Planning Dream Vacation around Wimbledon Courts

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Planning Dream Vacation around Wimbledon Courts


Compiled From News Services, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Q. We are thinking about next year's big trip, and at the top of the list is a vacation in London and a yen to see some tennis matches at Wimbledon. Is it too soon to get tickets?

A. It's definitely not too early to apply for Wimbledon tickets for the 1994 championships, which run June 20 through July 3. In fact, you'll have to hurry to get in on the lottery-like allocation of most Centre Court and No. 1 Court tickets. Otherwise, your choices are to stand in line for hours, maybe overnight, or to buy a package tour that includes match tickets.

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon was built as a croquet facility in 1868 and added lawn tennis in 1875. In 1877, the first men's singles tournament was won by Spencer Gore, who predicted the new game would never catch on.

Wandering around the grounds is fascinating. Aside from the two show courts, there is limited bleacher seating in Courts 2 and 3. The outer courts, marked off by strips of canvas strung on low wires, line up on either side of 10-foot-wide walkways. If you have to settle for a general grounds tickets, do since the early rounds played on these courts are often interesting and hard fought.

Crowds surely jostle for viewing space along these walkways during the championships, but for the interservice competition everyone is relaxed, with polite clapping for good plays and tea breaks.

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