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Wimbledon Qualifying

Hey everyone. Really looking forward to Wimbledon this year and I was also hoping to go down to the qualifying event too, but I don't really know much about it. Could anybody fill me in with the info, e.g. what days the men and women play on, does it cost to watch or to park etc? Or just share your experience of going to qualies i'd love to hear about them. Cheers

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i think qualifying is held at the NTC


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Hey!

You definitely should go to Wimbledon qualifying. It's my favourite event, and I've been to quite a few tournaments. The atmosphere is amazing, the players are accessible, the matches are entertaining (and often very good, or at least very competitive) and it's a great place to see many future stars.

The matches are held at the National Tennis Centre at Roehampton. You can watch them for free [], but if you want to park, I think you might have to pay. Am not sure about that though. You could also take the bus to Priory Lane and then it's about a 10-15 minute walk on Priory Lane, which is a huge street. The area is quite beautiful though, so the walk isn't so bad.

The men start on Monday, the women on Tuesday. The second round is held on Wednesday, and the final round on Thursday. There's also doubles qualifying. Obviously, if the weather stinks, they can use the Friday and weekend too.

You'll be able to get the OOP and draws from a stand, and you can get food and drinks in the canteen/restaurant, where the players also eat.

It's an absolutely superb venue and an amazing event, especially if the weather is good. I am sure any tennis fan will love going, so you should definitely come. I'll be going for the third year in a row

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Re: Wimbledon Qualifying

if everything goes right i am going to visit Q this year

i don't know London quite good is it even near to Richmond then Wimbly?

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Don't know if it's nearer than Wimbledon, but there are signs to Richmond all around the area.

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I totally agree with CooCooCachoo, the qualies in Roehampton are a wonderful event, the venue is so beautiful I hope the weather will be good like last year. This will be my second time there
I wasn't sure about the canteen, I thought it was only for the players, I'll check it this year, thx for the info
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Agree with everything CooCooCachoo said

Just to clarify, I've driven there the last 2 years and the street outside you can park on for free, as long as there's spaces (there usually is).
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I wasn't sure about the canteen, I thought it was only for the players, I'll check it this year, thx for the info
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I usually get the train to Barnes and walk from there - it's about a 20-25 min walk I recall. Definitely one of the best free days of entertainment you'll find in London!
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Hey!

You definitely should go to Wimbledon qualifying. It's my favourite event, and I've been to quite a few tournaments. The atmosphere is amazing, the players are accessible, the matches are entertaining (and often very good, or at least very competitive) and it's a great place to see many future stars.

The matches are held at the National Tennis Centre at Roehampton. You can watch them for free [], but if you want to park, I think you might have to pay. Am not sure about that though. You could also take the bus to Priory Lane and then it's about a 10-15 minute walk on Priory Lane, which is a huge street. The area is quite beautiful though, so the walk isn't so bad.

The men start on Monday, the women on Tuesday. The second round is held on Wednesday, and the final round on Thursday. There's also doubles qualifying. Obviously, if the weather stinks, they can use the Friday and weekend too.

You'll be able to get the OOP and draws from a stand, and you can get food and drinks in the canteen/restaurant, where the players also eat.

It's an absolutely superb venue and an amazing event, especially if the weather is good. I am sure any tennis fan will love going, so you should definitely come. I'll be going for the third year in a row
Thanks very much for all the information it sounds brilliant. Can't wait to go now

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Thanks for everyone's advice

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Re: Wimbledon Qualifying

As everyone who has been before suggests, Roehampton rules.

I don't think there could be a more enjoyable way for a tennis fan to spend a day without spending any dosh. Go once and you will want to go every year because it really is that good.

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I wish I could go and support Karatantcheva I assume she is in qualies.
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What is best way to get there? Train to East Putney and then bus or train to Hammersmith and then bus or is there an even better way?
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Re: Wimbledon Qualifying

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i think qualifying is held at the NTC
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The matches are held at the National Tennis Centre
I made plans to watch Iroda here in 2007, but couldn’t make it, but I was told it’s not held at the NTC, but next door, at the Bank of England Sports Ground?? Not part of the NTC, apparently?? Really regret not seeing Rodi play, especially as her career has stalled ever since...

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