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Two centre court tickets for £200? Don't mind if I do!

You might not be lucky in the LTA Advantage Wimbledon ticket ballot - but what have you got to lose by giving it a go? writes Jo Davies.

Ok, it's a bit of a faff.

First, you have to make sure you've set up an LTA Advantage account (as members we can do this as our club is affiliated to the LTA).

Next, you need to pre-register to be included in the Wimbledon ticket ballot before the end of December (our club secretary Fiona very helpfully sends us all reminders to do this during autumn).

And third, you won't even get a response if you haven't been lucky in the ballot.

Iga Swiatek (Poland) plays Sara Sorribes Tormo (Spain) on Centre Court. Swiantek won, 6-2, 6-0.

But, if you do get lucky you can get to Wimbledon without the eye-watering ticket prices that are currently being advertised online - look what I've just Googled...

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When the first tranche of lucky winners was announced in January this year, I, like many others in the club, didn't hear anything.

There was a delay while some people sent tickets back they didn't want, as they're non-transferable.

Then three weeks later... this arrived!

All I had to do then was pounce online at 10.00am on the dot on 27th March, and pay for two tickets.

This year I opted for two Centre Court tickets at £100 each for my husband and I; we'd only been twice before, on courts number One and Two, so for an extra £20 or so we thought we'd get an upgrade.

(To be honest, while you might not see the very top players, I thought the smaller courts were far more fun and entertaining, as long as you get good weather, but let's not split hairs.)

We went on Wednesday 5th July, and the day's highlights included Iga Swiatek's astonishing powerplay, almost everyone cheering on Aussie Jordan Thompson who put in a fearless, if ultimately unsuccessful, game against - I have to say it - the remarkable player that is RoboDjok.

Also, there was only one or two showers - so we had the advantage of a roof in case it hammered down.

A grand day out for two - without spending two grand.

For more information about the 2024 Wimbledon ballot read the information on the LTA website and look out for club Secretary Fiona Foreman's emails later this year.

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