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It must be love: thousands of tennis fans are camping out for Wimbledon tickets

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Rosie Percy
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As well as patchy sunburn and jugs of Pimms, another stalwart of the British summer has finally arrived: Wimbledon.

The world famous tennis tournament started serving in SW19 today, and tennis fans have swarmed on the area hoping to see Andy Murray defend his winning title. 

Premium tickets for Centre Court, No.1 Court and No.2 Court are available to buy on the day of play - but numbers are limited, meaning competition is high.

For the best chance of nabbing one of the coveted court spots, tennis fans tend to get there early. As of this morning almost 7,000 people were already queuing, with some having camped out over the weekend to grab a card that marks your place in the queue (and therefore what court you're most likely to get on). 

Pictures from the scene show a sea of coloured tents, plastic cups of warm booze and, in true Wimbledon manner, a guide to queuing.

#wimbledon #wimbledonpark #nofilter #londonsummer #wimbledon2017

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Nearly there 😂

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Wimbledon queuing 🏸👫 #firstday #longline #Wimbledon #tennis

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The queue #wimbledon #tennis #summer #sunset #camping #wimbledon2017

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In the queue! Praying to get in by 1pm.

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Waiting for Day One of Wimbledon with @fashelby 🎾 Only #8000 in the queue #wimbledon #tennis

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I probably should've queued earlier than 5am with a tent #Wimbledon #GroundsOnlyTicket

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The Queue. Wimbledon Park

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#wimbledon2015 #theQueue

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#intheque #Wimbledon

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#wimbledon #waiting #sleep #picnic #relax

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Camping out at #Wimbledon on the hottest day yet. Another 8075 people to go...

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#queue #card #secondcourt

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Tonight's Home #wimbledontennis2017

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This morning I shall mostly be in a queue... #Wimbledon #Summertime #MyLondon #LoveLondon #Suncream

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#Wimbledon #2015 #london #summer2015

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