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Wimbledon embraces web, plans online ballot for the public: Report

Almost a half-million people made the pilgrimage to southwest London last year to attend one of the most prestigious events on the global sports calendar

Centre Court, Wimbledon
Centre Court, Wimbledon | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Wimbledon is slowly hauling itself into the 21st century. The All England Lawn Tennis Club, which runs the Wimbledon championships, is developing an online ballot for the public to attend the tournament, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar. An official announcement may come this month with the aim of introducing the system in time for next year’s event. Currently, the public ballot involves applicants completing a paper form and mailing it along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope -- and waiting weeks if not months for a reply. Almost a ...