How Does The Wimbledon Championships Overseas Ballot Work?
By Ed C
Updated 13th January 2022
If you are a UK resident you can apply for Wimbledon tickets through the Public Ballot. Overseas residents can also apply for tickets, but must do so through the Overseas Ballot.
Here's what you need to know.
What is the Wimbledon Overseas Ballot?
The Wimbledon Overseas Ballot is one of the most cost effective ways for non-UK residents to obtain tickets to The Wimbledon Championships.
The Overseas Ballot is a lottery. Winners will be offered one or two tickets (as required) for a full day on Centre Court, No.1 Court, No.2 Court or No.3 Court. If you do only want a single ticket, you can indicate this on application or you can notify the Ticket Office prior to making payment.
You will not be able to indicate your preferred date or court when you enter the Overseas Ballot. If you win the Ballot, you could end up watching anything from the first day's play on Court No.3, to the Men's Finals on the last day of play on Centre Court.
What are the rules of the overseas ballot?
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) makes every effort to run an equitable lottery, that gives as many people as possible an equal chance of winning.
Failing to observe any of the following rules could lead to your ticket, or offer of ticket, being withdrawn:
- You must only submit one application per household
- You must apply from your permanent residential address. (The AELTC will not accept applications from temporary addresses, work addresses or holiday home addresses.)
- If successful, you must not sell or transfer your tickets. Wimbledon Debenture tickets are the only tickets to the Championships that can be legally transferred or sold.
- You will need to read the conditions of sale and conditions of entry to the Tournament before you apply. These are published on the Wimbledon site and are quite lengthy. These conditions are summarised here.
How do I enter the Wimbledon Overseas Ballot?
To enter you will need to complete an Overseas Ballot Entry Form.
The AELTC requires all applicants to complete this form themselves. The form cannot be filled out by a family member, friend or agent.
You will need to provide your email address, which will need to be valid at the time of application until after the date of the Tournament.
Shortly after you submit your application you will receive a confirmation email.
IMPORTANT: You will need to click on a link in this email to verify your application, within 24 hours of receipt. If you do not confirm within the 24 hour timeframe, your application will expire and you will need to reapply.
If your circumstances or details change after you have submitted your application, you will be able to notify the AELTC via a link provided in the application confirmation email
When does the Overseas Ballot open?
The Overseas Ballot is usually open for the first 2 weeks of December, in the year before the Tournament.
Was there an Overseas Ballot for Wimbledon 2022?
No. However , following the cancellation of the Tournament in 2020 and the rollover of 2021 Ballot tickets to 2022, there will be no Overseas Ballot for the 2022 Championships.
The Overseas Ballot will return for the Championships 2023.
What happens if I win?
If your application is successful, you will be notified by email - usually within the first 3 months of the year in which you plan to attend.
If you do not hear from the AELTYC within the first 3 months of application, you can assume that your application has not been successful.
The specific day, court and seat are assigned by the AELTC. You cannot change these. You will not be notified of your specific seat numbers until the May before the Tournament.
Wimbledon now distributes e-tickets which are distributed via the myWimbledon App. You will need to set up the myWimbledon App on a mobile device (or other device capable of accessing the internet) beforehand.
If you cannot attend on the day you are offered, you can reject the tickets and these will be re-balloted in the second ballot.
Can I get a refund If I can't attend?
Yes. You can get a full refund for your tickets right up to the morning of the day the ticket is valid for. You will need to contact the ticket office who will arrange for you to be refunded.
How do I pay for tickets?
The notification email will contain a link enabling you to pay for your tickets online by credit or debit card.
What are my chances of winning the Overseas Ballot?
The Wimbledon Championships is one of the most prestigious events in the sporting calendar. Competition for tickets is fierce and there are no guarantees that your application will be successful.
The Ballot is a random selection process. It is estimated that around one in ten applicants are successful in obtaining tickets through the Overseas Ballot.
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