WIMBLEDON starts today – fans line up for days to get a glimpse of the action.
First in line for tickets were Julia Barker, 47, and her husband Nickie, 54, who flew in from Dublin on Friday night to stand in the queue.
Her son Dan, 23, who now lives in London, accompanied her to wait more than 50 hours for the coveted Center Court tickets.
Dan said, “We assumed we were in the wrong place, but then we realized it was because we were first.”
Katie Boulter and Cameron Norrie will lead the home fans’ hopes.
Britons Dan Evans, Katie Swan, Jodie Burrage, Harriet Dart, Liam Broady and Jan Choinski are all playing their first matches today, while Katie, Cameron and Andy Murray start their applications tomorrow.
Norrie, who reached the semifinals last year, said he can’t wait to get started.
Boulter said she plans to “put her heart on the line.”
She added: “I love that feeling when you go out and the crowd is cheering. Hopefully I can use that.”
The weather will be sunny on the first day with some showers before heavier rain threatens tomorrow.
Shoppers have to shell out £11.70 for a Pimm’s on Henman Hill, but a bumper crop of strawberries has pushed the price down to £2.50 for a punnet.
Ball boys and girls, all from local schools and aged 15, have been instructed not to intervene if eco-protesters break into the pitch during the game and disrupt games.