How Can I Watch the 2023 Wimbledon Qualifying Competition?
By Ed C
Updated 15th February 2023
Qualifying is an opportunity for top-ranked players who aren't automatically entered into the Championships. Here's how you can get a ticket.
What is Wimbledon Qualifying?
The 'Wimbledon Qualifying Competition' provides an opportunity for top-ranked players who aren't automatically entered into the main draw to participate in one of the biggest tournaments of the year.
Typically, qualifying entrants are ranked between 100 and 250 in the world and must win three matches to qualify. Sixteen men and 16 women will qualify for the singles events. If someone else withdraws at the last minute, it is also possible for a lucky loser to gain entry into the main draw, and a random draw is conducted between the four highest-ranked players who lost in the final qualifying round to determine who will take their spot.
What are the Wimbledon Qualifying dates?
The Wimbledon Qualifying matches are scheduled to take place from Monday to Thursday, the week before the start of the Championships. In 2023, the Qualifying matches will be held between the 26th and 29th of June.
Where is Wimbledon Qualifying held?
Qualifying at Wimbledon is conducted off-site to preserve the grass, which is a unique feature compared to other Grand Slam events. However, the AELTC are planning to hold Qualifying on-site in the future.
The current venue for qualifying matches is:
The Bank of England Sports Centre
Bank Lane (off Priory Lane)
What is the format?
The Wimbledon Qualifying Competition follows a knockout format, with men playing best of three sets for the first two rounds, and best of five sets for the final round. Women play best of three sets throughout the competition.
A tiebreak to 10 is played to determine the winner if the final set reaches 6-6, similar to the Grand Slams. Those who win all three matches (16 men and 16 women) qualify for the Wimbledon main draw.
How do I get tickets?
Tennis fans can buy tickets online for £10 for per day, with all proceeds going towards the Wimbledon foundation.
It is advisable to buy tickets in advance to guarantee entry, although there may be some available at the gate on the day. The tickets give access to all the courts. Coverage of the event will be available from selected broadcasters, such as the BBC Sport website and BBC red button in the UK.
Tips for first time attendees
The atmosphere during the Qualifying Competition differs greatly from that of the Championships.
The only court with grandstand seating is often difficult to get a seat on. A bank of grass is available where people can sit and watch a few of the courts. Bringing a foldable chair is advisable, especially if there's a particular match or player that you want to watch, or if you don't want to stand for extended periods of time. Many attendees, however, appreciate the freedom to wander around the courts and view numerous matches.
Accessing the venue is not easy, as there is no on-site parking and the nearest train station, Barnes, is a 15-minute walk away, so bear that in mind before you decide to attend.
There is a café where you can get lunch and refreshments, but many bring their own food and drink, which is permitted.
All in all, the Qualifying Competition is a great opportunity to see some high-class grass court tennis, up close, and for a very low price.
It is also a chance to watch some of the game’s rising stars before they become regulars on the ATP and WTA Tours.
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