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Benazir Khan May 30 2014

What do you need to know about Wimbledon 2014?

Reet Cheema May 30 2014
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Being the venue for one of four annual Grand Slam tennis tournaments held around the world, Wimbledon attracts around 500,000 spectators and millions of television viewers worldwide. It's the world's longest-running and most prestigious tennis tournament where there's a strict white-only dress code for players. So, if you’re a legitimate fan of tennis or the players, hop on the New Delhi to London flights and head to All England Lawn Tennis Club to watch live Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2014.


Photo of Wimbledon Centre Court (by Spiralz from England)

Tickets

Advanced tickets for Wimbledon are booked via a Public Ballot, first introduced in 1924 and which is always substantially oversubscribed. Successful applicants are randomly selected by a computerised selection process and it is not possible to request tickets for specific days or courts.

Wimbledon also offers you the opportunity of buying premium tickets on the day of play. There is a queue for the on-day sale of tickets at the Gate 3 turnstile. You can expect to queue overnight for a chance to get one of these tickets. The queue for The Championships 2014 officially commences at 8 AM on Sunday 22 June 2014. Around 500 tickets will be available at the Gate 3 turnstile for Centre Court and court numbers 1 and 2, plus several thousand grounds tickets.

How to get to there


You can hop on to shuttle buses from Wimbledon Station to get to the tennis grounds. The best way to get to the stadium complex is by shuttle bus from Southfields Tube Station, which is on the District Line. You can also hire a taxi from the station.


Photo of South Wimbledon tube station platform (by Sunil060902)

Tip: You can buy an Oyster card at the tube station if you are planning to visit places in and around London.

Things to do in Wimbledon


There are a lots of things you can indulge in this south west London “village” beyond the ball courts.You can head for an interactive tour of the home of British tennis at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, including the world famous Centre Court. Know more about Wimbledon tennis history and take a peek into 1980’s Gentleman's dressing rooms. The museum also houses the Mens and Ladies Trophies with the winners’ names engraved on them.


Photo of Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum (by jpowers65)

Have a picnic at Wimbledon Common, which covers an area of 1100 acres of open grassland and woods. Walk and relax in the fresh air in this oasis of woodland, heath, ponds and bird life. Don’t miss the picturesque windmill cafe and a museum next door devoted to windmills and local history.


Photo of Wimbledon Common (by PD-AUTHOR)

If you are a history buff, visit the historic Cannizaro House, a 300-year-old country house hotel whose guest list included Oscar Wilde, Henry James among other well known people. The property now also houses the new Orangerie Restaurant, with gorgeous views of the manicured lawns and flowerbeds of Cannizaro Park. You can head here for afternoon tea completing the quintessential English scene.


Photo of Cannizaro House (by Garry Knight)

Wander around the ornamental lake and flower garden at Buddhapdipa Temple which is also the first Thai Buddhist temple to be built in the UK. Home to several monks and nuns, it was built for the purpose of teaching Theravada Buddhism.


Photo of Buddhapdipa Temple (from flickr.com)

Full of independently run boutiques, Wimbledon is a perfect place to let out the shopaholic in you. From day to day essentials to haute couture, jewellery, fine art and antiques, Wimbledon will let you have it all in its charming distinctive rural feel. Head to Wimbledon Village High Street for high-end shopping experience. Here, you’ll find stores of Diane von Furstenberg, LK Bennett, Cath Kidston and more.

If you are interested in dance and musicals, head to the New Wimbledon Theatre, one of leading entertainment venues in and around London.


Photo of Wimbledon Theatre (by Tony Grant)

Even if you can’t get the tickets to get into the stadium complex, it’s still worth visiting Wimbledon at this time of year just to enjoy the buzz that the Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2014 is guaranteed to create.

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