If you are heading to Wimbledon this summer you’ll have plenty of choices to make: there are 19 courts available but you can only be in one at a time. To make your decisions easier we’ve analysed every match from the 2016 tournament to identify which Wimbledon courts are likely to provide what you’re looking for.
It’s perhaps unsurprising that Centre Court tends to host the most matches given its use for the tournament’s showpieces. In total there were 42 matches hosted there in 2016, which was five more than the next most-used venue – Court 3 – and double the average of 21 matches across the other 18 Wimbledon courts. However Court 17 offered plenty of action last year, with an average of 3.2 sets and 32.9 games per match offering serious value for money.
Many people flock to SW19 to catch a glimpse of the game’s leading players and again it won’t surprise you to learn that a seat in Centre Court is the best location for star-spotting. However, if you’re on a budget and don’t want to pay the premium for access to the show courts – that’s Centre Court plus Courts 1, 2 and 3 – then you could do worse than head to Court 12, which saw four in every five matches feature a seed last time around.
There are few more visceral experiences in top-level sport than watching a player at the peak of their powers deliver a masterclass in demolishing an opponent, so if this gets your blood pumping then Court 6 could be the place for you. In 2016 it saw the highest share of games won in straight sets and the largest percentage of sets won by the match-winner. Court 16 is another good shout, having seen the greatest proportion of games won by the eventual winner, while Court 4 featured the higher percentage of sets won 6-0.
… or competition
If you prefer the spectacle of an even fight then Court 10 or Court 14 could be the place for you, as they saw the highest share of sets and games dropped by the eventual winner respectively. Court 8, meanwhile, saw the lowest percentage of games won in straight sets and if you’ve paid extra for access to the show courts then give Court 1 a go; it saw over a quarter of sets settled by tie-breaks last year.
If you are keen to support the women’s game then Court 8 was the place to be last year, with women accounting for over 70% of the players to set foot on it. If you prefer the blend of chaos and co-ordination in the doubles game then Court 14 hosted the highest share of doubles matches last time around. For those seeking a shock result, a third of the games held at Court 5 in 2016 saw a seed eliminated, but if you want to cheer on a British player then unfortunately there’s no escaping the need for a pricier ticket: the highest share of games involving a Brit were to be found on Centre Court.