Wimbledon Championships Guide

The Wimbledon Championships is a tennis tournament held annually at the All England Club in Wimbledon which is located in South West London.

Along with the Australian Open, French Open and US Open, it is one of the four grand slam tennis tournaments played each year with many regarding Wimbledon as the most prestigious of the four grand slams to win.

At one point in time 3 out of the four grand slams were played on grass but now, Wimbledon is the only grand slam tournament that still uses grass as its court surface.

This gives the Championships a unique feel and is a big contrast between the clay courts of Rolland Garros which precedes Wimbledon.

Many consider winning the French Open and Wimbledon back to back to be one of the most difficult challenges in tennis.

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When do the Wimbledon Championships take place?

Wimbledon Centre Court
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The Wimbledon Championships start towards the end of June each year and run for two weeks.

Up to the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, the middle Sunday was a day off for all the players but starting in 2022, some round of 16 matches will be played on the middle Sunday.

The 2022 Wimbledon Championships will be run from the 27th of June 2022 to the 10th of July 2022.

See below for the full schedule of play for the 2022 Wimbledon Championships:

2022 Wimbledon Schedule (Gentleman’s & Ladies’ Singles)

DayRound
Monday, 27th June 20221st round
Tuesday, 28th June 20221st round
Wednesday, 29th June 2022 2nd round
Thursday, 30th June 2022 2nd round
Friday, 1st July 2022 3rd round
Saturday, 2nd July 2022 3rd round
Sunday, 3rd July 2022 Round of 16
Monday, 4th July 2022 Round of 16
Tuesday, 5th July 2022 Quarterfinals
Wednesday, 6th July 2022 Quarterfinals
Thursday, 7th July 2022 Ladies’ Semifinals
Friday, 8th July 2022 Gentlemen’s semifinals
Saturday, 9th July 2022 Ladies’ final
Sunday, 10th July 2022 Gentlemen’s final

Who are the Current Wimbledon Champions and runner ups?

  • 2021 Gentleman’s Singles Champion: Novak Djokovic – Beat Matteo Berrettini in 4 sets (6–7, 6–4, 6–4, 6–3)
  • 2021 Ladies’ Singles Champion: Ashleigh Barty – Beat Karolína Plíšková in 3 sets (6–3, 6–7, 6–3)
  • 2021 Gentlemen’s Doubles Champions: Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić – Beat Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in 4 sets (6–4, 7–6, 2–6, 7–5)
  • 2021 Ladies’ Doubles Champions: Hsieh Su-wei and Elise Mertens – Beat Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina in 3 sets (3–6, 7–5, 9–7)
  • 2021 Mixed Doubles Champions: Neal Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk – Beat Joe Salisbury and Harriet Dart in straight sets (6–2, 7–6,)

Wimbledon Prize Money

Prize money for all events played at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships was approximately £35 million pounds which was a drop of approximately £2 million pounds from the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.

This drop in prize money in 2021 was mainly due to the impact of the Covid 19 Pandemic which resulted in fewer tickets being sold for the championships as limits were placed on the number of people that could attend the event.

2021 Wimbledon Prize Money

Wimbledon Gentleman’s and Ladies’ Singles Prize Money 2021 (Per Player)

AchievementPrize Money – £ Prize Money – € Prize Money – $
Winner£1,700,000€1,969,790*$2,352,460**
Runner Up£900,000€1,042,830*$1,245,420**
Semi-Finalists£465,000€538,796*$643,467**
Quater-Finalists£300,000€347,610*$415,140**
4th Round£181,000€209,725*$250,468**
Third Round£115,000€133,251*$159,137**
Second Round£75,000€86,903*$103,785**
First Round£48,000€55,618*$66,422**
*GBP/Euro FX Rate used: 1.1587
**GBP/USD FX Rate used: 1.3838

Wimbledon Gentleman’s and Ladies’ Doubles Prize Money 2021 (Per Pair)

AchievementPrize Money – £ Prize Money – € Prize Money – $
Winner£480,000€556,176*$664,224**
Runner Up£240,000€278,088*$332,112**
Semi-Finalists£120,000€139,044*$166,056**
Quater-Finalists£60,000€65,522*$83,028**
Third Round£30,000€34,761*$41,514**
Second Round£19,000€22,015*$26,292**
First Round£12,000€13,904*$16,606**
*GBP/Euro FX Rate used: 1.1587
**GBP/USD FX Rate used: 1.3838

2021 Mixed Doubles Prize Money (Per Pair)

AchievementPrize Money – £ Prize Money – € Prize Money – $
Winner£100,000€115,870*$138,380**
Runner Up£50,000€57,935*$69,190**
Semi-Finalists£25,000€28.968*$34,595**
Quater-Finalists£12,000€13,904*$16,606**
Third Round£6,000€6,952*$8,303**
Second Round£3,000€3,476*$4,151**
First Round£1,500€1,738*$2,076**
*GBP/Euro FX Rate used: 1.1587
**GBP/USD FX Rate used: 1.3838

How do you Get Tickets to the Wimbledon Championships in 2022?

