Making the famous Wimbledon queue partially virtual ‘destructive idea’


Ennis Super Fans, who camped overnight at Wimbledon, said it was “a disastrous idea” to make the popular line partially virtual next year.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has said it is considering partially digitizing its queue for daytime premium tickets after a significant drop in attendance this year.

Officials told the Daily Telegraph that possible changes could include allowing fans to leave the line after scanning and then receiving an alert when they enter, while tickets may also be available online.

The physical line is expected to remain in one form or another, but most likely with less capacity.

Wimbledon row on the seventh day of the championship (James Manning / PA) / PA wire

Veteran spectators queuing on Sunday morning opposed the idea of ​​a virtual queue in any form, saying it would spoil the atmosphere and allow people to easily claim tickets only to leave later. ۔

Samantha Watson, a 34-year-old sibling, and Joe Watson, a 30-year-old who has been in the queue since 2008, said it was the experience that made Wimbledon unique in British and other sports competitions and even other Grand Slams. Distinguishes from

Mr Watson, an engineer at Saffron Walden in Essex, told the PA News Agency: “I love camping. That’s a lot we’re here for.

Asked if he would support giving people the option to go online with a physical queue, he said: Want to get

“A lot of people come here from all over because they wanted to experience a proper English queuing system, and that’s very important.

“It’s the only game where you can camp for front row tickets instead of being lucky or in touch like football.

“It’s nice that the everyday man has the opportunity to be up front.”

Joe and Samantha Watson (Laura Parnabi / PA) / PA wire

Ms Watson, an insurance consultant in Fulham, West London, said: “It’s a huge cultural thing – we have a lot of people we see here every year, we’ve been doing it for 10 years, and we’ve had a lifetime. Made friends of

“In the queue, the first 500 get the center court, while if it’s virtual, they can’t come that day.

“If you can’t see how many are in front, you’ll never really know where you’re in line.”

Both paid 14 145 each for Center Court tickets.

Arsula, 58, who traveled from Vienna to join the queue, said she would miss out on the experience if more people chose to join the queue rather than in person.

The school teacher told PA: “We’re coming for the environment, it’s part of the game.

“If they stop it, we’ll be sorry, we’ll be sad.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to get tickets and see the players on the court so closely, so I hope it won’t just be on the internet.”

Emily, 42, a Cambridge doctor, said: “It’s a special feeling to have your place in the queue to play in a center court match to see the greatest players of all time.

“Virtual platforms will take this whole experience out of the equation.”

Danja Erasmus, 47, and Geoff Smith, 51, are holding their home-made replica Wimbledon trophy (Laura Parnaby / PA). / PA wire

Danja Erasmus, 47, a physio practice manager from South Africa, who lives in Wimbledon, southwest London, was camping with her 51-year-old boyfriend Jeff Smith, who cares for dogs in Oxfordshire.

Each year, Ms. Erasmus hosts a non-governmental community tennis tournament on the grounds where people line up, which she says attracts hundreds of spectators.

Tennis fans use white tape to mark the court and play for about seven hours during mid-Sunday, which was traditionally a break for professional matches at Wimbledon.

Mr Smith’s friend has also 3D-printed a gold replica of the men’s singles Wimbledon trophy for the winner, with a pineapple on top.

On the idea of ​​a virtual queue, he said: “I would say it would be a devastating idea, because it’s a community, it’s a tennis community.

“We all love it. We enjoy camping as much as we enjoy watching tennis.

“It’s an opportunity for tennis lovers from all over the world to meet each other.”

Asked if the digital system could expand access for people with disabilities, he said they already have preferential access, which is “really good.”

Ms Erasmus said of the queue: “It’s a good community, it’s a special year for me to spend my holidays, and it’s great to share experiences.”