Wimbledon plunged into chaos on Ladies Final Day as famous queue CLOSED due to severe weather

security in the rain at Wimbledon

License to queue has been rescinded

Sam Montgomery

By Sam Montgomery

Published: 15/07/2023

- 10:10

Updated: 15/07/2023

- 10:16

Forecasts of 50mph winds pause all ground passes

The Wimbledon Tennis Championships are set to feel a little emptier today, as the organisers close the famous queue due to severe weather warnings.

Only existing ticket holders are to be allowed into the tournament grounds, with no tickets available for sale on the door on Saturday.

Marketa Vondrousova is set to take on Ons Jabeur in the women’s singles final on Centre Court at 14:00, followed by the men’s doubles final.

In a statement posted at 21:44 last night, The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC) said: “Please be aware that the Queue will be closed on Saturday 15 July and we apologise for any disappointment.

Some tennis fans have been caught out by the announcement


“There will be no tickets available for sale. We ask that you do not travel to Wimbledon today unless you are an existing ticket holder.”

Some tennis fans have been caught out by the statement, hopping on transport routes to London first thing this morning.

One social media user wrote: “Literally on a train to London today and was hoping to watch.”

Another complained: “You could have let me know before I left the house at 5 am,” before being informed that there had in fact been an earlier statement.

Many will be watching on from the other side of the fence today


The late night statement also noted: “We are monitoring the weather forecast, and in light of the yellow weather warning issued, we are making appropriate adjustments to our operations.

“The tournament schedule on Centre Court and No.1 Court will proceed as planned.

“We encourage all guests to dress appropriately and come prepared for the inclement weather and to check our website and social media channels for further updates.”

Weather has disrupted some days of Wimbledon this year, as have the environment protest group Just Stop Oil.

Many see queuing as an integral part of Wimbledon


Play was suspended on Court 18 at Wimbledon on July 5th, as officials were forced to clean up Just Stop Oil confetti.

Protesters threw orange confetti and jigsaw pieces over the hallowed turf during two separate matches at the coveted tennis tournament.

The protest suspended Grigor Dimitrov's clash with Sho Shimabukuro and Katie Boulter's match against Daria Saville.

Just Stop Oil tweeted: “Once more, orange clouds hang over a British sporting event this summer—this time it’s ticker tape rather than paint dust, but it is an intrusion and will need sorting out.”


Picking up the pieces at Wimbledon after Just Stop Oil stormed the court\u200bPicking up the pieces at Wimbledon after Just Stop Oil stormed the courtPA

After the disruption, BBC presenter Gary Lineker backed Just Stop Oil’s approach, claiming activists are “not going to hurt anyone”.

Lineker said: “Disruptive protest is the only one that gets any publicity.

“I get it. I also understand why people get so upset with it, particularly in sport. It is a difficult one.

“I think what is more important is probably our existence in the future rather than slight disruption of sporting events or other things.

\u200bJust Stop Oil at Wimbledon

Just Stop Oil at Wimbledon


“You don’t want things to be disrupted but at the same time they will really be disrupted with climate change.”

Politics also seeped into Wimbledon’s Court One on July 10th, when crowds booed off Belarusian tennis player Victoria Azarenka, following her defeat to Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.

In her post-match press conference, the Belarusian insisted that she had done nothing wrong and labeled the fans who booed her as “drunk”.

She said: “I feel like it's been pretty consistent for the last 18, 19 months. I haven't done anything wrong, but keep getting different treatment sometimes.

“I thought it was a great tennis match. If people are going to be focusing only on handshakes or crowd, quite drunk crowd, booing in the end, that's a shame. That's probably what it is in the end of the day.”

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