Wimbledon queue

Is the Queue the only way to buy Wimbledon tickets?

No. There are a few more options: four ways to get tickets: ballots, Ticketmaster, hospitality packages and debenture tickets. Read more here: How to get Wimbledon tickets, How to get last minute Wimbledon tickets.

Where is The Queue?

The easiest way to get to Wimbledon is by public transport, taking the District Line and getting off at Southfields station. It’s then a 10-minute walk to reach the Queue, here’s a map.

How much tickets are available for queuers?

– Centre Court: 500 tickets are available every day, for the first nine days, for queuers.
– No.1 Court: 500 tickets are available every day for queuers.
– No.2 Court: 500 tickets are available every day for queuers whilst matches are scheduled on this court.
– Ground Passes: thousands of tickets are available every day at the gate. These allow access to all of the outside courts, including the unreserved seating on Court No.3.

What time to queue?

It depends on how much of a tennis nuts you are, and how patient you are.

– 5 pm the day before: if you want to have a chance to get some Show Court tickets, you’ll have to camp overnight.
– 6 am on the day: if you would like to queue for Ground Passes, you should join the Queue a few hours before the Grounds open at 9.30am.
– 3 pm on the day: you can join the Queue later in the afternoon to gain late entry after 5pm at a cheaper rate

How do I know my place in the Queue?

On your arrival, the Stewards will direct you to the end of the Queue and give you a Queue card, that’s your official place in the Queue. Stewards will ckeck your card a few times before entering the grounds, don’t lose it!

Do I have to stay in the Queue all the time?

No. You can grab some food, have a toilet break… But you could lose your place is the Queue if you leave your place for more than 30 minutes. So, you can’t set up your tent, spend the night at your hotel and come back the morning after.

Can I queue for my friends?

No. Tickets are sold on a strictly one per person queueing basis and are non-transferable.

How is the overnight Queue organized?

The only way to get a Show Court ticket is to camp overnight. Everything is well organized and the Stewards are there to help and guide you. Stewards will wake you up around 6am and you’ll have to pack up your tent and belongings and take them to Left Luggage in order to create space for those joining the Queue on the day.
Around 7.30am the Stewards give wristbands to those towards the front of the Queue who are queueing for Centre, No.1 and No.2 Courts tickets. There are only 500 wristbands for each Show Court. That’s where your place in the Queue is important as the first 500 have priority for Centre Court, but some of the first 500 could choose to buy Court 1 tickets instead, so you could be 600 in the Queue and still be able to buy a Centre Court ticket.
Around 9.30am the Queue moves on and you can finally buy your ticket at the turnstile. The grounds open at 10.30am.

Is it secure to queue at night?

Yes. There are Stewards on both day and night shift to handle all problems. So, don’t worry and enjoy the experience.

Can I bring food and drink?

Yes. You can also order yourself a takeaway to be delivered to the Wimbledon Park Road Gate, grab some food at Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon Village pr Southfields.

What should I wear?

Take clothing suitable for all conditions and don’t forget a hat, sunglasses but also waterproofs.

What is the second Queue?

Once inside the Grounds, you can queue – again – after 3pm in order to purchase returned Centre Court tickets for £10 or Show Court tickets for £5 from the Ticket Resale Kiosk. Money goes to charity.

A few tips for the Queue?

– follow @ViewfromtheQ Twitter account to get updates and informations on the Queue
– don’t lose your Queue card! Stewards will ckeck your card a few times before entering the grounds
– make sure you have enough cash to pay your ticket
– check out the order of play in advance to know which ticket you want to buy
– it might sounds stupid, but if you intend to queue overnight, learn to pack your tent
– it can be cold at night, so bring good camping mat and sleeping bag
– read the Guide to queuing from the Wimbledon website and Diary of Wimbledon queuer from Grandslamgal blog.
– enjoy the Wimbledon experience!

If you have any question, feel free to leave a comment below, I’ll do my best to reply.

Wimbledon 2016

The majority of Wimbledon tickets are reserved for the public ballots (read more about Wimbledon ballots here). Don’t worry if you had no luck with the ballot or didn’t take part, you still have a few options left.

The Queue

A limited number of tickets are available daily for Centre Court, No.1 Court and No.2 Court, except for the last four days on Centre Court, when all are sold in advance. In addition, several thousand Grounds Passes are available each day at the turnstiles entitling use of unreserved seating and standing room on Courts No.3-19.
Tickets are sold strictly on the basis of one per person queuing and payment is by CASH ONLY.

Depending on your patience and how big of a tennis fan you are, you can join the queue the evening before the game, the morning or the afternoon.

Read more about the queue in Wimbledon Queue 101, a Diary of a Wimbledon queuer and from the Wimbledon website.

Ticketmaster

Several hundred Centre Court and No.3 Court tickets are up for grabs on Ticketmaster the day before each game. The tickets sell out almost immediately. Sign up to the Wimbledon newsletter to get ticket alerts.

