Re: Questions about Wimbledon Tickets
Queueing for ground passes really isn't that big an ordeal at all. Seriously considering you are queueing for 20 pound tickets that are good for 9+ hours of quality tennis we are talking awesome value here. As for the queueing it depends on the day of the week and the weather as to when you need to arrive but during the 1st week if you get on line by 7 am you are pretty sure of getting in before play starts at 12 whatever day you are queueing for, even Saturday which has a much longer queue.
There are often days infact when getting on the queue by 8:30 will get you in by 11:30, particularly the 1st couple of days of the tournament, and also when it is overcast that helps keep the line from getting as big as it can. As for the actual queue, 75% of the time on the line you spend in the park sitting down, reading newpapers, chatting to friends and other people in the queue, eating a few snacks, and generally relaxing in a very pleasant laid back way. Quite simply, queueing is not the nighttime ordeal some make it out to be.
I must have queued for Wimbledon over 100 times over the years and most of the time its been really nice. Only time it gets stressful is when you cut it a bit fine timewise and you sense it is going to be borderline whether or not you actually get in. That said, in all the years I have queued I think I have missed the cutoff only 5 or 6 times really badly and another 12 or so times I've gotten in but after the matches have started, which is never ideal.
And to be honest, I always regard people who think queueing for 4 to 5 hours is too much for them as wimps.