Things are already TENTS at Wimbledon! Droves of tennis fans set up camp outside club
It’s already TENTS at Wimbledon! Crowds of tennis fans camp outside the club down the road in the desperate hope of getting tickets for the first day of the tournament tomorrow
- Crowds of enthusiastic tennis viewers were spotted getting ready for the start of Wimbledon tomorrow
- Rows of neatly arranged tents were seen in Wimbledon Park – full capacity for the first time since 2019
- Sun loungers, rugs and fans for the summer heat were just some of the ways spectators kept their cool
- Andy Murray is tipped to face Australian James Duckworth in the first round of men’s singles
Crowds of enthusiastic tennis enthusiasts were spotted at Wimbledon today, ready to grab tickets to tomorrow’s opening matches, and some felt quite at home outside the club.
Sun loungers, rugs and fans for the summer heat were just some of the ways the spectators kept their cool as they pitched their tents for tomorrow’s first play-off.
The tents were spotted today neatly arranged in rows in Wimbledon Park in south west London, ahead of Monday’s opening, with Andy Murray facing Australian James Duckworth in the first round.
It is the first time in three years that Wimbledon’s stalls have returned to full capacity after the 2020 event was canceled due to the Covid pandemic.
Last year’s Wimbledon was held at 50 percent capacity and spectators were required to have tested negative for Covid beforehand.
All eyes will be on Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, whose presence this year was in doubt.
The lifting of restrictions on the Covid vaccine has allowed Djokovic to appear, while it is believed Nadal will overcome the pain of a foot injury to win his first Grand Slam.
A woman gears up for tomorrow’s opening at home in Wimbledon Park, with sun loungers and bags filled with camping gear
After p[itching up their tents, Wimbledon’s earliest arrivals kicked back with cans and food as they enjoyed the summer weather
Order order! The organisation at Wimbeldon Park was honed down to a tee, as campers arranged their tents in a near perfect straight line
For many viewers, it will be their first chance to watch live tennis in over three years after 2019’s event was cancelled
Attendees came fully stocked and well-prepared for the two-week event, which is set to feature matches every single day
Getting in the spirit! Two tennis fans played off in their own singles match as excitement brewed for tomorrow’s opening.
Most tickets to the tennis world’s biggest event are distributed through a ballot. After the event’s cancellation two years ago, this year’s ballot was closed to the public to allow the winning ticketholders from 2020 the chance to finally use them.
But those without ballot tickets can camp overnight in Wimbledon Park to gain early entry to the courts the next day. Typically, campers are given a numbered queue card, allowing them to set up tent for the night.
The following morning, the campers are woken by the club’s stewards and must put away their tents in the venue’s left luggage. Then, they get back into a queue in the order of their queue cards, in order to receive wristbands from stewards – allowing them access to the court gates – where they can pay for tickets to the match.
Wimbledon’s earliest arrivals kicked back with cans and food as they enjoyed the summer weather. The organisation at Wimbeldon Park was honed down to a tee, as campers arranged their tents in a near perfect straight line.
Attendees came fully stocked and well-prepared for the two-week event, which is set to feature matches every single day.
British favourite Emma Raducanu says it is ‘full steam ahead’ for Wimbledon after worries about her fitness in the build-up to her home Grand slam.
Queues of eager tennis watchers waited happily in the sunshine to enter Wimbledon Park
The campsite at Wimbledon is closely regulated, with tents neatly arranged into rows at the behest of organisers
It was a fine dat for pitchers to be setting up tent at Wimbledon, with temperatures expected to reach 20 Degrees Celsius (68F)
Travellers to the south west London park were able to kick back and enjoy refreshments after setting up early for tomorrow’s opening
Two young women enjoyed sitting on rugs on the grass and chatting as they relaxed after reaching Wimbledon
Second row! As more ticketholders arrived at Wimbledon Park, a second row of tens was formed
This year’s ballot for tickets was closed to allow the winning 2020 ticketholders the chance to finally use their after their ballot was closed
Teenager Raducanu rocketed to fame when she won the U.S. Open last year as a qualifier and expectations will be huge when she plays her first round match on Monday.
A side injury has hampered Raducanu in recent weeks and she has failed to complete a match since the French Open – hardly great preparation for the fortnight.
But the 10th seed sounded upbeat when she spoke to media on Saturday, playing down the fact that she pulled out of her second practice session on Friday.
‘I’ve definitely been managing it since Nottingham. I took two weeks off,’ Raducanu said.