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 Wimbledon Championships 
Each summer in late June and early July, England goes positively mad for tennis as top players from more than 60 countries converge on the All England Lawn Tennis Ground in suburban London for the only Grand Slam event played on grass. Around half a million spectators show up to watch, and the winners go home with prize money totaling more than 10 million quid. Although most tickets for coveted seats at Centre Court, Court No. 1 and Court No. 2 are distributed in advance to club members, corporate sponsors and to the winners of a random lottery held in January, a limited number of same-day tickets are made available to fans who line up at Wimbledon's Gate 3 during the tournament. Approximately 500 tickets for each of the three show courts are distributed every morning (excluding Centre Court seats during the final four days), along with 6,000 ground tickets that give spectators access to limited standing room at Court No. 2 and unreserved seating at courts 3 through 19. Queues for show court tickets begin forming the night before, but you should be able to get ground tickets if you arrive a few hours before the 10:30 opening time. Gate sales are for cash only, with 2006 prices ranging from 25 to 69 pounds for show court tickets, and from 9 to 17 pounds for ground tickets. Most tickets are nontransferable and scalping is forbidden, though there is a legal resale market in pricey "debenture tickets" -- expensive luxury-class seating that raises funds for capital improvements to the facility. Tickets also are available in conjunction with travel packages available through our partner Grand Slam Tennis Tours (
Information: Official Site, +44-20-8971-2473
 Stella Artois Championships 
This ATP International Series tournament sandwiched between the French Open and the Wimbledon Championships is considered a warm-up for Wimbledon, with many of the same top names in men's singles and doubles competing on grass courts at the Queen's Club in West Kensington. Tickets to the Stella Artois Championships are relatively easy to get, with reserved seats ranging from £34 to £69. Ground tickets ranging from £12 to £14 offer access to outer-court play and to 1,800 unreserved seats at the show courts. Apply for reserved seats as soon as possible after the booking forms become available in January (register at the tournament Web site to receive a form by mail). Ground tickets and previously unsold reserved-seat tickets go on sale online and by telephone starting in early April, and some returned tickets are usually available at the Queen's Club box office for same-day entry.
Information: Official Site,

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