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Tennis champs, here we come! With the championship round just a dozen days away, have you thought about going to Wimbledon yet? London is never more than a cheap flight away with a low cost airline and unlike popular belief, there’s still a chance to snag tickets!

Wimbledon is the oldest tennis championship in the world and if you want a slice of the action, you better start planning quick! The qualifiers are almost up which means by June 20th, 2011 the finals will begin. If you didn’t snag some tickets at the beginning of the year, don’t worry. There is still a chance!

Queuing for tickets

Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam tourney that allots a certain amount of tickets for fans on game day. Show up early and you could be one of the 500 to get a seat in Centre Court or in Courts 1 or 2. It’s not unheard of however for fans to spend the night camping in the queue, in hopes of getting one of the tickets. The queue for the championships opens at 8:00am on Sunday, June 19th, 2011.

  • When you arrive for Show Court tickets, join “The Queue” and don’t forget your sleeping bag and an optimistic attitude.
  • For Ground passes, it’s enough to join the queue a few hours before the grounds open at 9:30am.
  • You will be given a Queue Card which is dated and numbered, these are non-transferable and must be shown upon entry into the park.
  • Those at the front will be given wristbands for Show Courts, each corresponding to one of the tickets available.
  • If you manage to get a ticket, remember: payment is CASH ONLY.

Travelling to Wimbledon

If you’re heading to Wimbledon the best way to get there is by public transportation. Take the westbound District Line on the Tube and get off at Southfields or Wimbledon. From there you can board the appropriate shuttle bus that takes you directly to the courts or walk.

By train, depart from London Waterloo Station to Wimbledon Station. You can also arrive here from long-distance trains departing from Portsmouth, Havant, Winchester, Southampton, Bournemouth, Poole, Basingstoke, Andover, Salisbury and Exeter. Visitors from abroad, should arrive in London at least one day before, the cheapest way is via low cost flights to London.

If you don’t have the chance to see it in person, why not in 3D?

If you want to look the part, come clad in dark green and purple, the traditional colours of Wimbledon.

Who are you rooting for?

Img: Carine06 / Flickr cc.

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