Wimbledon residents launch protest against fan 'sex parties'

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Wimbledon residents have long complained about the behaviour of tennis fans, there year going as far as printing out signs to discourage 'sex and drugs parties' in the nearby woods. Pictures: Twitter/Getty Images
Wimbledon residents have long complained about the behaviour of tennis fans, there year going as far as printing out signs to discourage 'sex and drugs parties' in the nearby woods. Pictures: Twitter/Getty Images

Wimbledon residents have taken to putting up posters in the streets surrounding the All-England Club in the hopes of warding off intoxicated tennis fans who have engaged in 'drugs, booze and sex parties' nearby.

Residents of the famous London suburb have grown increasingly frustrated by the behaviour of tennis fans leaving Wimbledon in years prior, taking the step of posting hand-made signs throughout the suburb warning people against 'anti-social behaviour'.

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Complaints have come in consistently over the behaviour of patrons, to the point where the All England Club issued a 19-page document specifically meant for the hundreds of people lining up outside the tournament each day in the hopes of picking up the best seats.

The massive demand for tickets frequently sees people making a day of 'The Queue', much to the chagrin of local residents.

Though the All-England Club has banned those queuing from brining speakers or engaging in excessive drinking, local residents still took it upon themselves to issue a warning.

“Game Sex and Match NO THANKS,” the sign says.

“Visiting tennis fans please respect our park and woodland.

“Anti-social behaviour such as drugs, booze and sex parties will not be tolerated.

“Police patrol this area regularly and you have been warned. Thanks for your consideration. Enjoy the tennis!”

The posters were first reported on by The Daily Star, who interviewed a local resident claiming to have seen the conduct described many times.

Campers, pictured here queuing for tickets at Wimbledon.
Campers queue for tickets at Wimbledon. (Photo by Zac Goodwin/PA Images via Getty Images)

The resident said the summer weather often lead to people getting 'carried away'.

“In the summer all sorts goes on in the woods," they told The Daily Star.

“But during Wimbledon fortnight, especially if the weather gets hot, people get carried away and pop into the woods.

“I’ve seen couples having sex, drugs parties, everything really.

“With so many fans camping in the park it turns into a big party after dark and people just get carried away especially if they’ve been knocking back the Pimms all day.

“We’ve put notices up in the past, but they just get ripped down. Hopefully the police will step up their patrols this year and kick out anyone they catch wanting a love match.”

Similar notes were also put up back in 2019.

Nick Kyrgios happy to play the Wimbledon villain

While some fans have been getting up to plenty of shenanigans off the court, Nick Kyrgios is embracing the chance to bring his own firebrand style back to Wimbledon.

Kyrgios is among 10 Australians in action on day two of the championships at The All England Club on Tuesday night.

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"I know I just got to ride the waves emotionally out there because the crowd is obviously going to be behind the local," Kyrgios said.

"I'm used to wearing that kind of black hat, the villain-type role. I'm going to embrace it. I'm just going to go out there and play the game.

"If you look at the results I've had the last couple weeks, if I just stick to my guns, the results say I should win pretty easy. I know it's not going to be the case. I've got to be pretty focused."

Nick Kyrgios says he is feeling focused and ready ahead of his first round Wimbledon matchup. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
Nick Kyrgios says he is feeling focused and ready ahead of his first round Wimbledon matchup. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

For all his rich potential, the 27-year-old hot-head knows time is ticking away and that he must keep his cool to give himself a shot at grand slam glory.

Kyrgios is still to make even a grand slam semi-final.

"It's like not many people have gotten over the hump of winning a slam. I'm one of the people that has to deal with that every week," he said.

"Like, 'Oh, he's probably one of the biggest wastes of talent. He should be winning a slam.'

"Not many people have actually gotten over that hump in singles. It's obviously something I want to get over, and hopefully one day.

"I know from a confidence standpoint, I'm never low on that. I've had some good runs here at Wimbledon, at the Australian Open. I've always run into someone that's pretty much in their prime."

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