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Key questions answered as spectators prepare to attend Wimbledon

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Wimbledon announced detailed plans for this year’s Championships on Wednesday.

With less than two weeks until the tournament, confirmation was given of ticketing arrangements and what will be expected of spectators.

Here, the PA news agency answers the key questions.

How can I buy tickets?

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The ballot and queue have been sidelined for this year, with all tickets sold online. Anyone wanting to buy tickets must register on the myWimbledon website by midnight on Wednesday. Tickets will go on sale at 1pm on Thursday, but they will be released in batches so there will be different opportunities to purchase them.

Will they be more expensive?

No. Prices are the same as had been announced for the 2020 tournament, which was cancelled.

How many tickets are being sold?

Wimbledon 2016 – Middle Sunday – The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
It is hoped that Centre Court will be at full capacity for the semi-finals and finals (Adam Davy/PA)

A lot more than had been anticipated. During the first week, capacity will be capped at half of normal levels, so 21,000 people. Centre Court and Court One will both be sold at 50 per cent capacity, with the smaller show courts capped at 75 per cent. During the second week, it is hoped capacity for the two main courts will increase for the fourth round and quarter-finals, with full capacity for the semi-finals and finals.

Are vaccine passports being used?

Yes. Because Wimbledon is part of the Government’s events research programme, anyone attending as a fan will need to either show proof of full vaccination, a negative lateral-flow test or immunity through a recent Covid infection (a positive PCR test in the previous 180 days).

What about masks?

Masks will be required while spectators are moving around the grounds but not when seated.

Is Henman Hill being used?

Wimbledon 2016 – Day Five – The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Spectators will be able to watch the big screen on Henman Hill (Philip Toscano/PA)

Yes, spectators will be able to watch the big screen on Henman Hill. The logistics of how to operate the site safely are still being worked out and masks may be required.

Can I get close to the players?

Tennis – 2015 Wimbledon Championships – Day Seven – The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Players will be told not to sign autographs or take photos with fans (Philip Toscano/PA)

No. To keep players, fans, and everyone at the tournament safe, the players are confined to a minimised risk environment, which means they are only able to spend time at either the All England Club or a designated hotel. Players will be told not to sign autographs or take photos with fans, and access to the practice courts will be restricted.

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