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What to expect from your Wimbledon experience

Never been to Wimbledon? Planning on going? Wondering what the Wimbledon experience is like? Well, this will give an insight into what to expect at Wimbledon as a fan, good and bad!

The Journey

The Wimbledon Championships is held in a fantastic location, and whether you prefer bus, train or tube, these can all be used to reach the club at SW19. However! Sometimes these can take the whole Wimbledon fortnight or leave you stressed to the point you want to go home and not bother.

Your best bet is to get the tube nice and early (5:00/30am) which tends to be the most common and preferred. Alternatively, avoid the whole journey by pitching up a tent at Wimbledon Park! Join the hundreds in the queue and claim good spots to have a much better chance of getting the best tickets.

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Get tickets on the day – but be prepared to queue!

Unlike other sporting events, at Wimbledon you can still turn up on the day and buy a ticket – but expect ridiculous queues! What no one tells you is that, for court tickets, these tend to go to people who sleep overnight in a tent. They’re very precious! For general ground pass tickets, arriving at 6am should do the trick – but bare in mind this sometimes doesn’t go to plan.

Once in, don’t expect the queues to end, queues for queues will form – for everything – from courts, to refreshments, toilet facilities and even queues to join and leave queues. Eventually, your main memory from your day at Wimbledon may be more about queues than the tennis!

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Can we talk about the tennis now?

If you’ve finally made it in, there are tennis matches being played and it’s now time to digest some professional tennis! The decision on what court is a tough one. Take some advice, go for the unfashionable courts where the noise is.

These courts have people cheering for one of the following: anyone British, underdog or a former champion. Your Wimbledon experience will be at its highest during these matches!

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Pimms and Strawberries & Cream

When at Wimbledon, you love nothing more than the thought of a jug of pimms along with some delicious strawberries & cream, it is tradition at the end of the day.

Well, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, it isn’t as great as it sounds. Nonetheless, it’s all part of the Wimbledon experience. Just don’t expect much change from a £20 note.

Andy Murray Small Talk

‘So, how do you think Muzza will get on?’ ‘Reckon Andy can do it again this year?’

Every year at Wimbledon Andy Murray is the major talking point amongst Britons, all hoping he will win the championships. Luckily, he’s now achieved this twice, so the huge disappointment no longer looms over Wimbledon for Murray fans and some now confidently predict him to win it all every year!

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Celebrity Spotting

The Wimbledon Championship is no stranger to a celeb! Sometimes when walking around the Wimbledon grounds, you may just come across a one. It’s then over to you in deciding whether a selfie or playing it cool is the right thing to do!

If your luck isn’t in, not to worry, the royal box always receives regular cover from the TV cameras. Regular attendees include Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, David Beckham and Stephen Fry.

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BY - Adam Bromfield

12 July 2017