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Wimbledon chair considers changes to ballot ticketing

Wimbledon chairman Philip Brook said that the All England Lawn Tennis Club is considering changes to its ballot system for tickets.

Currently, Wimbledon sends out paper-based tickets but it has been trialling the online system with its overseas ballots.

The Public Ballot, introduced in 1924, 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 a computerised selection process chooses the day and court offered randomly, and sends offers via letters.

Brook, who retires in December after nearly 10 years as chairman, said concerns with moving online are due to a potential influx of demand and touts.

“It is hard work,” Brooks said, according to the Guardian. “You have to send in a form with a stamped addressed envelope.

“We have for the last three or four years put our overseas ballot online. This is a bit of a test to see what happens. We are looking closely at the whole question of the ballot and whether we might move it online.

“We are a bit worried about that, (as) we might be completely swamped with demand. Secondly, we think with a paper-based system it is harder for people to cheat.”

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