The Wimbledon Tennis Championships is the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. The event is a mecca for tennis fans, many of whom are celebrities and other people in the public eye. If you plan to attend the Tournament, here’s who you may find yourself rubbing shoulders with.
The world’s best tennis players
Of all the |Grand Slam Tournaments, The Wimbledon Championship is the one most coveted by the world’s best seeded players.
For 2022, favourites for the men’s tournament should include Djokovic, Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Zverev, Thiem, Federer and, of course, Rafael Nadal.
Hot tips for the ladies win include Barty, Williams, Sabalenka , Osaka, Krejčíková and Muguruza.
For British fans, all eyes will be on Cameron Norrie and Emma Raducanu hoping to repeat their storming form from 2020 (no pressure).
If you are hoping to see the top players in action, your best chance will be to get a ticket on Centre Court or No. 1 Court. That said, the top players can usually be seen ticking off the early rounds on the outer courts, especially in the first week of the tournament.
If you are lucky, you might even find yourself watching Emma Raducanu in action on an outside court, having gained access to the Tournament with a Ground Pass only.
At the exclusive end of the Wimbledon experience, a Debenture ticket get’s you up close and personal with the stars. Just don’t forget to turn up in your Sunday best!
Autograph hunting opportunities
Autograph hunters have always been part of the fabric of the Championships.
AELTC COVID-19 safety guidelines meant there were no player autograph opportunities at The Championships in 2021.
The best chance of getting an autograph from your favourite player as normality resumes, would be to wait by the players’ entrance on Henman Hill (or Murray Mound if you’re supporting Andy).
Members of the Royal family
Situated right behind the south baseline of Centre Court, sits the Royal Box.
Invitations to sit in the Royal Box are made by the Chairman of the AELTC. Invitations are typically made to members of the Royal family (by open invitation), figures from the world of tennis, athletes, celebrities and other prominent figures from the media.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are likely to be in attendance, with Kate Middleton no serving as royal patron of All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC).
The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Princesses Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are also regulars.
If you’re hoping to spot a celebrity, your best chance is to be in the stands on Centre Court or No. I Court during the later rounds of the Tournament.
You might see some of the world’s most famous actors like Tom Hanks, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Grant Sienna Miller and Keira Knightley in the stands.
The Beckhams, Snoop Dogg and Kim Kardashian have been spotted at the Championships.
You are also likely to see some of the world’s top athletes, like Serena Williams and Tiger Woods.
Models like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner have been spotted at Wimbledon in the past.
The AELTC does not release a list of celebrities who have or will be attending the Championships. You will need to keep your eyes peeled to spot who might be hiding behind the sunglasses.
When and where in the Tournament am I most likely to see a celebrity?
The Royal Box on Centre Court is comprised of 74 seats, most of which will be occupied by high profile people. The later in the Tournament you attend, the more likely you are to see very famous people.
More generally, Centre Court and Court No. 1 offer the best celeb spotting opportunities. Pay particular attention to the Debenture seats which are on the same seating tier as the Royal Box.
There are also various hospitality suites dotted around the stands where celebrities can often be seen here enjoying a glass of Champagne.
If you’re really lucky, you might spot someone famous walking through the grounds. Keep your eyes peeled.