Debenture tickets

If you have loads of money to spend, debenture tickets are another option. Debentures are like shares in a company. In exchange for an investment that goes towards ground maintenance and upkeep (new Wimbledon museum, Centre Court retractable roof..), the holder of the debenture gets a fixed number of specific seats for a fixed period of time. One Centre Court debenture ticket is allocated to each holder for every day of The Championships and No. 1 Court debenture tickets are allocated for the first 10 days of The Championships. The debenture holder can then sell the seats they don’t plan to use.

Learn more about debentures from Wimbledon website and check out prices here.

If you have any question, feel free to leave a comment below, I’ll do my best to reply.

Photo credit: Paula Funnell

How to buy last minute Roland Garros tickets

Roland Garros 2017 starts in a little over two weeks time; you planned a Paris trip but still not have your Roland Garros tickets? Don’t worry, it’s not too late, you have 3 ways to buy tickets:

On site

Tickets for qualifiers (from May 22 to 26) are on sale on site. Tickets give access to the entire public area within the stadium. Courts 6 to 18 have unreserved seating and are open to all. Court Suzanne Lenglen is also open to all spectators to watch players from the main draw practising before the tournament starts.

Roland Garros website

Qualifying days

Tickets for qualifiers are also on sale on line.

General public tickets

Extra tickets were put on sale on Wednesday May 10, so tickets are still available: there are a lot of tickets left for the women’s semifinals for example.

Resale tickets

From April 13, people that for some reason are not able to attend the event put their tickets up for sale on Roland Garros website. That means you can buy unwanted tickets up until the day of the event, depending on their availability. The resale ticket is integrated to Roland Garros website, so it’s completely secure and legal.

Since 2016, Viagogo is no longer in partnership with Roland Garros, the tickets on sale on this website are sold illegally and without any guarantee.

Two advices:
– if you manage to get outside court tickets: from 5pm some Show Courts ticket holders leave the stadium, so stay near an exit gate and ask them – gently – their ticket.
– if you can’t get those Court Chatrier tickets you really wanted, buy some Suzanne Lenglen tickets and once inside the grounds, try to swap tickets with a Court Central ticket holder.

Evening visitors

Buy Evening Visitors tickets from 28 May to 6 June and get access to outside courts from 5.30pm for only €15. You have to book your tickets online from 5 pm on the evening before the day you wish to attend.

Official agencies

If you have deep pockets, official agencies propose VIP tickets with or without accomodations. Check out the complete list here.

Do not purchase tickets through unofficial websites or agencies: they sell tickets without the agreement of the French Tennis Federation and do not guarantee you official tickets. You’ve been warned…

If you have any question, feel free to leave a comment below, I’ll do my best to reply.

How to buy US Open tickets

Roland Garros is fast approaching, but it’s nearly time to book your tickets for the US Open! Here’s my guide to help you buy tickets. If you have any question, feel free to leave a comment below, I’ll do my best to answer.

The events

Roger Federer, US Open 2017
Qualifyings – 19 to 23 August 2019

Access to the qualifying tournament, the week before the main tournament starts, is free. It is also the best time to watch top players practicing.

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day – 24 August 2019

Kids and their families can enjoy free tennis games, live music and attractions taking place throughout the grounds. Inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, the live tennis and music show features exhibition matches and skills competitions with top players, as well as musical performances.
Learn more at http://www.arthurashekidsday.com/.

US Open – 26 August to 8 September 2019

Hot, loud, electric, the US Open is a tournament like no other, and has been the scene of some of the craziest tennis matches, like the infamous McEnroe-Nastase in 1979, or Jimmy Connors’ run to the semifinals in 1991.
The Billie Jean King center, home of the US Open, has transformed a lot in the recent years: Arthur Ashe Stadium now has an amazing retractable roof, a new 14,000-seat Louis Armstrong Stadium (also with a retractable roof) was completed in time for the 2018 US Open, the new Grandstand debuted in 2016, and 10 outside courts were renovated.

The courts

US Open
Arthur Ashe Stadium

With a capacity of 23,771 seats, the Arthur Ashe Stadium is the largest tennis facility in the world. With the retractable roof added in 2016, there’s no risk anymore to have to play the men’s final on a Monday or Tuesday! Check out Arthur Ashe’s seating chart and interactive seat viewer.

Louis Armstrong Stadium

The new Louis Armstrong Stadium debuted in 2018 with 14,061 seats and a retractable roof. Check out Louis Armstrong’s seating chart and interactive seat viewer.

Grandstand

The new Grandstand, a 8,125 seat stadium which opened in 2016, is the third largest stadium in the Center, and replaces the Old Grandstand, torn down in 2018. Check out Grandstand’s seating chart and interactive seat viewer.

Outer courts

Outer courts allow you to see the players up close and personal.
Read more:
Finding the right court at the US Open requires a strategy
A day in the life of court 15

The tickets

Nadal, US Open 2017

Individual tickets

Individual tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, June 3. American Express Card Members will have access to an early on-sale starting Monday, May 28, and running through Saturday, June 1.

The US Open sells separate tickets for day matches and night matches.
A day session ticket allows you to enter the grounds from 9.30 am (11 am on Finals weekend) and stay as long as you like. The first match starts at 11am.
A night session ticket allows you to enter the grounds from 6pm. Night matches start at 7pm.

