The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has announced its 2020 Wimbledon public ticketing ballot will be fully online for the first time.

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.

The AELTC said in a statement: “In moving the process online, the AELTC felt the time was right to develop an enhanced and connected online customer journey which will not only improve and simplify the experience of applicants, but also ensure they are kept informed of their Ballot application status at all times throughout the process and beyond to The Championships 2020 itself.”

The ballot has two compulsory phases, which are registration and application.

For the 2020 Championship event, registration will be held between September 9 and October 21, while the application process runs from November 1 to 30.

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