Wimbledon 2020 in 10 questions : Tickets, channel, schedule…

23 Mar 2020
Only Grand Slam on grass, Wimbledon is the main event of the grass swing on the tours. Here all you need to know about the 2020 edition of The Championships.

Where do the Championships take place ?

The tournament is taking place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, also called the All England Club, since the beginning, in 1877. He is located on Church Road in Wimbledon, a district from London. The tennis complex has 18 grass courts used for the tournament. 15 permanent ground staff work on site, as there are also 20 practice grass courts and 8 American clay courts. 28 staffers relay themselves during the tournament period. The main court is called the Centre Court (14 979 people). He has been equipped with an amovible roof since 2009. The other “Show Courts” are the Court N.1, also equipped with an amovible roof since 2019 and with a capacity of 12 345 people, and the Court N.2 (4 000 people). The new Court N.2 was inaugurated in 2009. The old Court N.2 is now the Court N.3.

Wimbledon's Centre Court

What are the dates for the 2020 Championships ?

The tournament is scheduled from June 29 to July 12 in 2020. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the dates remain unchanged for now. “At this time, we continue to plan for The Championships and the grass court season, and we intend to maintain the Estate with a limited team onsite, with the rest of our business operations taking place through remote working”, wrote organisers in a statement from March 17.

What is Wimbledon’s schedule ?

Here is the Provisional Championships Schedule, day by day :

  • Day 1 : Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Singles First Round, from 11am on outside courts, 1pm on Centre Court and No.1 Court.
  • Day 2 : Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Singles First Round, from 11am on outside courts, 1pm on Centre Court and No.1 Court.
  • Day 3 : Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Singles Second Round, Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Doubles First Round, from 11am on outside courts, 1pm on Centre Court and No.1 Court.
  • Day 4 : Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Singles Second Round, Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Doubles First Round, Mixed Doubles, from 11am on outside courts, 1pm on Centre Court and No.1 Court.
  • Day 5 : Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Singles Third Round, Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Doubles Second Round, Mixed Doubles, from 11am on outside courts, 1pm on Centre Court and No.1 Court.
  • Day 6 : Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Singles Third Round, Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Doubles Second Round, Mixed Doubles, Boys’ and Girls’ Singles, from 11am on outside courts, 1pm on Centre Court and No.1 Court.
  • Day 7 : No play, because of an agreement between organisers and residents from the village.
  • Day 8 : Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Singles Round of 16, Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Doubles Round of 16, Mixed Doubles, Boys’ and Girls’ Singles, from 11am on outside courts, 1pm on Centre Court and No.1 Court.
  • Day 9 : Ladies’ Singles Quarter-finals, Gentlemen’s Doubles Quarter-finals, Mixed Doubles, Boys’ and Girls’ Singles & Doubles, Invitation Doubles, from 11am on outside courts, 1pm on Centre Court and No.1 Court.
  • Day 10 : Gentlemen’s Singles Quarter-finals, Ladies’ Doubles Quarter-finals, Mixed Doubles, Boys’ and Girls’ Singles & Doubles, Invitation Doubles, from 11am on outside courts, 1pm on Centre Court and No.1 Court.
  • Day 11 : Ladies’ Singles Semi-finals, Gentlemen’s Doubles Semi-finals, Mixed Doubles, Boys’ and Girls’ Singles & Doubles, Gentlemen’s, Ladies’ and Quad Wheelchair Singles, Invitation Doubles, from 11am on outside courts, 1pm on Centre Court and No.1 Court.
  • Day 12 : Gentlemen’s Singles Semi-finals, Ladies’ Doubles Semi-finals, Mixed Doubles Semi-finals, Boys’ and Girls’ Singles & Doubles, Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Wheelchair Singles & Doubles, Quad Wheelchair Doubles Final, from 11am on outside courts, 1pm on Centre Court and No.1 Court.
  • Day 13 : Ladies’ Singles Final, Gentlemen’s Doubles Final, Girls’ Singles Final, Boys’ and Girls’ Doubles, Ladies’ Wheelchair Singles Final, Gentlemen’s Wheelchair Doubles Final, Invitation Doubles, Quad Wheelchair Singles Final and third/fourth place play-off, from 11am on outside courts, 1pm on No.1 Court and 2pm on Centre Court.
  • Day 14 : Gentlemen’s Singles Final, Ladies’ Doubles Final, Mixed Doubles Final, Boys’ Singles Final, Boys’ and Girls’ Doubles Finals, Gentlemen’s Wheelchair Singles Final, Ladies’ Wheelchair Doubles Finals, Invitation Doubles Finals, from 11am on outside courts, 1pm on No.1 Court and 2pm on Centre Court.

Wimbledon's order of play

How to get tickets for the Championships ?

Several methods are used to get tickets for the tournament. The first phase is the Wimbledon public ballot, first launched in 1924. The registration period was from September 9 to October 21 2019, then the application period was from November 1st to November 30 2019. You can ask for a pair of tickets, two separated tickets or one single ticket. The ballots started in January 2020, with the single/two single tickets are balloted once all the pairs have been offered, Ballots will be run right up to The Championships. Returned or declined tickets are continually re-balloted right up to The Championships. It is not possible to request tickets for specific days or courts, as the day and court offered are chosen randomly by a computerised selection process. It is not possible to swap days and courts. The prices for the 2020 tournament on the Centre Court go from 70 pounds (around 82 dollars) for the first day to 240 pounds (around 280 dollars) for the last day.

