How does the Wimbledon Championships Public Ballot work?

The Wimbledon Public Ballot is one way of obtaining tickets for the Championships every year, but tickets are not guaranteed.

The Wimbledon Public Ballot was first held in 1924 and it is intended to be the fairest way of allocating tickets to the general public. There are separate ballots for the UK and Overseas attendees.

The UK ballot had been a manual process with postal registration applications until 2019 but moved online for the 2020 Championships. Online registration is now in place for both the UK and Overseas Ballots.

Most of the seats for Centre Court, Courts 1 and 2 are included in the Wimbledon Ballot.

There is no charge to enter the ballot but entry only guarantees the applicant a place in the draw.

Seats are allocated randomly to successful applicants by a computerised system, so it is not possible to request specific days or courts. The ballot operates as a lottery. Ticket allocations are limited to two per successful applicant.

The ballot is substantially oversubscribed and, therefore, the chances of obtaining tickets via this method are slim.

Tickets obtained through the ballot are relatively cost-effective. Centre Court tickets for the 2020 Championships ranged from £70 for the first two days of the tournament to £240 for the men’s finals.

Successful applications are usually informed in February of the Championship year. They can accept or reject the tickets. Payment for accepted tickets must be made within a specified time period. If tickets are rejected, or if payment is not received within the required time frame, these tickets are re-balloted.

Tickets obtained through the ballot are subject to restrictions and cannot be gifted, transferred, sold or advertised.

Any tickets that breach these restrictions will be voided, and the ticket holder may be denied entry into the grounds.

There will be no ballot for 2022

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) cancelled the 2020 Championships on 1st April 2020 and refunded all payments that it had received. In addition, the AELTC decided to give first preference to the people who would have attended the cancelled 2020 championships. Any applicant who provided payment for their 2020 offer will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets for the same day and court for The Championships 2021.

The next Wimbledon Ballot will take place for the 2022 Championships. Applicants must register their interest by 31ST December 2021 online and successful applicants will be informed from February 2022 onwards.

Read: When is the 2022 Wimbledon ticket ballot?

How can Green and Purple help?

If you are a Wimbledon Debenture holder looking to sell tickets to Wimbledon, we can help. Alternatively, if you wish to buy tickets to Wimbledon, we currently have tickets available for all days of The Championships 2022.