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More than 5,000 tennis fanatics have been queuing overnight for tickets for the first day of Wimbledon today having emerged bleary-eyed from their hundreds of tents in SW19 at dawn.

Thousands have slept outside The All England Tennis Club overnight having pitched up more than 24 hours ago hoping to spend the day at the world's famous championships - with Briton Stuart Bere at the front of the queue.

Wimbledon, which began in 1877, is considered the most important sporting event of the British summer along with the first Test Match at Lord's each year. 

And many claim that queuing for tickets is 'as much a part of the Wimbledon experience as the tennis itself'.  

Novak Djokovic gets the honour of opening play on Centre Court at Wimbledon as the defending men's champion with British star Johanna Konta starting her campaign tomorrow. Andy and Jamie Murray are both playing in the doubles, and will play on Wednesday. 

This year Wimbledon's No 1 court has a new roof so play can continue in the rain - but with the weather set fair forecasters are already predicting it may not be used this year.

Britain's sporting summer is fully up and running with Wimbledon starting today and this young woman is seen reading a book in the queue for tickets this morning

Britain's sporting summer is fully up and running with Wimbledon starting today and this young woman is seen reading a book in the queue for tickets this morning

More than 5,000 have slept on SW19 overnight with more arriving this morning hoping to get entry to the All England Club

More than 5,000 have slept on SW19 overnight with more arriving this morning hoping to get entry to the All England Club

London is basking in summer sunshine today and forecasters are predicting there may not be any rain during the two-week championships

London is basking in summer sunshine today and forecasters are predicting there may not be any rain during the two-week championships

Stuart Bere holds his queue card number one whilst queuing in Wimbledon Park on day one of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Club

Stuart Bere holds his queue card number one whilst queuing in Wimbledon Park on day one of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Club 

Excited tennis fans Annette Wye (left) and Deborah Cody (right) donned their tennis ball hats as they stood among the estimated 5,000 people queueing for tockets

Excited tennis fans Annette Wye (left) and Deborah Cody (right) donned their tennis ball hats as they stood among the estimated 5,000 people queueing for tockets

A snoozing tennis fan gets some rest in a sea of tents with two weeks of Wimbledon starting in south-West London today

A snoozing tennis fan gets some rest in a sea of tents with two weeks of Wimbledon starting in south-West London today 

Since Sunday there have been a jungle of tents outside the famous south-west London venue - but epitomising the Britishness of the pursuit all the tents are in neat single-file rows.

Andy Murray will play in the doubles on Wednesday after recovering from a hip injury some feared would end his career

Andy Murray will play in the doubles on Wednesday after recovering from a hip injury some feared would end his career

Tennis fans are forbidden from playing loud music, the 'excessive consumption' of alcohol and any other anti-social behaviour if they want to avoid being kicked out before they even get in.  

There were fears of trouble after Extinction Rebellion protesters pitched up over the weekend. 

But concerns they would disrupt the Wimbledon Championships were unfounded as activists took part in a light-hearted demonstration.

Around 30 activists arrived at the gates of the All England Club today to give advice to tennis fans waiting in the queue.

Dressed as a giant tennis ball, a pink squid and a bottle, the protesters handed out leaflets as well as gave fans lessons on how single-use plastics damage the ocean.

The activists also carried tennis rackets and a net with plastic bottles tied to it, as one demonstrator dressed as a yellow ball jumped over the obstacle. 

In 1924, Wimbledon introduced a public ballot to apply for tickets, but this has always been oversubscribed. 

The first round of the ballot opened in September and the last people to find out if they have been successful are informed as late as July. 

But a limited number of tickets are released on each day of the competition, which is why so many fans have today flocked to the Wimbledon lawn.  

Andy Murray’s return to Wimbledon could see him go head to head with his older brother Jamie as the siblings both vie for the men’s doubles title.

Yesterday’s draw means the brothers could meet in the third round of the doubles competition which begins on Wednesday.

Camper Jan Bookwell, aged 80, from Virginia Water, is among 5,000 people hoping to get a day one ticket this morning

Camper Jan Bookwell, aged 80, from Virginia Water, is among 5,000 people hoping to get a day one ticket this morning

Campers have been in SW19 for more than 24 hours with many saying that queuing outside the All England Club is part of the true Wimbledon experience

Campers have been in SW19 for more than 24 hours with many saying that queuing outside the All England Club is part of the true Wimbledon experience

Campers have been in SW19 for more than 24 hours with many saying that queuing outside the All England Club is part of the true Wimbledon experience

Friends share takeaway pizzas delivered to the campsite having been there since Sunday morning queuing for tickets

Friends share takeaway pizzas delivered to the campsite having been there since Sunday morning queuing for tickets

Campers from Bristol and Cheshire with a cardboard cut out of Rafael Nadal in a tuxedo will be hoping to see Novak Djokovic

Campers from Bristol and Cheshire with a cardboard cut out of Rafael Nadal in a tuxedo will be hoping to see Novak Djokovic

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