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Tennis Stadium Tours

If you adore bats and/or balls, you’ll love our incredible tour of Wimbledon. Explore lots of unseen, backstage areas with a VIP trip around the most famous tennis venue in the world.

The tour lasts for two and a half hours and leaves no tennisy stone unturned: the courts, the terraces, the Water Gardens, the Millenium Building and the Wimbledon museum are covered.

Specialist guides will let you in on all the secrets of this famous club and introduce you to the confusing ‘ghost of John McEnroe’. All our stadium tour vouchers are delivered free, anywhere in the UK.

FAQs

Q: Tennis! I love tennis. Trying to get those coloured shapes to land on each other.
A: That’s Tetris you Nerf Herder. This is tennis, the game of kings or dukes or something.
Q: Oh right, near that place with those large feral man-sized creatures that root through garbage.
A: That’s right, Wimbledon! Home to the Wombles and tennis, for some reason.
Q: But what can I see there? The big chair that the man with the whistle sits in?
A: Quite possibly. We have tours of the spiritual home of tennis where you will explore the No. 1 Court, picnic terraces and Water Gardens, the Millennium Building and press interview room and, when schedule permits, Centre Court or the BBC TV studio. Plus there’s the Interactive Wimbledon Museum. Lots of things that ordinaries would usually be shooed from with a broom.
Q: But facts! I demand facts!
A: Oh you’ll get facts. Our Blue Badge guides know every inch of tennis and can answer any question you care to hurl their way. The answer might be ‘I don’t know’ but that’s still an answer.
Q: How long do I get in the tennis house?
A: The tour should last approximately two-and-a-half hours. Or about the length of a film starring Carl Weathers and then half a film starring Sally Field.
Q: And me? With my leg?
A: There may be some steps and walking and the like. Most people will be fine, but you do need a modicum of fitness. If you think you might have problems, just contact us or the supplier and we’ll let you know.
Q: And my children Agassi and Henman? What about them?
A: The ‘Adult’ tour is for people 17 or over, though we do have a ‘Family’ and ‘Children’s’ experience where they only have to be 6 or over 6.

Fun Facts

  • 1. The game of lawn tennis was patented under the name 'Sphairistike' by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield in 1874. I know that all sounds made up but honestly it’s true (or ‘Wikipedia true’ if you know what I mean).
  • 2. Rectangular courts were introduced in 1875 by the All England Croquet Club at Wimbledon when it decided to add tennis to its repertoire. The ghosts of annoyed croquet players possibly still haunt the venue to this day.
  • 3. Spencer Gore was the first Wimbledon winner in 1877 who, on winning, said he didn't think this new game would catch on. Maybe he was just trying to put people off challenging for his title?
  • 4. Goran Ivanisevic is the only Wimbledon winner whose name alternates consonants and vowels. It will also get you an impressive score when playing Words With Friends.
  • 5. The fastest serve ever recorded in a competitive match was Andy Roddick's 155mph opener against Vladimir Voltchkov in the 2004 Davis Cup. Poor Vlad didn’t even see what hit him.
  • 6. The oldest tennis court still in use is the Royal Tennis Court at Hampton Court Palace, London. Built between 1526 and 1529, it was Henry VIII's often played there. When he wasn’t busy murdering wives.
  • 7. The ancient Greeks and Romans used their bare hands to play a precursor to lawn tennis, named ‘Jeu de Paume’ (or Game of the Palm) by the French. I have many, many Game of the Palm gags lined up, but all have been refused for censorship reasons.
  • 8. Yellow tennis balls were used at Wimbledon for the first time in 1986. I keep sending them letters telling them to adopt the occasional rubber Super Ball for entertainment reasons, but so far, nothing.
  • 9. Boris Becker became the first unseeded player to win Wimbledon in 1985 and at 17 also the youngest player to win the title. And he was the first Boris not to be a supervillain or comedy Russian stereotype.
  • 10. In 1982, a novelty hit credited to The Brat included many of John McEnroe’s supposed catchphrases and was called ‘Chalk Dust - the Umpire Strikes Back’. And yet my novelty Andy Murray song ‘My Name’s Andy, I’m Good at Tennis’ remains unrecorded.