Serena Williams is among those who’ve been in action at Wimbledon (Picture: Getty Images)We’re into the first week of Wimbledon 2019, and the tournament has already given us a few surprises, some drama and some seriously impressive play.
So far we’ve seen the likes of reigning champions Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber make their first appearances on court, Venus Williams crash out of the competition to 15-year-old Cori Gauff, and the anticipation of Serena Williams and Andy Murray as a mixed doubles pair.
If you can’t make it to Wimbledon then you can catch the action on TV of course – but while Centre Court might take centre stage a lot of the time, let’s not forget that there’s a whole lot of other tennis action going on on the venue’s other courts.
But just how many courts does the All England Club have?
Here’s what you need to know…
How many tennis courts are there at Wimbledon?
What you see at the Wimbledon championships is only a fraction of what’s housed within the All England Club.
Currently it has 18 grass courts which are used in the Wimbledon championships both for qualifying and championship games.
There are 18 grass courts used in the tournament, which are kept undercover outside of matchplay (Picture: PA)However the club also has 22 grass practice courts, located with Aorangi Park, as well as eight American clay courts, five indoor courts and two acrylic courts.
That makes 55 courts in total – which in turn makes for a whole lot of tennis – but of course it’s worth noting that Wimbledon operates as a members’ club all year round, and isn’t just wheeled out annually for the tournament fortnight.
Chief among these of course is Centre Court, which has a capacity of 15,000 and is also home to the premier box used by visiting Royals.
That’s also where the women’s and men’s singles finals are held as well as other big matches during the tournament – and is the only one of the outdoor courts with a retractable roof, introduced in 2009 to prevent play being stopped by rain.
Can you get tickets for Wimbledon?
If you want to get tickets for the courts or Murray Mount be prepared to get there early and queue (Picture: PA)You can still get tickets for this year’s tournament but you’ll need to queue up outside extra early, with many fans getting to the venue as early as 7am to nab themselves a Ground Pass for that day’s action.
They give you access to Murray Mound as well as other courts where you can watch singles and doubles matches.
There may also be some tickets left for Centre Court as well as Courts No 1 and No 2 – but these are generally very limited.
You can also book tickets for the main courts and the finals via the Wimbledon website – but be warned, they are not cheap.
Wimbledon coverage continues on BBC One from 11am.
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