Wimbledon 2017 hasn't reached its dramatic conclusion but the demand for tickets for next year is underway.

Sadly, it's near impossible to get a ticket for the action in SW19 this year - but hope is not lost.

This is our guide to how you can obtain tickets to the coveted event next year - which is always oversubscribed.

The Ballot

The public ballot, introduced in 1924, has always been substantially oversubscribed.

Entry does not automatically entitle applicants to tickets but puts them in a draw for tickets.

It is not possible to request tickets for specific days or courts, as the day and court offered are chosen randomly by computer.

The 2017 ballot has already been and gone. Details for the 2018 ballot will be released once the tournament is over.

To enter you usually have to request an application form before the middle of December by sending a stamped, addressed envelope to AELTC, PO Box 98, London, SW19 5AE.

They can also be collected in person from the club.

Once completed, the form must be returned to the organisers. The ballot draw will take place in early 2018, usually February, and the lucky winners will be notified by post and asked to pay for their tickets.

There is a separate ballot for wheelchair users, which follows a similar pattern, and an online one for those who live outside the UK.

The Queue

Wimbledon remains one of the few major UK sporting events where you can still buy premium tickets on the day of play and this is the main way to watch this year's tournament.

Many people camp overnight to get their place near the front of the queue, while others arrive in the early hours.

Tickets are sold on the basis of one per person queuing and payment is by cash only.

A limited number of tickets are available daily for Centre Court, No.1 Court and No.2 Court, except for the last four days on Centre Court, when all are sold in advance.

There are also several thousand grounds passes available each day to watch the action on the outside courts, where there is unreserved seating and standing room on Courts No.3-18.

There are rules for the queue, which can be found here.

Official hospitality packages

Another option for tickets is to go through official tour operators Keith Prowse and Sportsworld, who provide hospitality packages including tickets and hotel accommodation.

Ticketmaster

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There is also a slim chance of getting a ticket online, through ticketmaster.co.uk , with several hundred Centre Court and No.3 Court tickets sold online the day before.

Other than Ticketmaster, the AELTC (All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club) does not have any authorised ticket-only agents who sell tickets on the internet.

The AELTC cannot guarantee that tickets purchased other than from itself or authorised agents will be valid or will gain entry.

Resale

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When spectators leave Wimbledon before the end of a day's play their tickets can be resold at the Ticket Resale Kiosk to people already within the grounds.

Original ticket holders are asked to put unwanted tickets in special red boxes for collection or, if they want to retain them as souvenirs, to have the barcodes scanned so that a new ticket may be generated.

How much do tickets cost?

In week one, this year's grounds admission tickets can be bought for £25, while tickets for centre court start at £56 but rise to £95 by Saturday.

Tickets for the show courts, which also include no.1, no.2 and no.3 continue to rise as the tournament progresses with men's finals day on the second Sunday costing £190 per ticket.

For more information, visit the Wimbledon website.