Wimbledon is one of the most anticipated summer events of the year and a great time for lovers of tennis and British summer alike. This year, Wimbledon will take place from the 23rd of June to the 6th of July. The All England Club was first formed in 1868 and since then, Wimbledon has grown to be one of the most exciting yearly sporting events. Last year Andy Murray won the men’s championship boosting our moral after years of painful close shaves. This years competition promises to be just as fantastic on the court. Here is our guide to Wimbledon 2014.
1. Get Tickets
Getting hold of Wimbledon tickets is no easy feat but for tennis lovers, tickets to Centre Court are really worth it. Two of the best ways to get tickets are by entering the Ballot and by queuing. If you plan on joining the queue, make sure you pack everything you’re going to need, including sun cream and an umbrella!
2. Who To Watch Out For
Andy Murray is still top of his game and currently ranked number two with Polish player Jerzy Janowicz just ahead in first place. Top female players include Sabine Lisicki who is the current number one and the American player Serena Williams, who is currently ranked number five in the world.
3. Where To Stay
The Travelodge Wimbledon is a great base for any Wimbledon celebrations. The beds are comfy after a long day of court-side seats and it’s close enough to ensure you can arrive early enough to join the queue. Being close by will really get you in the spirit but if you want to travel slightly further, there are plenty of Travelodge’s in London to pick from.
4. Food and Drink
Wimbledon is nearly as famous for its strawberries and cream as it is for its tennis. This delightful snack can be enjoyed next to the court or from home, whilst watching Wimbledon on the television. It’s essential to remember to keep hydrated drinking lots of water, and possibly supplementing with Champagne! 25,000 bottles of Champagne are typically popped during each event, proving it is still one of the most luxurious events of the year. Pimms is another drink of choice, providing the true taste of summer. Taking a picnic is a great way to eat at Wimbledon on a budget but hot food including fish and chips and stone-baked pizza is also available.
5. Visit The Museum
The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is open year round and a great way to rev up the Wimbledon excitement. The museum takes you on a journey through the world of tennis. Starting as a lawn sport to entertain the wealthy British gentry and growing in to a multi million dollar professional sport played worldwide. Guided tours are also available to take you around the Central Court and the legendary Wimbledon site.