Things are already TENT at Wimbledon! Crowds of tennis fans gather outside the club

Things are already TENT at Wimbledon! Crowds of tennis fans have set up camp outside the club in the desperate hope of securing tickets for the first day of the tournament tomorrow

  • Crowds of tennis fans were spotted preparing for the start of Wimbledon tomorrow
  • Rows of neatly laid out tents were seen at Wimbledon Park – with full capacity for the first time since 2019
  • Loungers, rugs and fans for the summer heat were just some of the ways spectators kept their cool
  • Andy Murray set to face Australian James Duckworth in first round of men’s singles

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Crowds of keen tennis fans were spotted at Wimbledon today ready to secure tickets for tomorrow’s opening matches, with some making themselves quite comfortable away from the club.

Deck chairs, mats and fans for the summer heat were just a few of the ways spectators kept their cool while pitching their tents for tomorrow’s early qualifiers.

Tents were spotted neatly arranged in rows at Wimbledon Park in south-west London today ahead of Monday’s opener, with Andy Murray taking on Australian James Duckworth in the first round.

It is the first time in three years that the stands at Wimbledon will be back at full capacity, after the 2020 event was canceled due to the Covid pandemic.

Last year, Wimbledon was held at 50% capacity and spectators had to test negative for Covid beforehand.

All eyes will be on Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, whose presence has been in doubt this year.

The lifting of restrictions on Covid vaccines has allowed Djokovic to appear, as Nadal is believed to overcome the pain of a foot injury to win his first Grand Slam.

A woman makes herself at home in Wimbledon Park, ready for tomorrow’s opening, with sun loungers and bags full of camping gear

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Order order!  Organization at Wimbeldon Park has been fine-tuned as campers pitched their tents in a near-perfect straight line

Order order! Organization at Wimbeldon Park has been fine-tuned as campers pitched their tents in a near-perfect straight line

For many viewers, this will be their first chance to watch live tennis in over three years after the 2019 event was canceled

For many viewers, this will be their first chance to watch live tennis in over three years after the 2019 event was canceled

Attendees came well-stocked and well-prepared for the two-week event, which is expected to feature matches every day

Attendees came well-stocked and well-prepared for the two-week event, which is expected to feature matches every day

Get in the spirit!  Two tennis fans played their own singles match as excitement built up for tomorrow's opener.

Get in the spirit! Two tennis fans played their own singles match as excitement built up for tomorrow’s opener.

Most tickets to the world’s biggest tennis event are distributed by lottery. After the event was canceled two years ago, this year’s ballot has been closed to the public to allow 2020 winning ticket holders to finally be able to use them.

But those without a ballot can camp overnight at Wimbledon Park for early access to the courts the next day. Typically, campers are given a numbered queue card, allowing them to pitch their tent for the night.

The next morning, campers are woken up by club stewards and must store their tents in the site’s luggage room. Then they get back into a queue in the order of their queue cards, in order to receive wristbands from the stewards – allowing them access to the court gates – where they can pay for the tickets for the match.

Early Wimbledon arrivals relaxed with cans and food as they enjoyed the summer weather. Organization at Wimbeldon Park was polished to the hilt, as campers pitched their tents in an almost perfect straight line.

Attendees came well-stocked and well-prepared for the two-week event, which is expected to feature matches every day.

British favorite Emma Raducanu says Wimbledon is “full steam” after worrying about her fitness in the run-up to her home Grand Slam.

Queues of keen tennis spectators waited happily in the sunshine to enter Wimbledon grounds

Queues of keen tennis spectators waited happily in the sunshine to enter Wimbledon grounds

Wimbledon camping is tightly regulated, with tents neatly arranged in rows at the behest of organizers

Wimbledon camping is tightly regulated, with tents neatly arranged in rows at the behest of organizers

It was a good thing for the pitchers to set up a tent at Wimbledon, with temperatures expected to reach 20 degrees Celsius (68F)

It was a good thing for the pitchers to set up a tent at Wimbledon, with temperatures expected to reach 20 degrees Celsius (68F)

Park travelers in south-west London were able to relax and enjoy refreshments after settling in early for tomorrow's opening

Park travelers in south-west London were able to relax and enjoy refreshments after settling in early for tomorrow’s opening

Two young women enjoyed sitting on rugs on the grass and chatting as they relaxed after reaching Wimbledon

Two young women enjoyed sitting on rugs on the grass and chatting as they relaxed after reaching Wimbledon

Second row!  As more and more ticket holders arrived at Wimbledon Park, a second row of dozens formed

Second row! As more and more ticket holders arrived at Wimbledon Park, a second row of dozens formed

This year's ballot for tickets has been closed to allow holders of 2020 winning tickets to finally be able to use them after their ballot has closed

This year’s ballot for tickets has been closed to allow holders of 2020 winning tickets to finally be able to use them after their ballot has closed

Teenager Raducanu rose to fame when she won the US Open last year as a qualifier and expectations will be high when she plays her first round match on Monday.

A side injury has hampered Raducanu in recent weeks and she has failed to complete a game since Roland Garros – not great preparation for the fortnight.

But the 10th seed sounded upbeat when she spoke to the media on Saturday, downplaying the fact that she pulled out of her second training session on Friday.

“I definitely run it from Nottingham. I took two weeks off,” Raducanu said.


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