There are two other buying options. “There are several hundred Centre Court and No.3 Court tickets available for purchase online, explains the official website. Returned tickets are on sale 48 hours before the day of play. Reserved tickets are on sale each morning for the following day’s play. There is a strict limit of two tickets per person/address/credit card for any single day of The Championships. These tickets can sell out in seconds and are sold on a strictly first come, first served basis”.

The Queue at Wimbledon

Last there is “ The Queue”. Wimbledon tradition, here is the procedure, as explained on the official website. Tickets are sold strictly on the basis of one per person queuing. “A limited number of tickets are available daily for Centre Court, No.1 Court and No.2 Court, except for the last four days on Centre Court, when all are sold in advance. In addition, several thousand Grounds Passes are available each day at the turnstiles entitling use of unreserved seating and standing room on Courts No.3 – 18.” You must camp in Wimbledon Park to have a chance to obtain tickets for the “Show Courts”, as stewards awake campers at 6am to enter “The Queue”. Finally, “subject to availability, you can purchase returned Show Court tickets, not before 3pm, for 15 pounds for Centre Court tickets and 10 pounds for No.1 and No.2 Court tickets, from the Ticket Resale Kiosk north of Court 18 near the top of St Mary’s Walk. The proceeds from Ticket Resale are donated to the Wimbledon Foundation.”

What are The Championships’ draws ?

Final draws are completed the last Friday before the tournament’s beginning. Here is the Gentlemen’s singles draw from 2019, here the Ladies’ singles draw and here all other draws.

Why do players have to wear all-white outfits in Wimbledon ?

Wimbledon tradition, this enquiry to wear all-white outfits for the players, or at least most-white outfits, doesn’t have a specific origin. The tournament specifies nonetheless on official website what’s authorized or not. The officials, ball boys and ball girls are dressed since 2006 in navy blue and cream uniforms from Ralph Lauren.

Novak Djokovic vs Kevin Anderson, 2018 Wimbledon gentlemen's singles final

Who are The Championships’ holders ?

Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep have won respectively the Gentlemen’s singles and Ladies’ singles tournaments in 2019. The Serbian, no.1 seed, beat Roger Federer (N.2) in a thriller in five sets (7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12). This was the longest Wimbledon final in history (4h57). Halep crushed Serena Williams in the final (6-2, 6-2) and won his second Grand Slam, the first at Wimbledon, losing only one set during the whole tournament.

The complete list of 2019 winners :

  • Gentlemen’s singles : Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
  • Ladies’ singles : Simona Halep (Romania)
  • Gentlemen’s doubles : Juan Sebastian Cabal / Robert Farah (Colombia)
  • Ladies’ doubles : Hsieh Su-wei (Taipei) / Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic)
  • Mixed doubles : Latisha Chan (Taipei) / Ivan Dodig (Croatia)
  • Boys’ singles : Shintaro Mochizuki (Japan)
  • Girls’ singles : Daria Snigur (Ukraine)

Who are The Championships’ winners ?

The tournament has been held since 1877 (1884 for ladies). The record-holder for most wins in Gentlemen’s singles is Roger Federer, with 8 titles in London, between 2003 and 2017. Wimbledon winner five consecutive times from 2003 to 2007, a feat also accomplished by Bjorn Borg from 1976 to 1980, the Swiss also lost four finals (2008 against Rafael Nadal, 2014, 2015 and 2019 against Novak Djokovic). The record-holder for the ladies is Martina Navratilova, the Czech who became American, with 8 titles between 1978 and 1990. She won The Championships six consecutive times between 1982 and 1987, and also won the ladies’ doubles seven times and the mixed doubles four times, for an all-time record of 20 total titles ! The complete list of winners is available on the official website.

Roger Federer after his 2012 victory at Wimbledon

What is the prize money for The Championships ?

Wimbledon’s winners won 2,35 million pounds (2,73 million dollars) in 2019. The runner-ups earned 1,175 million pounds (1,37 million dollars). The winning doubles teams won 540 000 pounds (627 000 dollars).

Here is the full prize money from the 2019 edition for the singles’ draws :

  • Winner : 2,35 million pounds (2,73 million dollars)
  • Runner-up : 1,175 million pounds (1,37 million dollars)
  • Semi-finalist : 588 000 pounds (683 000 dollars)
  • Quarter-finalist : 294 000 pounds (341 000 dollars)
  • Round of 16 : 176 000 pounds (204 000 dollars)
  • 3rd round : 111 000 pounds (129 000 dollars)
  • 2nd round : 72 000 pounds (84 000 dollars)
  • 1st round : 45 000 pounds (52 000 dollars)

Which channel is showing Wimbledon ?

The BBC is the official The Championships broadcaster since 1927. The rights are running until 2024. In the United Kingdom, the Wimbledon Finals have to be shown live and in full on terrestrial television by government mandate. ESPN is the exclusive broadcaster of Wimbledon since 2012, making it the second Grand Slam with an exclusivement on pay coverage in the United States, after the Australian Open. The complete list of broadcasters all around the world is available on the official website.

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