Wimbledon tickets go on sale for £80,000 each

A collection of sought-after debenture seats have gone on sale at £80,000 each, but that could still prove a canny purchase for anyone willing to risk the resale market.

The debenture tickets give holders five years of access to Centre Court and some of the best live tennis action on the planet between 2021 and 2025.

However, others may see the tickets as an investment opportunity - one pass-holder recently sold the final two years of their £50,000 five-year debenture ticket for £106,000. Other ticket holders sell their passes for certain days of the annual championship for handsome prices.

Claire-Estelle Bertrand, marketing and communications manager at official debenture ticket resale agents Wimbledon Debenture Holders, told CNN: "They really are the most sought-after tickets in the world. Not only do they give you the best seats to see the world's best tennis, but they really do grant you access into an exclusive world where you can meet other global influencers and meet current and past tennis champions.

Andy Murray wins Wimbledon in 2016
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Britain's Andy Murray roars after winning a point.
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the royal box on centre court.
US actor Bradley Cooper and Russian model Irina Shayk.
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch sits next to his wife Sophie Hunter.
David Cameron sits by his mother Mary Cameron.
British actor Hugh Grant sits in the royal box on centre court.
Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk speak to Stefan Edberg.
Cliff Richard stands by John Howath.
Marinette Mantle and Lily James.
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Boris and Lilly Becker.
Spectators watch from a big screen.
Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres.
Pixie Lott and Oliver Cheshire.
Sienna Miller and Bennett Miller.
Suki Waterhouse watches the final.
Andy Murray and Milos Raonic prior to the match.
A general view inside Centre Court.
Andy Murray hits a return.
Milos Raonic of Canada plays a shot.
Andy Murray reacts.
Andy Murray reacts.
Andy Murray celebrates victory.
Andy Murray celebrates.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Kim Sears reacts during the Men's Singles Final match between Andy Murray of Great Britain and Milos Raonic of Canada on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Andy Couldridge-Pool/Getty Images)
Duke and Duchess applaud triumph.
Andy Murray is overcome with emotion.
Andy Murray goes to collect trophy.
Andy Murray holds the trophy aloft.
Andy Murray and Milos Raonic hold their trophies.

"I personally feel these seats are the absolute best in the house, you have the opportunity to sit alongside the player family boxes and the royal box."

The ticket entitles the holder not only to a reserved seat on Centre Court on each day of the Championships it also includes access to special viewing rooms away from the court, an exclusive restaurant, lounges, bars and a private car park.

The sale, for which applications are open until May 10, could see the All England Club raise close to £200 million, which will go towards expanding its infrastructure. This is an expensive time for the club, which recently bought the neigbouring golf course in order to provide more corporate hospitality facilities and space for the qualifying rounds to be played on site, rather than at Roehampton.

The 2,520 debenture passes amount to 16.8% of Centre Court's seating and of the stadium's 15,000 available seats, just over half of the arena's capacity is made available to the public.

In an open letter from AELTC chairman Philip Brook thanked past buyers for their support: "Since 1920, debenture holders have played a leading role in helping us improve the Grounds."

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