1-14, 2024. The application phase for the Wimbledon Public Ballot was from September 26, 2023, until Tuesday, October 10 at 23:59 BST. The application phase is now closed.

Ticket Packages And Experiences

If you didn’t win the lottery or don’t fancy your chances, there are ticket packages available for sale via Keith Prowse’s Wimbledon Hospitality.

Enter The Lottery (aka Public Ballot):

The All England Lawn Club tries its best to create an equal opportunity for all people throughout the world to gain access to this tennis tradition. This is also commonly referred to as the Public Ballot.

And luckily, the process is much simpler than it used to be (before 2014, the All English Club used snail mail delivery for all communication, and the process was still a hybrid until 2019)!

We put our name in the hat for the ballot every year, but sadly, we have yet to be awarded tickets. Our first try in 2013 led us to the next best option – queuing (more on that below).

Step 1: Create A New Account With myWIMBLEDON

myWIMBLEDON login screenshot.
You will need a username (email) and password to enter the lottery for tennis tickets. You can also login using Apple, Facebook or a Google account.

The first step is to sign up for the new website, MyWimbledon.com, and create an account.

myWIMBLEDON email verification confirmation screenshot.
Verifying your email is easy to do and helps maintain ticket security. You’ll also accept the Terms of Use.

When you next log in to your myWIMBLEDON profile, you will be asked to verify your email address.

myWIMBLEDON sign up confirmation email screenshot.
You can create an account and register for a ballot before the actual lotto opens.

Step 2: Register For The Lottery/Ballot

Once you are logged into your new myWIMBLEDON account and the lotto is open, you can register for the Ballot. This is a free application ballot, but it is only available in the Fall. After that time, you will have missed your chance for lottery tickets to Wimbledon. The application asks a few questions like your name, contact info, and how many tickets.

Tip: Be sure to add info@aeltc-email.com to your safe email senders list so you don’t miss any notifications, as email is how you’ll be notified if selected.

You will receive a confirmation email to finalize your registration for the ballot (confirm within 24 hours of signing up). Once you are successfully registered, you will receive an email confirming your status.

Step 3: Apply For Public Ballot Tickets

Wimbledon 2024 ballot confirmation email.
You will get an email confirmation with your customer contact number and application number.

If you have registered, you should receive an email letting you know when it is time to complete the application for the public ballot. However, if you miss the email, you can always log in to MyWimbeldon.com during the month of November to complete your application form.

Wimbledon ballot status screenshot.
Once you enter the lottery, you can log in to myWIMBLEDON at any time to check the status of your ballot.

Requirements:

  1. You must have an email address that will be active throughout the tournament year.
  2. Only one application per household is admissible.
  3. Tickets will be required to be picked up on the day of the event at the All England Lawn Club and are non-transferable.
  4. You cannot pick which date or event your ballot tickets will be for, so flexibility is key for this option.

History Of The Public Ballot

This public ballot process was introduced in 1924. Originally, the drawing was done by hand, but today’s technology allows the random selection to be performed by a computer. While this random selection does allow equal opportunity for tickets, there are always more people who apply for tickets than tickets available to be awarded, so be prepared to be delighted or disappointed. The waiting game is quite fun if you have the patience for months of anticipation, but it’s all worth it for the moment when you receive notice from the All England Lawn Club letting you know you were selected for seats!

Online Application For Non-Residents

While it may not seem that current for those of us who would have been on the Internet for 20+ years, it was a pretty big deal for Wimbledon to make the switch to online ballots for non-UK residents.

Up until 2014, the only way to participate was by completing an online form so that I could receive the actual ballot application even to get started. And, yes, it arrived via snail mail. So traditional and charming! But, no more. Non-UK residents can now complete applications online, and the process became even more efficient in 2019 with the introduction of MyWimbledon.com. All hail 21st-century England! If you live in the UK, you can also visit the website to find out how to proceed with your ballot entry.

Queue For A Spot

Queue of line to get into Wimbledon grounds.
Queue of line to get into Wimbledon grounds.

“Queue” is a fancy British word for standing in line. But standing in line at the Old England Lawn Club is like no other line you will ever see. Tennis fans start lining (or “queuing”) up at least 24 hours before the next day’s events even start. So, to have a shot at a seat for a Centre Court match the following day, you have to be in line overnight for possibly multiple days, depending on how far into the tournament it is and who is playing. So you might want to consider camping. Yes, with tents. We did not go this route (instead opting for a nice day and meal out in London the day before), but instead chose the first tube out of London to Wimbledon around 5 AM.

