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Wimbledon Traditions

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As you would expect from any tournament that has been running for more than 130 years, Wimbledon has its fair share of traditions. Some of these, such as the all white outfits that players must wear, date back to the initial code of conduct which was drawn up for the tournament’s first ever event in 1877; others have evolved over time.

For many fans one of the greatest Wimbledon traditions revolves around actually getting in to the ground itself. While many tickets to see the action on the show courts of Centre Court and Court One are sold out many months, or even years in advance, there are usually a small number available for purchase from the box office on the day of competition. This leads to fans waiting overnight in front of the box office for their chance to buy tickets, camped out with tents and sleeping bags. Many fans that like to buy their tickets this way recommend that you should claim your place in line at around 9pm.

Another of Wimbledon’s traditions is the selection of ball boys and girls, who help the matches run smoothly by collecting the stray balls. These helpers are selected from local schools, and with over 600 applicants competition to take part is fierce. Although the ball boys and girls are paid a modest sum for their work, around £150 for the 13-day tournament, the true compensation for their time is the experience of playing an active part during Wimbledon.

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