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London | Wimbledon Update – congratulations to Her Majesty, ticket arrangements confirmed

The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club congratulated The Queen on her Platinum Jubilee earlier this week, acknowledging and thankful to Her Majesty for her long service as the Club’s Patron for 64 years, and wishing her every success and happiness as she marks this historic milestone.

The Queen has presented the trophy on four occasions at The Championships, to Althea Gibson in 1957, Rod Laver in 1962 and, perhaps most famously during her Silver Jubilee, to Virginia Wade in 1977, while she also made an official visit during Wimbledon in 2010.

The Duchess of Cambridge took over as Patron of the AELTC in 2016 and, last year, she attended both the men’s and women’s Championship matches, participating in the trophy ceremonies, while she can often be seen in the Royal Box over the course of the tournament.


Queen Elizabeth II (far left) looks on as Virginia Wade holds aloft the Venus Rosewater Dish after defeating Betty Stove in the Women's Singles Final at Wimbledon on 1 July 1977

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This year, fans will have to pay the same amount to watch the men’s and women’s singles finals for the first time.

The Times reports that, in 2021, fans watching Australian Ash Barty’s win over Czech Karolina Pliskova had to pay £200 for their Centre Court tickets, while those watching the men’s final between Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Italy’s Matteo Berrettini had to stump up £240.

In 2022, however, it has been confirmed that it will now cost ticket-holders £240 for both the men’s and women’s singles finals, thus ending a long-running discrepancy in the face value of Centre Court seats between the two matches.

The AELTC has also decided the price hike will be replicated for the semi-finals of The Championships, with women’s singles matches costing £210 to match the men’s while, for the first time, spectators in the lower sections will have to pay £10 more than fans sitting higher up.

The Times understands that AELTC officials took the decision to ensure that the women’s event is not perceived to be any less important, particularly at a time when there is growing public interest in women’s sport and a wider push for gender equality.

The emergence of a genuine young British contender in Emma Raducanu will also have played a part, and a high level of demand is expected despite the increase in price.

The 19-year-old attracted a peak of 9.2 million television viewers on Channel 4 when she won the US Open last year, and there will be a clamour for tickets to see her in action at Wimbledon as she bids to become the first female singles player from this country to win The Championships since Virginia Wade in 1977.


A general view over the grounds as the gates open for ticket holders ahead of the start of play during Day One of The Championships 2021

Some, however, will undoubtedly question the decision because of the shorter best-of-three-sets the women play, rather than best-of-five men’s format.

Barty’s 3-set victory against Karolina Pliskova in last year’s women’s final lasted 1 hour 55 minutes, while Novak Djokovic’s 4-set win over Matteo Berrettini in the men’s final took 3 hours 23 minutes.

New scheduling, however, will help to equate the entertainment value in terms of duration, with the mixed doubles final now following the women’s singles semi-finals, while the men’s doubles final will be played after the women’s singles final, and the women’s doubles final will conclude The Championships after the men’s singles final.

Wimbledon has paid the winners of the men’s and women’s singles’ Championships the same prize money since 2007 when, 15 years ago, the grass court major became the last Grand Slam to offer equal prize money.

Venus Williams, who has 5 Wimbledon titles to her name, was a huge activist for equal pay, and won her 4th crown in 2007, when she became the first woman to win exactly the same as the men’s champion, £700,000.

Ticket Prices for The Wimbledon Championships 2022


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Wimbledon will take place from 27 June to 10 July, and organisers have previously announced that there would be no Public Ballot for tickets in order to allow for those who were successful in the 2020 Ballot to take up their ticket offer and they will be offered tickets for the same day and court at this year’s Championships.

The Championships were cancelled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic while, last year, there was limited access for spectators, which resulted in unusual ticketing provisions.

The AELTC has now confirmed this year’s ticket prices alongside distribution arrangements on its website at wimbledon.com and fans will be able to register to receive access to any ballot returns.

Tickets will be distributed via the official Wimbledon Mobile Apps on iOS and Android, which will be updated for release in the spring of 2022.

The Queue and Ticket Resale will return in 2022 for on-day sales, while all public tickets will be available to purchase in 2022, marking a return to full capacity within the grounds.

The Club also states that ticket integrity will continue to be of the utmost importance, with strictly one pair of tickets available per household.


The Queue, seen here as a steward holds a sign for fans lining up for tickets at Wimbledon 2012, returns in 2022

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