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, three 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 Roland Garros as many consider winning the French Open and Wimbledon back-to-back to be one of the most difficult challenges in tennis.

2023 Wimbledon Championships

Location:All England Club, Wimbledon, UK
Tour Level:Grand Slam
Prize Money:£40,350,000 (2022)
Draw Size:Singles: 128, Doubles: 64, Mixed: 32

Dates

Wimbledon Centre Court
Copyright Bo Mertz – Center Court

The Wimbledon Championships start towards the end of June each year and run for two weeks, with the 2023 tournament being held from the 3rd to the 16th of July 2023.

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

See below for the 2022 schedule of play for the full two weeks.

Schedule (Gentleman’s & Ladies’ Singles)

Below is the expected schedule for the 2023 tournament, with the women’s singles final being played on Saturday, the 15th of July 2023, and the men’s singles final being played on Sunday, the 16th of July 2023.

DayRound
Monday, 3rd July 20231st round
Tuesday, 4th July 20231st round
Wednesday, 5th July 20232nd round
Thursday, 6th July 20232nd round
Friday, 7th July 20233rd round
Saturday, 8th July 20233rd round
Sunday, 9th July 2023Round of 16
Monday, 10th July 2023Round of 16
Tuesday, 11th July 2023Quarterfinals
Wednesday, 12th July 2023Quarterfinals
Thursday, 13th July 2023Ladies’ Semifinals
Friday, 14th July 2023Gentlemen’s semifinals
Saturday, 15th July 2023Ladies’ final
Sunday, 16th July 2023Gentlemen’s final

Draw

The draws for the 2023 tournament will be made the week before the start of the tournament.

See below for information on the draws for the 2022 Championships in Wimbledon.

Singles Qualifying Draws:

Men’s Singles Qualifying Draw

Women’s Singles Qualifying Draw

Men’s and Women’s Singles/Doubles Main Draws:

Men’s Singles Draw

Women’s Singles Draw

Men’s Doubles Draw

Women’s Doubles Draw

Mixed Doubles Draw:

Mixed Doubles Draw

For a list of seeded players at the 2022 tournament, check out our separate page on the seeds in 2022.

2022 Wimbledon Winners and Runner-ups

Men’s Singles

WinnerNovak Djokovic
Runner-upNick Kyrgios
Score in final4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6

Women’s Singles

WinnerElena Rybakina
Runner-upOns Jabeur
Score in final3-6, 6-2, 6-2

Men’s Doubles

WinnersMatthew Ebden and Max Purcell
Runner-upsNikola Mektić and Mate Pavić
Score in final7-6, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6

Women’s Doubles

WinnersKateřina Siniaková and Barbora Krejčíková
Runner-upsZhang Shuai and Elise Mertens
Score in final6-2, 6-4

Mixed Doubles

WinnersNeal Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk
Runner-upsMatthew Ebden and Samantha Stosur
Score in final6-4, 6-3

Prize Money

The total prize fund for the 2023 tournament has yet to be confirmed but in 2022, the prize money was approximately £40.35 million pounds which was an increase of approximately £5.3 million pounds from the 2021 tournament.

Gentleman’s and Ladies Singles

Round£
Champion£2,000,000
Runner Up£1,050,000
Semifinals£535,000
Quarterfinals£310,000
4th Round£190,000
3rd Round£120,000
2nd Round£78,000
1st Round£50,000

Gentleman’s and Ladies’ Doubles

Round£
Champions£540,000
Runner Ups£270,000
Semifinals£135,000
Quarterfinals£67,000
3rd Round£33,000
2nd Round£20,000
1st Round£12,500

Mixed Doubles

Round£
Champions£124,000
Runner Ups£62,000
Semifinals£31,000
Quarterfinals£16,000
3rd RoundN/A
2nd Round£7,500
1st Round£3,750

For more details on the prize money for the 2022 Championships, check out our page on Wimbledon Prize Money.

Tickets

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

The four main ways of getting tickets for Wimbledon, are via the public ballot, queueing on the day, on Ticketmaster, or from a 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 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 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 Championships.

From Day 1 to the Quarterfinals, you have the option of joining the Queue for your chance of getting 1 of 1,500 tickets for the center 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 center-court ticket for that day.

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

Ticketmaster Wimbledon Tickets

A few hundred tickets for 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.

Debenture Ticket Holders

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

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

Debenture Tickets are also the only 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 center court ticket.

Where to stay?

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 – 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 – 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 Time Visitors to the All England Club

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 center 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?

UK and Ireland

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

USA

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

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.

FAQ

When will Wimbledon Qualifying be held in 2023?

Qualifying for the 2023 tournament is expected to start on the 26th of June 2023.

When will the 2023 Wimbledon Draw be made?

The draw for the 2023 tournament is expected to be released on the 30th of June 2023.

When will the 2023 Order of Play be released?

The order of play for the 2023 tournament is expected to be released on the 3rd of July 2023.