Any­one for ten­nis?

Harefield Gazette - - SUMMER SPORT -

GET the straw­ber­ries and cream at the ready, it’s time for Wim­ble­don , which can only mean that the en­tire coun­try will go ten­nis-mad for a fort­night.

This year, the ten­nis is tak­ing place from Mon­day June 27 to Sun­day July 10 .

Last year’s cham­pi­ons, Ser­ena Wil­liams and No­vak Djokovic, both look like favourites to land the tro­phies this year, but will Andy Murray - run­ner-up to Djokovic in four sets at the re­cent French Open fi­nal - turn his luck around and bag a win for the UK in 2016? Here’s ev­ery­thing you need to know ahead of Wim­ble­don Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships 2016:

How to get tick­ets Queue up: If you’ve been un­able to get a ticket via bal­lot or Tick­et­mas­ter, then queu­ing up on the day is an­other op­tion.

Tick­ets on the day are avail­able for Cen­tre Court, No.1 Court and No.2 Court but, if you’ve got your heart set on the fi­nals, then the bal­lot is your best bet be­cause the last four days on Cen­tre Court are all sold in ad­vance.

You can also buy ground passes ev­ery day, which gets you ac­cess to un­re­served seat­ing and stand­ing room on Courts No. 3 to 19.

How do I know who is play­ing? Or­der of play is an­nounced the night be­fore. You can check the lat­est in­for­ma­tion at www.wim­ble­don. com/en_GB/scores/sched­ule/in­dex.html. How to get there The cham­pi­onships are held an­nu­ally at The All Eng­land Lawn Ten­nis and Cro­quet Club: The All Eng­land Lawn Ten­nis Club, Church Road, Wim­ble­don, SW19 5AE.

Tube/train: The clos­est tube sta­tions are South­fields (15 min­utes) and Wim­ble­don (20 min­utes). Wim­ble­don sta­tion also has train ser­vices run­ning reg­u­larly from Water­loo. You can walk from Wim­ble­don sta­tion, or there is a shut­tle bus sys­tem in place for the cham­pi­onships (run­ning ev­ery five min­utes).

Tram: Trams run ev­ery 10-15 min­utes from East Croy­don to Wim­ble­don dur­ing the day on Mon­day to Saturday, and once ev­ery 30 min­utes on Sun­days.

Taxi: There will be taxi ranks at South­fields and Wim­ble­don sta­tions; there will be a shut­tle bus ser­vice also de­part­ing from these taxi ranks.

Bus: A shut­tle bus ser­vice will be in oper­a­tion to The Cham­pi­onships from Wim­ble­don Sta­tion. A bus ser­vice will also op­er­ate di­rect from St Pan­cras, Eus­ton, Baker Street, Mar­ble Arch and Victoria to The Cham­pi­onships ev­ery 30 min­utes.

Murray Mound Murray Mound, of­fi­cially Ao­rangi Ter­race, is a grass bank on the grounds of the All Eng­land Lawn Ten­nis and Cro­quet Club, where su­per-fans can watch the ten­nis with­out tick­ets. There is a large tele­vi­sion screen on which matches are shown.

If you wish to sit on Murray Mound with a pic­nic to watch the ten­nis, it is ad­vised that you ar­rive very early, as com­pe­ti­tion for a space will be fierce!

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