Everything you need to know about Wimbledon 2023

Everything you need to know about Wimbledon 2023

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Roger, royals and rackets – a glorious guide to the prestigious tournament. 

Wimbledon is one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world. Taking place from 3 to 16 July, it is held on the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club. Over the years, the championship has welcomed sporting superstars including Billie Jean King, Boris Becker, John McEnroe and Serena Williams. This year, visitors can catch top players including Iga Swaitek, Dan Evans and Novak Djokovic. 

The All England Croquet Club was founded in 1868, and the first-ever Wimbledon tournament took place in 1877. The event was the world’s first official lawn tennis tournament, and it was originally created to raise enough funds to repair a broken roller for the lawns. During the event, wooden rackets were used to play, the last of which was used in 1987. 

Wimbledon 2023

Wimbledon 2023 has a total prize fund of £44,700,000. The Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Singles champions and runners-up will receive £2,350,000 and £1,175,000 respectively. Ian Hewitt, Chairman of the All England Club, commented: “We are delighted to offer record prize money to the players competing at The Championships this year, with double digit increases across the majority of events. Our ambition with this distribution is to return the singles champions and runners-up prize money to the levels in 2019.”

The Wimbledon 2023 tournament comprises seven rounds and the first two days are taken up by the men’s and women’s first-rounds. The second round is on 5 and 6 July, the third round is on 7 and 8 July, and the fourth round is on 9 and 10 July. The quarter-final is on 11 and 12 July, semi-finals are on 13 and 14 July. The all-important final takes place on 16 July – as the world will see who becomes the Wimbledon 2023 champion.

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Wimbledon traditions 

Over the years, Wimbledon has become famous for its quaint traditions. In 1963, it was announced that players must wear all white, and what is deemed as suitable clothing is left to the discretion of the referee. Plus, visitors often dress their best and famous faces, from celebrities to politicians, can be spotted in the stands. 

No trip to Wimbledon is complete without strawberries and cream. Over the competition, a whopping 191,930 portions of strawberries are consumed. Pimm’s is the drink of choice and 276,291 glasses are drunk.  

The Royal Box includes, well, members of the royal family. The King and Queen have rarely made an appearance in the box, but the Prince and Princess of Wales are often seen in the box. In recent years, the trophies have been handed out by Kate Middleton. In 2022, Prince George joined his parents and Djokovic gave him his trophy to hold. 

The most successful players include Swiss Roger Federer, who has won eight men’s titles, and Czech Martina Navratilova, who has won nine women’s titles. This year, Djokovic is hoping to tie with Federer’s record, as he has won seven times. Djokovic has even started his own Wimbledon tradition when he wins of eating grass from the grounds.

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Wimbledon 2023 tickets

Each year, there is a ballot for Wimbledon tickets, which opens in September. The ballot has closed, but don’t fret – there are ways of watching the action and it’s not just on TV. This is one of the few sports where you can buy tickets on the day. 

Five hundred tickets for Centre Court are sold each day, except on the last four days. Ground Pass tickets are available, and give visitors access to courts three, 12 and 18, and The Hill (affectionately known as Henman Hill and Murray Mound, after the players Tim Henman and Andy Murray). Plus, there is a ticket resale scheme and last-minute tickets for American Express cardholders. 

The British love to queue, so much so that Wimbledon 2023 has formed The Queue. If you join the line in Wimbledon Park by 9am, you have a good chance of getting onto the grounds. We’d recommend bringing a picnic blanket, food and drink, and arriving at sunrise. Note: there are toilets and food trucks. Eating grass is optional.

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GO: Visit www.wimbledon.com for more information.