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 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, but for Wimbledon you have to apply through The Ballot the December before the tournament. 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 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. With 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 in an unlimited amount of food but at the Open it is up to the discretion of security.. as long as it is not deemed "excessive" - that's pretty easy to figure out, right?





3. Wimbledon REQUIRES players to wear white clothing, including any undergarments (yes, that's underwear too!). 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 doesn't 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, though at the Open it is normal for the crowd to chat throughout the whole match and even stand up, or sit down during points.

5. At the US Open there are two sessions (AM and PM), although 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, usually starting 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 during play, I would have to say that I prefer the US Open. The accessible ticketsand 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, at least so far!
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