Current GB wheelchair tennis no. 1 Lucy Shuker begins her quest for the Wimbledon trophy later today.
Ahead of the excitement on the court Lucy has shared some advice and tips through Airbnb on where to stay and how to travel when in London for Wimbledon.
Lucy’s Top Tips for the Championships
It’s the oldest and most prestigious tennis competition in the calendar and as a wheelchair tennis player, it is always an incredible honour to have the opportunity to play at the famous London grounds. I feel incredibly proud to have been a three times doubles finalist there. Of course, I am still working towards the elusive Grand Slam title and hope that the hard work I am putting in now will keep me in contention. Here are my top tips…
Where to Stay
For the past two years, and again this year, I’ve chosen Airbnb for accommodation during the tournament. As a wheelchair user, I had reservations as to whether the properties I booked would be suitable, however using the new accessibility filters makes it far easier to find a property that fits my specific needs, such as step free access and a sizeable bathroom. I usually stay in homes on Airbnb in and around Wandsworth, which is only a short journey to the All England Club, making transport much easier than staying in central London.
For those not lucky enough to get tickets through the ballot system, the only tickets available for legitimate resale are ‘debenture holder tickets’. You can purchase Debenture Tickets direct from registered Debenture Ticket Holders which will give you access to the exclusive Debenture Lounges on Centre Court and No. 1 Court for a truly unique tennis experience. Alternatively, there are a number of tickets available on the gates each day for those willing to queue.
When my friends and family come to watch, they generally use tubes, trains or buses and this is the easiest method of transport. The nearest tube stations are Southfields (District Line) and Wimbledon (District Line and MainLine). I’d also recommend the shuttle bus service that operates from Wimbledon to the All England Ground but be warned, it is a cash only service!
On the Day
To make the most of any day at the tournament, I would suggest arriving as soon as the gates open at 10:30am. There is so much to see and do, even in the later stages of the competition, where the outside courts show an array of action, including Junior, Legends and Wheelchair tennis matches.
Food & Drink
There’s plenty of food and drink choices in the grounds, from The Wingfield Restaurant situated within Centre Court, to gourmet sandwiches and homemade salads from one of the food markets and picnic hampers which you can order in advance.
There is also a vast choice of restaurants in the local area, my favourite restaurant is Sticks n Sushi near Wimbledon station. Here, you will often spot the odd professional tennis player there as well during the competition; it’s a favourite spot for former World No. 1 Angie Kerber.
Most importantly, a visit isn’t complete without a glass of Pimms and some strawberries and cream.