Outside court play starts 2 1/2 hours before play on the Show Courts starts. Are Centre Court & No. 1 Court. ticket holders entitled to watch earlier matches on the outside courts?
When does play start?
Play on Centre Court begins every day at 1:30pm (with the exception of Finals Weekend where play starts at 2pm), and play on No. 1 Court begins every day at 1pm.
Play on the outside courts, however, starts at 11am. So in this two and a half hour window, can Centre Court and No. 1 Court ticket holders watch matches on the outside courts before play on their court begins?
Which outside courts can I access?
No. 2 Court and No. 3 Court are ticketed, so you won’t be able to access those courts. The other outside courts, however, can be accessed with any ticket, from Centre Court to a Ground Pass.
Therefore, if you want to make the absolute most of your ticket, then you can watch around two hours of play on the outside courts before taking your seat on either Centre Court or No. 1 Court.
No. 12 Court and No. 18 Court have the largest capacity, and tend to show the best matches of the outside courts. In the first week, there is Singles and Doubles action to enjoy on the outside courts.
When would I be most likely to see great tennis on the Outside Courts?
The first two days in particular, are just First Round Men’s and Ladies’ Singles on all courts, so there is a great opportunity to squeeze in some high-quality Singles action before the main courts’ play starts.
In the second week, apart from a few Singles and Doubles matches, there are the Junior events and Invitational Doubles (which features legends of the game such as Martina Navratilova) on display.
Can I move from court to court?
There is also no obligation to go to your seat at the start of play, you are free to spend as little time or as long as you want on your designated court, but if you arrive whilst play is ongoing you will have to wait until the next change of ends (which almost always occurs every two games).
How is seating allocated on the Outside Courts?
One thing to bear in mind is that seating on the outside courts is done on a first come, first serve basis. Seating on most of these courts fills up very soon after the gates open at 10:30am, so you will have to arrive promptly if you want to get a seat or standing space with a good view.
Another way to watch some tennis before play starts on the two main courts is to head to Henman Hill, where they will be showing play from No. 2 Court or No. 3 Court on the big screen. It is right next door to No. 1 Court, so very convenient if you have a ticket for it.