Thousands from all over the world join the Great British tradition as they queue for Wimbledon tennis tickets

Thousands from all over the world join the Great British tradition as they queue for Wimbledon tennis tickets

Travis Rotelli, centre, with friends Kyle Poplawski, left, and Bill Noviskis, right.

The Paulus family: Johann, centre, Susanne, right and Max, left.

Hopeful for tickets: Kezer and Fuzi Ildiko from Budapest.

Crowds gather to get their hands on tickets

Swiss Roger Federer fans in the queue today

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Thousands of people from all over the globe have spent hours queuing for Wimbledon tennis tickets this weekend.

Wimbledon Park was packed with families and friends, many of whom have been camping since Saturday morning hoping to get their hands on tickets for matches today and tomorrow.

Among those waiting were Travis Rotelli, 30, with friends Kyle Poplawski, 25, and Bill Noviskis, 26, who have come from Chicago.

Travis said a holiday to London and Scotland wouldn't be complete without a trip to Wimbledon to see the tennis.

He said: "I'm hoping it will be just as I've seen on TV.

“So far it has been very organised, clean and there are nice people.

“I'm looking forward to seeing David Ferrer, he’s fast."

Kezer and Fuzi Ildiko travelled from their home in Budapest to camp for tickets for tomorrow.

They arrived at 8.30 on Sunday morning.

Kezer said: "It's our first time here “I wanted to see Federer, he’s my favourite player.

"I had heard about the tradition of queuing and thought it would be difficult but it’s been really easy.

“Everyone is very chilled out."

By 9am this morning it was estimated 8,000 people had passed through the park gates, with numbers expected to rise for the rest of the week.

Johann Paulus was waiting in line with his mother Susanne and brother Max, who had travelled from their home in Hamberg, Germany to visit Clapham resident Johann and watch some matches.

It is the second time the family have queued for tickets.

Max said: “It is good to have a reason to come to London and see my brother and have fun seeing some good tennis.”

They said they are looking forward to seeing Dustin Brown in action.

Like many of the thousands queuing for tickets, the Paulus family were keeping themselves entertained by playing cards and enjoying some breakfast.

Wimbledon Park is expected to be full of people all week.

 

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