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I want to go to Wimbledon this fall.

I live in the US and I want to go to Wimbledon this July. This will be my first time out of the country, so any tips for the trip would be amazing. THe obvious first question is how do I go about getting tickets? How early do they start selling them? Is there anything I should know? Any advice would be outstanding! Thank you.

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I live in the US and I want to go to Wimbledon this July. This will be my first time out of the country, so any tips for the trip would be amazing. THe obvious first question is how do I go about getting tickets? How early do they start selling them? Is there anything I should know? Any advice would be outstanding! Thank you.
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I live in the US and I want to go to Wimbledon this July. This will be my first time out of the country, so any tips for the trip would be amazing. THe obvious first question is how do I go about getting tickets? How early do they start selling them? Is there anything I should know? Any advice would be outstanding! Thank you.
The Wimbledon website would be a good start:
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Okay, some serious advice.

Europeans will treat you better if you dress well. So don't wear white tennis shoes unless you are playing tennis. Wear nice dark shoes. Wear more formal attire. Don't bring any Hawaiian shirts, fanny packs, baseball caps, or white socks. Don't bring promotional T-shirts that you got for free. Don't wear shorts.

Wear formal clothes, and people will treat you so much better.
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In the fall??

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Decide your dates and make hotel reservations now.
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I think I want to go too. It will be the perfect time for me to take that length of time off work.

What area is best to stay in, for both Wimbledon, and to sightsee in London/surrounding areas? Any hotel recommendations? I'll need free high-speed internet.
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For tickets: you need to apply for the public ballot right now. The deadline to receive applications is the end of December. The draw is usually made in February/March.

If you don't receive tickets through the draw, your other option is to queue up on the day. If you want ground tickets you need to get there before seven o'clock in the morning; if you want to try and get show court tickets you need to camp out overnight. I've never done the queue thing, but it has a bit of a party atmosphere and a lot of people go back over and over again.

Wimbledon's a bit out of the way and pricey besides. However, it is accessible both by Tube and overland train. London's a great city with lots to see: stay in a hotel you like the look of and just get ready to enjoy the journey down to SW19.
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For tickets: you need to apply for the public ballot right now. The deadline to receive applications is the end of December. The draw is usually made in February/March.

If you don't receive tickets through the draw, your other option is to queue up on the day. If you want ground tickets you need to get there before seven o'clock in the morning; if you want to try and get show court tickets you need to camp out overnight. I've never done the queue thing, but it has a bit of a party atmosphere and a lot of people go back over and over again.

Wimbledon's a bit out of the way and pricey besides. However, it is accessible both by Tube and overland train. London's a great city with lots to see: stay in a hotel you like the look of and just get ready to enjoy the journey down to SW19.
Thanks! I just spent the last two hours looking at the website, about tickets, London area maps, and hotel prices. I guess since Wimbledon is on the Tube line, any hotel also on the Tube line is convenient. I was looking in Kensington area. Looks like I can get a decent hotel (3.5*) for $100USD per night. That seems pretty good for London. I bet the prices go up later. Ground tickets seems like what I like most ... just wandering around and watching the less popular players. It's weird how the website says you cannot give or sell your ticket to someone else... how is that enforced? Makes it hard to see who you want to see, if you have to get whatever tickets you can and they cannot be switched.... and you have no idea what courts your player will be on and how far she will go.
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Yes, they say plenty of very strict things about not selling your ticket etc. I'm not sure how they enforce it: I'm not sure they can!

As for ensuring you see your faves: you're right, there's no way to do it. Even if you apply for show court tickets through the ballot you have no way of specifying a day or court preference.

But, to be honest, it's such a great day there, you end up not bothering. A ground pass is just fine. You're crazy close to the players on the outside courts,and if you're in the right place at the right time, you might just pass by your fave wandering up to one of the outside courts or hanging out by the media centre. It's really just an opportunity to bask in the fabulousness of tennis! (not saying that the other slams aren't, it's just that I've only been to Wimbers!)

Good luck!
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Okay, some serious advice.

Europeans will treat you better if you dress well. So don't wear white tennis shoes unless you are playing tennis. Wear nice dark shoes. Wear more formal attire. Don't bring any Hawaiian shirts, fanny packs, baseball caps, or white socks. Don't bring promotional T-shirts that you got for free. Don't wear shorts.

Wear formal clothes, and people will treat you so much better.
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I went to wimbledon for 3 days with a friend from this site this year. I guess it depends on your age/what you are after, but we stayed in a hostel in the bayswater area, there are plenty of hotels around that area too though. Its ideally located with hyde park, and the tube either to go directly into london centre (actually you could walk there from bayswater probably) or straight to wimbledon.

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Okay, some serious advice.

Europeans will treat you better if you dress well. So don't wear white tennis shoes unless you are playing tennis. Wear nice dark shoes. Wear more formal attire. Don't bring any Hawaiian shirts, fanny packs, baseball caps, or white socks. Don't bring promotional T-shirts that you got for free. Don't wear shorts.

Wear formal clothes, and people will treat you so much better.
Oh dear that is seriously crap.
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I went to wimbledon for 3 days with a friend from this site this year. I guess it depends on your age/what you are after, but we stayed in a hostel in the bayswater area, there are plenty of hotels around that area too though. Its ideally located with hyde park, and the tube either to go directly into london centre (actually you could walk there from bayswater probably) or straight to wimbledon.
Sorry.... not following you. Bayswater. Hyde Park. Can you say again about those locations and tube/walking to Wimbledon?
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well theres an area of london near kensington and earls court, its better for access to everything imho. You have the district line which takes you straight to wimbledon and just 5 minutes walk up the road the central line which takes you too all the attractions in central london. Its a more (iirc) hotelly (if there is such a word) area than kensington and is probably cheaper, its also a better location.

here is a tube map

http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/travel/d...s/tube_map.gif

Look just above the orange line where it crosses the green/yellow line and you will find bayswater. It was an ideal place to base yourself to get to wimbledon. I cant really say whether staying in kensington is better but i thought bayswater was ideal. TO get to wimbledon you get off the tube at southfields and walk straight up the hill and down again to the grounds.

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