An insider tip: you actually need to get off a stop before Wimbledon Village at the Southfields tube station. Once off the train, just follow the masses towards the longest line you may ever wait in your life: the Wimbledon Queue. But it is not just about waiting in line. It is so much more.

In the queue, you will find thousands and thousands of tennis fans from nearby villages and London as well as far-off places like Australia, India, China, and of course, a few of us Americans as well. We spent our time from the chilly pre-sunrise moments until 11 AM when we finally walked through the gates into the stadium area, sharing stories with fellow line waiters about momentous tennis moments, previous day matches, and even making new friends whom we may visit on a future worldwide adventure. Contact information was exchanged, and new friends were made as the day heated up for some exciting tennis.

Queuing Does Not Always Translate To Tennis Seats

One word of warning: just because you are in the queue does not mean you will get into the Wimbledon stadium area. You must be there by 7 AM on most days, and even earlier for big matches that are closer to the Championship, if you want to stand a chance of getting off of the queuing field and into the court area. But if you’re lucky enough to make it in, like we were, then you will have access to all courts with the exception of Centre Court, Court One, and Court Two. Court Three will have some availability, but it will be much more limited. If you manage to be in the front of the queue (likely because you camped out the previous night), there are limited seats for the queue to Center Court, Court One, and Court Two as well.

A Tip For Grass Front Court Viewing

We found that going to the smaller courts like Courts 17 and 18 was our best bet to see some amazing tennis and sit literally in the first row, almost touching the grass. We were almost close enough to touch tennis players like Feliciano Lopez, Lu Yen-Hsun, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and Lucie Safarova. And, all this action on a glorious 72° partly sunny day filled with Wimbledon traditions such as strawberries and cream, Pimm’s, and some time on Henman Hill (which may have been famously renamed to Murray Mound this year with Andy Murray’s championship victory!).

Our Plan For Future Years

While the queue was certainly worthwhile to do one time, and I would recommend it to anyone who has the time, energy, and excitement for tennis that we do, I think we will do it a little differently next time around. When you travel from so far away with the hope and dream of getting into the stadium, it’s a little bit nerve-racking to sit around for six hours thinking I may or may not actually get to see some tennis today.

So in 2014, and all years to follow, we will not so patiently enter the online public ballot and hope to win some tickets. When/if that day ever comes, we will excitedly plan our trip back to Wimbledon and London for a much more structured and less hectic visit to the land of tennis traditions. Although doing the queue was quite the experience and story to remember for years to come. If you’re not up for traveling across the pond, feel free to copy our at-home refreshment guide, including Pimm’s and Lemonade with fresh fruit, home-cooked Scones (ours are from Trader Joe’s), strawberries and cream, and maybe some English biscuits. Cheers!

2023 Wimbledon Highlights

Did you miss the last tournament? Check out the 2023 Wimbledon highlights of the Gentlemen’s Final with up-and-coming Carlos Alcaraz take on the legend Novak Djokovic on Centre Court in the video below.

Share Your Wimbledon Tips

Have you been to Wimbledon before? How did you go about getting tickets? Please share your thoughts and comments, as well as any tips for how to have an even better Wimbledon experience, in the comment section below so that our readers can learn more about how to see this amazing tennis tradition live and in person!

Why Trust Us?

We have been to Wimbledon, getting in the hard way while waiting in the infamous queue. We are avid tennis fans who have been to multiple grand slams, Masters tournaments, and ATP and WTA 500 and 250 events.

Michelle Schenker

Michelle holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University, has worked in marketing at Bank of America, Mattel and Hanes, and is a licensed insurance professional. Her expert advice and opinions have appeared in many outstanding media outlets, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Forbes, People, Reader's Digest and Apartment Therapy, among others. Michelle’s 20+ years of digital and brand marketing experience informs our content and keep us on top of the latest security and safety issues. She has been researching security, privacy and home optimization since 2008. Michelle loves spending time outdoors which means she leans a lot on home security and home automation to keep everything safe while she’s away. Smart home gadgets fascinate her and inspire her to find new ways to make the necessities of life more fun. Her VPN is her favorite privacy tool, allowing her to take advantage of free WiFi on the go and her smart thermostat helps her save some green (on the electric bill and the planet).

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