Chilled Pimm’s. Being ready to whip out hats and sunglasses at a moment’s notice (sod’s law – if you forget them, it’ll be a scorcher). Ball boys and girls so serious they look like they’ve done military training. And, most importantly, strawberries and cream – 23 tonnes of the former and 7,000 litres of the latter. Apparently Cardinal Wolsey – Henry VIII’s right-hand man – started the berry-and-dairy pairing trend way back in the 1500s (or, at least, someone brilliant in his kitchen did).

It’s all about tactics. If you want tickets, you need to know someone, get really lucky in the ballot or queue with the tenacity, supplies and patience of someone waiting for the next Apple drop.

Monday 27th June – Sunday 10th July www.wimbledon.com

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