Wimbledon tickets for the show courts have been in extremely short supply since the action began, with a small number of lucky fans snapping up the chance to see the best players in the world during the fortnight of the tournament.
Centre Court is an iconic arena but its sub-15,000 capacity means tickets — particularly for the finals — are a precious commodity.
It isn’t completely impossible, though, to buy tickets to the finals in the days leading up to the deciders.
The Sporting News takes a look at how to buy tickets for the men’s and women’s finals at Wimbledon 2022.
When is the Wimbledon final?
The women’s final is on Saturday, July 9, with the men’s a day later, on the closing Sunday of Wimbledon.
Both finals start at 2 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET) and are subject to the tournament running on schedule, which has occasionally not been the case in previous years because of rain.
A roof was added to Centre Court in 2009, making it unlikely that the finals will be delayed even if the weather plays havoc with matches on outside courts in earlier rounds.
How to buy Wimbledon final tickets
A very limited number of tickets tend to be made available on the morning of play on Wimbledon’s official site and are distributed by mobile apps on iOS and Android.
It may also be possible to purchase tickets via resale sights such as Viagogo and Stubhub.
One of the tournament’s commercial partners, Amex, also says it will be offering last-minute tickets, with updates expected via its social media pages.
How much do Wimbledon final tickets cost?
Official individual tickets for 2022 are priced between £70 ($85) and £240 ($292) this year. In some cases, tickets are only available as pairs.
Those figures are an increase on the prices at the 2021 tournament, when the top tickets were available for £200 ($244).
Those fans willing to pay a little extra may choose to take in the action at Wimbledon via a hospitality package.
Keith Prowse has been the official hospitality partner to the tournament since 1982 and since 2019 has been the exclusive championship partner. The company states that packages can be bought in advance or during the tournament depending on availability.
The most expensive hospitality option — the Centre Court skyview suites — cost in excess of £1,720 ($2,096) per person and include an a la carte four-course meal, chauffeur and concierge service, and those all-important Centre Court tickets.
Resale sites are currently advertising tickets at considerably higher prices. Viagogo is showing tickets for the women’s final costing between £5,015 ($6,102) and £6,034 ($7,342), as well as the men’s, starting at £8,341 ($10,142) and rising to at least £13,418 ($16,342).
Stubhub is showing prices starting at £3,000 ($3,650) for the women’s final and £7,920 ($9,636) for the men’s.
Debentures, which sells tickets via the All England Club for a string of matches at a time on the show courts every five years, allows members to resell tickets.
Their site is currently pricing two tickets for the women’s final at £4,880 ($5,938) and a pair for the men’s final at £10,530 ($12,813).
How does the queue work at Wimbledon?
Unlike many other major tournaments around the world, a small amount of tickets are reserved for fans who choose to queue for tickets on the day.
Around 500 tickets are saved for Centre Court, Court No.1 and Court No.2 per day, apart from the final four days of the tournament.
It is still possible to buy a grounds pass to enter the All England Club during the final two days, which would allow fans to watch the finals from the big screen on the hill outside Centre Court.
Grounds passes cost £15 ($18) on the day of the women’s final and £8 ($10) on men’s final day.
The official Wimbledon website recommends joining the queue a few hours before the grounds open at 9.30 local time each morning, although many choose to begin their quest for tickets well into the early hours.
Wristbands for the successful fans start to be allocated from around 7.30 a.m. local time each day.