Wimbledon 2011: Buying tickets from touts will not work here

first_imgIt’s a pleasant 20-minute walk from the Southfields tube station to the hallowed precincts of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club where The Championships are held.The lucky ones with accreditation badges or VIP passes and genuine tickets know they will get into the arena. But it is those without tickets and attempting to buy from roadside illegal sellers who face disappointment.Thursday was sunny for most part and there were touts whispering “tickets, tickets?” as people walked by. One of the gullible fans fell for the bait and after exchange of money in an alley walked down the long queue hoping to enter the arena.But by then, the private security on the road had already taken note of the illegal sale of tickets as was witnessed by this correspondent. The fan had not realised that even though there was no closed circuit camera, a private security man had seen it all happen. Dressed in a blue uniform, in no time the tall and black security man whispered over a small microphone to the entrance gate that a person with an illegally purchased ticket was on his way.A Wimbledon fanSadly, despite spending a huge sum, the genuine fan was in for disappointment as he was told that a ticket purchased illegally was invalid.This is one of the best parts about Wimbledon, where security is not obtrusive and at the same time works so well. If you compare it with the chaos at Ferozeshah Kotla, where people buy tickets for an ODI in black and still get away. And so do the touts.advertisementOver the years, security has become a big responsibility for the Wimbledon organisers. And that is why the campers who used to pitch tents on the pavement and virtually lived there over the fortnight have now been moved away to a huge park now.They now camp, cook, read and eat, even if they are unable to get tickets for one day of The Championships.However, the message is short cuts for ticket purchase won’t work here.Once inside the huge complex, not all can enter the show courts.With a giant screen outside Court 1, the attraction over the years, tennis fans laze on the grassy hill next to it and catch the action. It’s almost like a picnic atmosphere.Beer, wine prims and snacks are consumed liberally. In the Pete Sampras era, British fans would patiently wait to catch action of Tim Henman.It was then called Henman Hill, though some cheekily referred to it as Henman Hell as he never won the title. As Britain waits patiently for a men’s singles champion after Fred Perry since 1936, now fans hope Andy Murray can pull it off.last_img read more