Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

Wimbledon 'more popular than ever'

Heightened interest in Andy Murray's fate is causing tennis fans to line up earlier than ever before to pick up Wimbledon tickets, it has been claimed

Tennis fans are lining up earlier than ever before to pick up tickets for the Wimbledon show courts, organisers have said.

Thousands of supporters have descended on SW19 over the past three days in the hope of watching the elite players in action.

But hordes of fans faced disappointment after queues for tickets to Centre Court and Court 1 were closed some 24 hours before play was due to commence on those lawns.

The All England Club said more people had lined up outside the ground by 1.15pm on Tuesday than there were tickets to be allocated for the two major show courts.

Similar scenes played out last year but these were witnessed at a later stage in the tournament, as Andy Murray neared the final.

Organisers attributed the unprecedented early arrival of fans to heightened interest in Murray's fate this year.

A spokesman said on Tuesday: "There are enough people in the queue to cover the Centre Court and Court 1 for tomorrow.

"There are still ground passes available but people have now been advised not to come until tomorrow morning.

"We are seeing very healthy queue numbers, no doubt buoyed by the fact that Murray and Federer will be playing tomorrow."

Each day the All England Club has allocated 500 tickets to people who queue for a seat on Centre Court, Court 1 and Court 2.