The world's greatest tennis tournament may be known for elite athletes, celebrity spectators and strawberries and cream, but for many Wimbledon is also about queue, tents and eateries.

It's one of the few sporting events that holds premium tickets to be sold on the day of play, and a little knowledge and patience can get you a courtside seat for some of the tournament's biggest matches. Here is everything you need to know about Wimbledon in 2022.

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Sun pours down into Centre Court with the open roof exposing the players and spectators to a blue sky; shot from the corner courtside, the view look across the court, with Novak Djokovic serving to Kei Nishikori on the opposite side
Novak Djokovic serves to Kei Nishikori in the 2018 quarter finals © Matt Phillips / Lonely Planet

When is Wimbledon?

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon will host the event for two weeks from June 27 to July 10. Millions of people watch it around the world, and up to 39,000 people watch it daily. If you join the queue on the day of the game or the day before, you'll get the very best tickets. If you're one of the lucky ticket holders from the 2020 ballot, be sure to have access to your myWimbledon account or app on your smart phone.

What's new in 2022?

The oldest tennis tournament has been held for over a century. The event will take place over 14 days, with play happening on the Middle Sunday, a day where play was previously not scheduled to take place. Russian and Belarusian players have been banned from participating in the tournament due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The Centre Court, the centerpiece of Wimbledon's drama, is honored in the 100 years of change exhibit. It's free to people who buy tickets.

Under a blue sky sits a large purple-and-green billboard which notes (with bright yellow labels with black lettering) what are the first, second, third, fourth and fifth matches (noting each competitors name) on each of the courts at Wimbledon on the day
The order of play is displayed within the Wimbledon grounds © Matt Phillips / Lonely Planet

Who is playing where? 

The next day's scheduled matches on the Order of Play are published on the tournament's website. Centre Court and Court No.1 have retractable roofs that guarantee play in the event of bad weather.

It's not clear if Andy Murray will play at Wimbledon this year, and it's also not known if eight-time champion Roger Federer will play. Rafael Nadal, who has won two Grand Slams already in 2022, is expected to play, as is six-time Wimbledon Men's Singles title winning Novak Djokovic.

There is still uncertainty about Emma's appearance. Serena Williams is going to play in the singles tournament after a year off. She could be up against other players. There will be a full list of competitors on June 27.

What are the different types of Wimbledon tickets?

Every day at the Championships there are thousands of "Grounds Admission" passes available, allowing incredibly close access to all 14 of the non- ticketed "outside" courts. The pass is only $27 during the first six days of play when the courts are full of big names. The prices go down after 5pm and during the second week.

During the first nine days of play, there are 500 or so of the best courtside seats for sale in the Centre Court. The tickets for the three show courts are good for the whole day. There is no shortage of people interested.

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Use the myWimbledon app for the latest in ticket information © GYLN KIRK / Getty Images

How do you get a ticket on the day through the Queue?

It is done with style and grace and is a wonderful British institution. If you want to purchase tickets on the day, you can go to the lush lawns of Wimbledon Park, which are opposite the All England Club. It's a waiting game once the queue card is in your possession.

If you want to catch a full day of matches, you need to get in line a few hours before the grounds open so you can get a grounds pass. It is possible to fit in a full day of work and still catch some evening matches if you arrive after 5pm, but this depends on the weather and who is on the court.

What about waiting overnight for Centre Court and Court No.1 tickets?

It is necessary to join the queue the day before the game in order to get a chance at Centre Court. Campers are well cared for on the lawns, with numerous toilets and various options for hot food. Once you've set up camp, you can enjoy the park's surroundings by throwing a frisbee, playing football, or lounging on the grass by your tent. Check in with a steward before you go for a coffee, quick meal or groceries.

Campers will be woken at precisely 6am by a group of stewards. It doesn't matter if they have a bad night's sleep or not. Colored wristbands are issued for each of the show courts after the tents have come down and camping kit has been safely stored in the park's left luggage facility. Your choice of court is almost certain if you are in the first 500 in the queue.

As everyone knows who they'll be watching on the court, the enthusiasm builds within the lines of soon-to-be spectators as they approach the entry gates. Payments must be made using a credit or debit card. The outside courts are used for matches at 11am and the show courts at 1pm.

The queue for the Championship will start at 2pm on June 26.

A close up of Roger Federer (dressed all in white) in the middle of his service motion; a colourful crowd behind him looks on
Roger Federer serves on Centre Court, the hallowed ground where he has won eight Wimbledon championships © Matt Phillips / Lonely Planet

How much are tickets?

There are two price bands for the court where you are sitting. If you want to see your favorite player in action or just take in the historic atmosphere of Wimbledon's most celebrated court, keep in mind that ticket prices for show courts increase each day. The cost of a seat on Centre Court goes up from £75 on the opening Monday to £240 on the last day of the tournament.

What's it like once you're in?

If you want to absorb the atmosphere, walk around the outside courts and watch the players warming up. Walk into tennis' most hallowed ground at 1pm as the day draws to a close.

How is COVID-19 affecting Wimbledon 2022?

Wimbledon ran as part of the government's events research programme in 2021. As part of the Conditions of Entry, ticket holders need to acknowledge the risk of catching COVID-19.

When is the public ballot for Wimbledon 2023?

Wimbledon will be taking place from July 3 to July 16. The public ballot information will be available through myWimbledon.

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