There are 4 different types of day session tickets:
Arthur Ashe Stadium: provides an assigned seat in Arthur Ashe Stadium along with first-come, first-served access to Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Grandstand and all the outer courts.
Louis Armstrong Stadium: assigned seat in Louis Armstrong Stadium, along with first-come, first-served access to the Grandstand and all the outer courts. Louis Armstrong tickets are only sold for the first nine days of the tournament.
Grandstand Stadium: assigned seat in the Grandstand Stadium, along with first-come, first-served access to all the outer courts. Grandstand tickets are only sold for the first eight days of the tournament.
Grounds Admission: provides first-come, first-served access to Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Grandstand and all the outer courts. Grounds Admissions are only sold for the first eight days of the tournament.

and two types of evening session tickets:
Arthur Ashe Stadium: provides an assigned seat in Arthur Ashe Stadium on a given evening.
Louis Armstrong Stadium: provides an assigned seat in Louis Armstrong Stadium on a given evening. Louis Armstrong tickets are only sold for the first nine days of the tournament.

Ticket plans

Each plan is different in that they each cover a different number of day and/or evening sessions. You will be automatically invoiced for the same seat(s) the following year and opt to keep the same seat(s) for the duration of your plan or even request an opportunity to upgrade.

Arthur Ashe plans:
full series: all sessions, Monday 26 August to Sunday 8 September. From $2,200.
first week: 9 sessions, Monday 26 August to Friday 30 August. From $550.
opening sessions: 5 sessions, every first-round session, Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 August. From $360.
evening sessions: 14 sessions, all evening sessions plus Finals weekend. From $1,100.
pre-holiday: 4 sessions, Wednesday 28 August to Friday 30 September. From $270.
holiday weekend: 7 sessions, Friday 30 August to Monday 2 September. From $550.
holiday evening: 4 sessions, Friday 30 August to Monday 2 September. From $330.
championship week: 8 sessions, Tuesday 3 to Sunday 8 September. From $750.

Ashe plans include first-come, first-serve access to Louis Armstrong Stadium, Grandstand and all outer courts.

Louis Armstrong plans:
full series: 15 sessions, including 6 evening sessions, Monday 26 August to Tuesday 3 September.
day sessions: 9 sessions, Monday 26 August to Tuesday 3 September.

Armstrong plans include first-come, first-served access to Grandstand and all outer courts.

Grandstand plan:
– 8 sessions, Monday 26 August to Monday 2 September. It includes first-come, first-served access to Grandstand and all outer courts. $675.

Pricing shown is for reference only from 2016.

Official travel packages

Learn more at www.tours4tennis.com or call 1-800-258-3664 or 1-858-675-3555.

Booking limits

For individual tickets, there is a limit of:
– 8 Arthur Ashe Stadium tickets for any individual day session
– 16 Arthur Ashe Stadium day session tickets in total
– 8 Arthur Ashe Stadium tickets for any individual night session
– 16 Arthur Ashe Stadium night session tickets in total
– 8 Louis Armstrong Stadium tickets per session
– 16 Louis Armstrong Stadium tickets in total
– 8 Grounds Admission tickets per session
– 16 Grounds Admission tickets in total

There is an 8 ticket limit per account for ticket plans, with the exception of Grandstand where there is a 4 ticket limit per account.

How to order tickets

Crowd at the US Open

Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office

You can buy tickets directly on site. Starting July 12, the Box Office will be open every Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm until the start of the tournament.

Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster  is the only authorized seller for US Open tickets online. Tickets are on sale here.

Resale

The USTA has partnered with the US Open Ticket Exchange by Ticketmaster, to serve as the exclusive resale partner for the US Open. Ticket holders now have the opportunity to resell their unused tickets in a secured fan-to-fan environment.

Photo credit: Chih-Yao Hsu (1), Shinya Suzuki (2,5), Faberg Tour Experience (3), Marianne Bevis (4)

How to buy French Open resale tickets

You didn’t manage to get the tickets you wanted for the upcoming French Open? You’ve got a second chance: the resale tickets. And actually a third chance with the last minute tickets sale opening on May 7.
Don’t use unofficial reseller sites like viagogo or stubhub because: a) you can never be sure tickets solid on those sites are actually valid tickets b) you’d buy them at a higher price than their face value.

There’s in fact no difference between ordering resale tickets or “normal” tickets.

1. Connect to your Roland Garros account

.. or set one up if needed

2. Click on Order, select a day and court

How to buy Roland Garros resale tickets

3. Select an offer

How to buy Roland Garros resale tickets

How to buy Roland Garros resale tickets

How to buy Roland Garros resale tickets

4. Validate your order

… or select more tickets

How to buy Roland Garros resale tickets

5. Select additional services

… like parking or food. If you want my two cents: bring your own food and take the metro to get to the stadium.

6. Enter your payment details

How to buy French Open resale tickets

and that’s it. You’ll soon receive a mail with all the details of your order. Don’t forget to assign each ticket to a ticket holder!

If you have any question, feel free to ask below, I’ll do my best to answer.