Countdown to Wimbledon 2011

A jug of Pimms, strawberries and cream, the familiar 'tock' of ball against racket... Wimbledon is almost upon us and, as always, this year's tournament promises action from the finest players from over 60 countries.

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The oldest tennis tournament in the world, the Wimbledon Tennis Championships has taken place at the All England Lawn Tennis Club since 1877. Steeped in history and tradition, it pitches the best against the best and, of the four Grand Slam tournaments, is the only one to be played on grass.

This year, the two-week championship begins on June 20 - barring any delays (fingers crossed that the rain stays away) the ladies' singles final is scheduled for Saturday July 2 and the men's final will take place on Sunday July 3.

For those of you who haven't already booked your place in Centre Court, there will as always be tickets allocated daily for those willing to join the famous queue.

Several thousand tickets are available each day and approximately 500 of those are reserved at the turnstiles for Centre Court and No. 2 Court during the first nine days of the tournament. A further 500 are on offer for those wishing to view the action on No. 1 Court.

But if you are planning on chancing your luck in the Wimbledon queue, it is advisable to get there early. Though the turnstiles open at around 9.30am, many will have camped out over night in order to get their desired seats so if you are keen to get a good spot, an early start is necessary.

For the truly dedicated, the queue for the 2011 Championships can be joined from 8am on Sunday June 19 but as always, the BBC will be providing extensive coverage of the highs and lows.

Whether you decide to queue, buy tickets in advance or sit glued to the box for two weeks, with action from the likes of Federer, Nadal and the Williams sisters in prospect, you are unlikely to be disappointed.

And just imagine the cheer from Henman Hill should Brit hopeful Andy Murray overcome his ankle injury to emerge victorious!

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