TOP 5 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WIMBLEDON AND THE US OPEN

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Greeting from Canada!

As many of you may know, I am currently studying at Queen's University for a year .

Earlier this year I was fortunate to go to Wimbledon for the first time, and more recently the US Open (also known as the Open) last month.

Here is a quick list of what I believe to be the top 5 differences between the two major tennis championships:

1. The general public can purchase tickets for the US Open online from mid June, whilst for Wimbledon you have to apply for The Ballot in December, before the tournament for the chance to possibly get a ticket. And as the official website states: "Entry does not automatically entitle applicants to tickets for Wimbledon, but to a place in the draw for tickets. It is not possible to request tickets for specific days or courts, as the day and court offered are chosen randomly by a computerised selection process."



At the US Open, members of the public can purchase a general ticket, called a Grounds pass in advance (from mid June too) and watch play on all of the tennis courts, except for Arthur Ashe Stadium. Whereas at Wimbledon a Grounds pass can only be purchased on the day of play and only permitting ticket holders to watch play on Courts No.3-19.



2. At Wimbledon visitors are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of food, whilst it is up to the discretion of security at the US Open.. as long as it is not deemed "excessive" (that's pretty easy to figure out, right?), visitors will be fine.





3. Wimbledon REQUIRES players to wear white attire (not off white or cream), including any undergarments (yes, that's underwear too) that are or can be visible during play. Failure to comply with the dress code may lead to a financial penalty (here is the full list http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/atoz/clothing_and_equipment.html). Contrastingly, the US Open does not have a dress code.

4. The crowd MUST be silent before, throughout and in between points at Wimbledon. The slightest whisper may result in a "Quiet, please" from the umpire. Whilst at the Open, it is normal for the crowd to chat throughout the whole match and even stand up, or sit down during points (a bit weird I know).

5.At the US Open there are two sessions (day and night). This is only for play on Arthur Ashe Stadium; the day session is from 11am - 6pm and the night session 7pm - midnight (although tennis can sometimes go on until 2am!). Instead Wimbledon has a stricter playing time. Play usually starts around 11.30am (1pm for Centre Court and Court no. 1), while plays ends at 11pm (latest).

Overall, they are both very different, as you would most likely expect.



Despite loving the all white attire at Wimbledon and the silence before, throughout and in between points, I would have to say that I prefer the US Open more. The accessible tickets, the fact that visitors can watch play on nearly all of the courts and the fact that I was able to see some of my favourite players (Serena Williams and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga) makes the US Open my favourite major championships, so far!
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