Essentials to Survive Wimbledon Queues

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The most famous tennis competition in the world starts on June 29 in London, and if you're lucky enough to attend you're in for a real treat. Whether you've bagged a ticket for Centre Court, or just hope to turn up and get one on the day, you'd better face up to the reality of queuing. Here are your vital items for joining the lines of people in SW19.
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Clocking on in London

Before you even arrive there's one consideration to take into account. The queues start from 8am, with one queue for on-day sales. You could be one of those who set up camp the night before, or even the day before.

However you decide to attend, it might pay to get there early for an event that attracts nearly half a million tennis fans across the fortnight.
 
So before you leave home, what could be better than checking the time on this Wimbledon-inspired clock, and making sure you arrive at the correct hour? It’s the one 'time' that you do want to make a racquet.
A light, stylish jacket will be your friend
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A Classy Coat

 
"Surely it won’t rain in June and July"….said no English person ever. The absolute certainty of poor weather can only be topped by the odds off Novak Djokovic making it to the end again.

Bearing in mind that you might find yourself on  TV screens and surrounded by those with a few pennies, then why not invest in something that's fit for a big occasion? A smart blazer/jacket, and/or a waterproof, could be just the ticket for a rainy day, while a light, airy coat will delight if the weather behaves itself.
 
If you have smart clothing and don’t wish to get it wet a  poncho could work just as well, preferably one that can fold up and go in a pocket should the sunshine break through the clouds.
A simple hat/light jacket combo will tackle all weathers
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Hats off to the Players

Sitting in the stands for several hours, with an unprotected face (and head for less hirsute people), can be uncomfortable or painful in good weather. A summer hat that can be folded up and put away into a pocket could be your saviour from sunburn. 

Don't sport a massive floppy hat as it will just be confiscated. A canvas hat capable of holding up in the rain, or really any small-brimmed headwear that can multitask for heat and wet weather will do. You may also want some good sunglasses, such as Ray -Ban, Oakley or Maui Jim.
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Showing Support

Are you a Rafa fanatic? Maybe the Williams Sisters take you to another planet, or perhaps you're a Berdych or Wawrinka fan? Show your appreciation with a t-shirt or piece of branded merchandise.

All-time-great Roger Federer has his own fashion range of t-shirts, polo shirts, zip jackets and caps with Nike branding, suitable for both girls and boys.
A flask of tea will keep you warm if the weather disappoints
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Tennis and Tea

A hot drink in cold weather while queuing is imperative. Whether it’s tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or a hot toddy, make sure you’ve got the flask to keep your drink as hot as an Andy Roddick serve.

It's important to note that you can't actually take the flask into the arena itself, and worth consulting the rules on other prohibited items at the official Wimbledon website. The list of contraband includes flags, tents, long camera lenses, and any clothing with political messages. Don't panic though - there's a storage area for your items.
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Hampered by Hunger

If the queue is a metaphorical 'five-setter' and you find yourself getting a bit peckish, a mini lunchbox or cool bag packed with nibbles is vital.

Food isn't cheap once you're inside, so take sandwiches/mini buffet snacks in a small backpack that can just hook around a shoulder - hamper boxes are banned from inside the grounds - this will also be useful for when you are  sitting on 'Murray-field' and watching games on the big screen.

A Wimbledon towel on which to sit is also a nice touch.
Wimbledon wouldn't be complete without Pimms
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Pimms O'Clock Time

Wimbledon, strawberries and Pimms - the perfect combination for a summer's day watching world class tennis.

You're allowed one bottle of alcohol or two cans into the arena (although not the stands), and of course you can take in a fruit selection as an accompaniment. Take a small cool bag, maybe a plastic jug and a couple of beakers or one of these cups, along with some spare water.
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Serving up Great Music

The dawdling waiting for the gates to open can be livened up with selection of your best tracks, on an MP3 player or your mobile phone. Don't forget your discrete headphones if you're planning to listen inside the courts, with optional noise reduction if it gets a little loud.

Games, apps telling you of results across the various courts, and of course social media statuses to make your friends jealous of your day, are all pre-requisites.
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Netting Good Photographs

There are plenty of interesting characters milling around the grounds and in the queues, and if you're attending with family and friends you'll want a memento of the day, and the play itself.

You can't take a zoom lens into the championships, but you can bring your DSLR and get some genuinely good action pics, as opposed to the static shots from a compact. Mobiles should be turned off during play. You'll need a fast shutter speed, and possibly a DSLR with a good light sensor if zooming in.
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