Wimbledon is probably the hardest grand slam event to get tickets to as it isn’t as straightforward as the ticketing for the other 3 grand slams.

The four main ways of getting tickets for Wimbledon is via the public ballot, queueing on the day, on Ticketmaster or from a Wimbledon Debenture Ticket Holder.

Wimbledon Public Ballot

Unlike the other grand slams, Wimbledon operates a public ballot every year for tickets to the Championships.

The Public Ballot usually opens in September before each Wimbledon and is always oversubscribed so the chances of getting a ticket can be quite low.

If you are unlucky you may not get tickets for several years in a row. For more information on the public ballot system, check out the official Wimbledon website.

If you live outside the UK, there is also an international ballot that gives you a chance of getting some tickets for the championships.

Similar to the UK public ballot, you may have to apply several years in a row before getting a ticket.

The Wimbledon Queue

Love it or hate it, the Wimbledon Queue has become part of the history of the Wimbledon Championships.

From Day 1 to the Quarterfinals, you have the option of joining the Wimbledon Queue for your chance of getting 1 of 1,500 tickets for the centre court (500), court 1 (500) or court 2 (500).

If you miss out on these tickets, you can also get a general admission pass to gain access to matches being played on some of the smaller courts.

The queue operates on a First In First Out basis and when you join the queue you are given a card that shows your position in the queue.

If you have a queue number in the top 500 then you will have a good chance of getting a centre court ticket for that day.

If you want a more comprehensive guide to the Wimbledon queue, then I recommend checking out this Wimbledon Queue guide.

Ticketmaster

A few hundred tickets for Wimbledon Centre Court are available to purchase daily on Ticketmaster.

However, the tickets can be tricky to purchase as they are in high demand and are usually snapped up as soon as they are available on the Ticketmaster website.

Wimbledon Debenture Ticket Holders

Over the years the All England Club have sold debentures to fund the refurbishment of the club.

These debenture holders are entitled to centre court or court 1 tickets each year until their debenture expires.

Debenture Tickets are also the only Wimbledon tickets that you can legally resell.

Debenture tickets also usually come with extra perks like access to bars, restaurants and cloakrooms at the All England Club.

You will find debenture tickets for sale on sites like Viagogo but they are usually the most expensive option for getting a centre court ticket.

Where to stay when attending the Wimbledon Championships

London has excellent transport links so you can pretty much stay where you want and commute to the All England Club via London Transport.

However, if you want to stay close to the club, we would recommend the below options.

Hotel du Vin Cannizaro House Wimbledon – The Hotel du Vin Cannizaro House is a luxury 4 star hotel that is a short 5 minute drive from the All England Club.

Antoinette Hotel Wimbledon – The Antoinette is a nice hotel located in the heart of SW19 and around a 10 minute drive from the All England Club.

Tips for First Visitors to Wimbledon

Try and stay in a hotel close to the All England Club – If you plan on queuing for tickets then it’s a good idea to stay as close to the All England Club as possible as this will help when you need to get to the club early in the morning.

Be prepared for the worst of British Weather – British Weather can be very unpredictable. You may wake up to a clear sky but that doesn’t mean it will stay that way.

So make sure you have rain gear handy so you throw it on if the heavens open.

Aim to attend the Championships in the first week – If you weren’t lucky enough to get a ticket in the public ballot, then I would recommend going to the championships in the first week as if you don’t get a centre court or court 1 ticket you still have a good chance of seeing some top players playing in some of the smaller courts with a ground pass.

If you have a ground pass in the second week, there will be less play on the smaller courts and you are more likely to see doubles being played as the majority of the singles play will be on Centre Court or Court 1.

Where can you watch the Wimbledon Championships on TV or Online?

How to watch Wimbledon From the UK and Ireland

If you are living in the UK or Ireland then the BBC is your best option for watching Wimbledon as they have comprehensive live coverage of Wimbledon across BBC TV, radio, online, iPlayer (UK Only) and the BBC mobile app.

How to watch Wimbledon From the US

The best way to watch Wimbledon from the US is on ESPN as they have comprehensive coverage of Wimbledon each year.

How to watch Wimbledon from Other Countries

The easiest option to watch Wimbledon from other countries is to use a VPN so that you can access the BBC Iplayer from outside the UK.

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