Wimbledon is Coming to New Haven – And Fans Can Go There, Too


By Nicholas McCarvel

As the stars of the WTA descend on the New Haven Open this month, a distinctly Wimbledon flair will come along with them, featuring 2011 winner Petra Kvitova, this year’s finalist Sabine Lisicki, reigning champion Marion Bartoli and tennis legend and 1997 champion Martina Hingis – all bringing world-class tennis to the courts at Yale University.

Fans, too, have the chance to carry on that Wimbledon feeling, with the chance to buy packages for the Wimbledon Experience, the only official package dealer for visits to the All England Club for The Championships 2014. The Wimbledon Experience booth will be set up on-site at the New Haven Open, so fans can book their 2014 tickets right from the grounds of the Connecticut Tennis Center.

“This is the one-and-only All England Club-certified experience for fans in North America,” Jan Thwaites, the vice president of sales for The Wimbledon Experience, told the New Haven Open blog. “Fans come to London and everything is set for them: this is a true world-class experience for those who love tennis.”

World-class, to say the least. The most popular among the Wimbledon Experience packages that fans can choose from is a two-day, three-night option, which puts tennis lovers on Centre Court one day and No.1 Court the next, three nights in a London hotel, a full English breakfast, buffet lunch in The Wimbledon Experience pavilion (beer and wine included!) and more.


The Wimbledon Experience pavilion itself is just a stone’s throw from the actual All England Club grounds, across the road and a short football-field walk from Centre Court. It’s there that the lunch and drinks are served, a space that is air-conditioned, comfortable and a reprieve for fans should they need a re-boot during a day of tennis-viewing.

“We offer a first-rate experience that really caters to what are guests are after,” Thwaites told the blog during a special tour in London. “We’ve been doing these kind of packages since 1982, so fans know our product and what we offer.”

Fans will also know plenty of familiar faces should they go, with a bevy of New Haven Open regulars in action including four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki, a former world No. 1, world No. 6 Sara Errani and Angelique Kerber are always considered outside threats at majors – Wimbledon being no different.

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