Camping tips issued as tennis fans descend on Wimbledon
Happy-go-lucky campers are descending on Wimbledon in their droves, praying they'll be able to snap up one of the few precious tickets made available to the public.
Tennis fans from far and wide have made the journey to SW19, tents in hand; hoping that their overnight camping efforts will score them a chance to see the likes of Murray, Djokovic, Nadal, Sharapova or British women's hopeful Heather Watson.
Just 500 public tickets a day for Centre Court are on offer - with a further 500 each for Courts 1 and 2 - prompting a slew of websites to issue advice about how best to survive the overnight queue. Londonist.com's roving reporter Caroline for one advised that tennis-fans are best arriving before 8pm the night before, as approximately 2,000 tennis fans sleep on Wimbledon Park every night.
After receiving a Queue Card, it's time to sit back an enjoy the company; which consists of "some friendly folk with frisbees and volleyballs," said Caroline - who also praised "the handy availability of burgers, ice cream and decent toilets".
There are some restrictions though. This year wimbledon.com is urging campers to leave their gazebos at home and to stick with two-person tents only. Furthermore, music and ball games must cease at 10pm and any music that is played must be done so at an acceptable level.
On the alcohol front, Wimbledon will allow one bottle of wine or two 500ml cans of beer into the Championship grounds but no more. Campers are also advised to drink responsibly, because not only will they be woken up by stewards at 6am, but drunken behaviour can see Queue Cards confiscated.