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‘I spent a day on Centre Court at Wimbledon and I can’t wait to go back next year’

‘I spent a day on Centre Court at Wimbledon and I can’t wait to go back next year’
‘I spent a day on Centre Court at Wimbledon and I can’t wait to go back next year’

The Wimbledon Championships have become so famous that during the tennis season it makes perfect sense to just say, “I’m going to Wimbledon.” However, I had never been there, whether it was standing in line for hours or buying tickets through the draw.

But this year my friend and I were very lucky and were able to get two tickets to Centre Court for the fourth day of the championship: the second round of the men’s and women’s singles matches and the first round of the men’s doubles.




So on Thursday morning, July 4th, we dressed up and headed to the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, home to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships each year. We got in line at Gate 5 just before the doors opened at 10:00, and the lines were already winding down the roads outside the tennis club.

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(Image: Anna Willis)

But once the gates opened, the queue was quick and easy, with tickets scanned and bags searched. One of the great things about Wimbledon is that you can bring your own food, so we decided to pack our own picnic to take with us.

My first impression when I walked onto the court was that it was much bigger than I expected. There are 18 different courts, some huge but others just normal courts with benches along the sides for spectators to watch the games.

The court quickly filled up and we decided to have a wander around and get our bearings before finding a spot on Court 3 for the second round match between Jaume Munar and Alex de Minaur, the world number nine. A pint of beer – Stella Artois is the main lager sold at Wimbledon, although you might be able to find a pale ale if you look hard enough – costs £8.50 and a Diet Coke costs £2.60.

We then found some seats – most courts are not allocated seating – and settled in to watch some tennis. We were very lucky with the weather, and the sun shone brightly all day, making it the perfect setting for a day of watching sports.