Since 1924 the majority of show and centre tickets purchased by the general public for Wimbledon have been done so by a public ballot box. The English Croquet Club and The All English Lawn Tennis are in charge of this event at the start of every year
Though the ballot has been in play since 1924 it has been considered quite substantially overemphasized . The selected applicants are done so at random by a computer.
The latest figures from 2011 suggest there was 4 applicants to 1 ballot ticket, leaving a large number of applications unsuccessful.
Applications have to be posted to the AELTC by the middle of December of the year prior to the tournament. Many applicants get a head start by applying directly after the end of each year’s tournament. Seats and days are also randomly allocated so you are unable to choose any specific court or day to your preference. Ballot tickets are “non transferable”, so if you feel you are unable to use your assigned ballot tickets, you can return the tickets to Wimbledon where they can be sold to the waiting fans on the day.
The All England Club issues Debentures (which is a document that acknowledges a debt) to tennis fans once every five years for the purpose of raisin funds solely for the purpose of capital expenditure. Fans that invest in the club may receive tickets for every day of the Wimbledon Championships for the duration of the five years the investment lasts. Scalpers have been purchasing tickets selling them for a profit. Nothing new there.
Customers will be forced to leave who illegal tickets. High demand for these debentures has increased recently, to such an place that they are even exchanged on the London Stock Exchange. Wimbledon-French Open is where you can line up for all three courts on the day of the match. Many fans will normally have to line up and wait overnight at Wimbledon just to get in. Fans from all over the world find themselves doing this.
This is only a brief overview though there it enough to get you started.