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Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2023: your ultimate guide

Don't balls up your visit to the the biggest event of the tennis calendar

Sarah Cohen
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Time Out London editors
Sarah Cohen

It wouldn't be summer without Wimbledon, the mega tennis tournament that gets Londoners battling for tickets, watching on the screens at Henman Hill (or Murray Mound), or glued to the telly at home, each sultry day soundtracked with the trademark thunk of balls hitting rackets. This legendary event has been running since 1877, with fans flocking to leafy Wimbledon to eat strawberries and cream and see the world's biggest tennis pros sweat and grunt their way through matches.

Here’s our guide to everything you need to know about this year’s tennis extravaganza, whether you’re in it to see the matches IRL or just fancy making a beeline for the nearest big screen.

When does Wimbledon 2023 start and finish?

This year, the two week event will run from Monday 3rd July 2023 to Sunday 16th July 2023. As last year, it'll be played without the traditional rest day on middle Sunday. Play on the outside courts starts at 11am each day, and begins on the Show Courts between 1pm and 1:30pm. It'll be hosted by the All England Lawn Tennis Club, which has been its home since 1877.

Can I go and see matches?

Demand for a spot in the crowd at Wimbledon is sky high: tickets are sold via a ballot which has now closed for 2023. But you're still in with a chance of watching, either by purchasing (eye-bleedingly expensive) Debentures tickets, or by joining The Queue to buy day tickets (typically, that means turning up the night before to get Show Court seats, or at 9am for a Grounds Pass). 

However, seeing as it’s the most prestigious Grand Slam in the tennis biz (and the one with the best treats, what’s better than strawberries and cream, eh?), there are more places to see it than just Wimbledon itself. There are pop-up big screens all over the city where you can watch the action unfold, with a Pimm’s in hand.

What's the best day to go to Wimbledon?

The best day to go to Wimbledon is arguably the singles finals, which fall at the very end of the fortnight on the final Sunday, and involve major showdowns between international champions. But there are plenty of thrills and spills to be had earlier in the tournament, too. 

Want to know more about this massive sporting spectacular? Read on. 

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