Q&A: How to make the most of People's Sunday at Wimbledon


Wimbledon will see play on its middle Sunday for the first time since 2004 after the first six days were blighted by wet weather.

Known as People's Sunday in previous years, the day often provides Wimbledon newcomers with a chance to see the stars on the most famous courts in tennis. It can provide a festival atmosphere, and here is a guide to getting the most out of the day.

Who is playing?

Serena Williams

We're not completely sure yet. We'll know at the end of today's action - which is set to run late - so for now your ticket has an air of mystery about it! What we can tell you is that Serena Williams still has a third-round match to play, so expect the defending champion to get Centre Court billing. Tomas Berdych, the 2010 men's final runner-up, is also due in action, and watch the outside courts carefully for famous names competing in doubles.

Can I come without a ticket?

Spectators are led to the courts after the gates have opened

In a word, no. They went on sale on Ticketmaster at 3pm on Saturday, with 10,000 Centre Court tickets available, 8,000 for Court One and 4,000 ground passes. They all sold out in 27 minutes, so if you don't have one, you've missed the boat. If you did get one then read on...

Should I bring a picnic?

A Wimbledon picnic

The weather forecast does look a lot better for Sunday, however bag restrictions will be in place. Security checks at the gates are likely to cause delays and rocking up with a full picnic, while a nice idea, is probably not going to go down well.

Is it worth getting there early?

Wimbledon courts

Gates open at 8.45am, but there won't be any play until 11.30am. There are shops of course, and plenty of sightseeing opportunities - you could even start on that picnic...

I'm bringing the Bentley, where can I park?

A Bentley Mulsanne car

Wimbledon "strongly" suggests you leave the car in the garage and make your way to the All England Club by public transport, either arriving at Southfields Underground station or Wimbledon railway station, both within walking distance - if a good leg stretch - from the grounds. If you must drive, Wimbledon advises there will be "limited" parking in car parks 6 and 10.

Why are we even talking about a middle Sunday, People's Sunday, or whatever you want to call it?

The roof on the centre court at Wimbledon

Richard Lewis, the All England Club chief executive, said the club had little option but to play on the usual rest day due to the weather problems. He said: "This has been a difficult decision, but one we had to take to reduce the backlog of matches and in the interests of completing the championships on time. And as with other middle Sundays, I am sure there will be a great atmosphere."