The queue for Wimbledon’s Monday show court tickets has already exceeded the number of seats available, over 24 hours before play begins.
Tennis fanatics flocked to SW19 in the hope of grabbing Centre Court places on day one of The Championships which features Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Serena Williams’s first round matches.
Wimbledon sells approximately 500 tickets for each of Centre Court, Court One and Court Two to the general public every day, plus several thousand Ground Admission tickets which give access to outside courts.
These can only be bought on the day of play via the now-legendary queue at Gate 3 (so legendary that Wimbledon itself has given it proper-noun privileges and calls it The Queue).
Time was that a few hardy souls would camp out overnight to ensure prime tickets, but anyone joining the queues on Sunday afternoon will be in for a nasty shock with over 1,000 fans in front of them.
In fact, Saturday even saw the bizarre spectacle of people queuing up to join the queue, which did not open officially until Sunday morning.
Wimbledon’s Twitter account broke the news just after 11am, urging people not yet in line to wait until morning before queuing for ground admission.
Those with the foresight to arrive early on Sunday now face an interminable wait before they can actually get their hands on the tickets – gates open at 9.30am on Monday and fans must not leave their place in the queue.
Rain is forecast in south-west London on Sunday evening.