Wimbledon has increased its ticket prices for next year’s tennis tournament, with the All England Club opening the public ballot this week.
Fans are now able to apply for tickets for the competition, which will be held between July 3 – 16 next year.
Tickets for both the men’s and women’s singles finals, which take place on the 15,000-capacity Centre Court, will rise by £15 ($17/€17) to £255, while entry on the opening two days of Wimbledon will rise £5 to £80.
The limited number of cheaper tickets in the back six rows will remain at £230 for the finals and £70 for days one and two.
Prices have also increased for entry to the No. 1 Court, which has a capacity of roughly 12,500.
The price increase comes after Wimbledon bosses launched a ticketing review after there were a number of empty seats during the first week of this year’s event. It was revealed that this year’s championships had missed its sales target by 25,000, despite the All England Club posting a record attendance of 515,164.
Those entering the current ballot, which will remain open until November 15, will be restricted to two tickets per household.
An All England Club spokesperson said: “We are very conscious of the current economic climate, and have therefore made every effort to absorb most of the increased costs of staging the event.
“Careful consideration was given when setting the ticket prices for this year. More than 80 per cent of tickets available through the Wimbledon public ballot and the queue have had prices held at 2022 levels. We have also chosen not to introduce a booking fee. Modest increases in price, below current inflation, have been introduced for premium seats on Centre Court and No 1 Court.”