The Championships, Wimbledon is one of four Grand Slam tennis tournaments and is the only major still played on grass. It is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and widely regarded as the most prestigious. If you’re going this year, here’s an etiquette guide to all things Wimbledon.
The all-white dress code for players is infamously strict, but what about spectators? Torn jeans, running vests, dirty trainers and sports shorts are banned for Debenture ticket holders and some hospitality areas prohibit jeans and trainers. The dress code is also stricter within the Member’s Enclosure where men must wear a lounge suit or tailored jacket, shirt, and tie. Thankfully, with temperatures expected to hit the mid-twenties during this year's tournament, tailored shorts are permitted. Women should avoid anything too tight or short. Simple, classic looks are encouraged.
Generally, the style is smart casual with plenty of white outfits inspired by the players.
If it’s your first time at the tennis tournament, it’s good to go armed with some knowledge of the event:
Wimbledon is not just a celebration of tennis, it is also a celebration of great food and drink. It is the single largest annual sporting catering operation carried out in Europe with a range of eating and drinking options that reflect the history and heritage of the event. There are plenty of options on offer, ranging from gourmet sandwiches and homemade salads, to seasonal dishes prepared by chefs.
You are welcome to bring your own food and drink to Wimbledon, though hard-sided containers and items, such as hampers, cool boxes, flasks and camping chairs are not allowed. Champagne and other alcoholic beverages are allowed, although they are limited to one bottle or two cans per person.
Wimbledon serves on average:
Wimbledon 2018 runs from 2nd July – 15th July
All visitors are strongly advised to use public transport services wherever possible.
The nearest tube stations are Southfields and Wimbledon. A shuttle bus service operates from Wimbledon to the Grounds.
London General also operates a bus service direct from St Pancras, Euston, Baker Street, Marble Arch and Victoria to The Championships, departing every 30 minutes.
Trams run every five minutes from East Croydon station to Wimbledon station during the day. This service takes around 26 minutes.
See you at the tennis.