Wimbledon’s famous Queue will make a comeback in 2022 having fallen victim to Covid rules last year as SW19 Slam prepares for play on middle Sunday and celebrations to mark 100 years of Centre Court
- The traditional queue to gain entry to Wimbledon is set to return next year
- It wasn’t possible to queue for tickets in 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions
- 2022 edition will also see play scheduled on middle Sunday for the first time
- Anyone who had tickets for the 2020 event will be able to switch to 2022
- This means there won’t be a public ballot but returned tickets are expected
Wimbledon’s famous queue will return for 2022 while the addition of play on middle Sunday has prompted more changes to the traditional schedule.
Covid restrictions for this summer’s event meant fans were unable to queue in Wimbledon Park in the hope of securing either show court tickets or ground passes, with all tickets sold online.
Ticket-holders for the cancelled tournament in 2020 will be able to switch for the same court and date next summer, so there will be no public ballot, although some returns are likely and details of how these will be resold will be announced in due course.
The traditional queue for Wimbledon tickets will make a return in 2022 after Covid restrictions made it impossible to organise it last year
Thousands of tennis fans typically camp out or queue to pick up tickets late in the day
The All England Club made the shock announcement last year that the traditional day off on the middle Sunday of the championships would be scrapped from 2022.
The fourth round, traditionally held on one action-packed day on the second Monday, will now be spread over two days to match all the other grand slams, while the quarter-final schedule will also change.
Wimbledon has previously staged the women’s quarter-finals on the second Tuesday and the men’s matches on the Wednesday, but those two days will now see two matches from each draw.
Many make an occasion of queuing, taking tents, food and drink to settle in for the long haul
Celebrations are planned to mark the centenary of Centre Court during the 2022 tournament
The mixed doubles, meanwhile, will be reduced to a 32-team draw, with the final, which is traditionally the last match of the tournament, moved to the second Thursday.
The later start time on Centre Court of 1.30pm, which saw a number of matches finish under the roof this year, will be retained.
Next year marks the centenary of Centre Court and a special ceremony will be held on Sunday, July 3.
Meanwhile, the AELTC has formally submitted a planning application to develop land in neighbouring Wimbledon Park, which will triple its footprint. Central to the project, which is expected to be completed by 2030, is a new 8,000-capacity show court.
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