Tennis Ticket Tout Jailed For Wimbledon Tickets

May 1, 2024

Oliver Hardiman has been sentenced to four months in jail after admitting to buying and selling tickets for the Wimbledon Championships 2023. The All England Lawn Tennis Club, which organises the event, pursued legal action against Hardiman for contempt of court.

The club had previously obtained an interim injunction against Hardiman after discovering his involvement in the sale of non-transferable Wimbledon tickets. Despite this, he breached the terms of the injunction, prompting the club to file for committal.

In a recent judgment, the court characterized Hardiman as a ticket tout with a history of similar offences, including injunctions from Chelsea Football Club and previous convictions for the unauthorized sale of football tickets.

Following a hearing in early April, Mr. Justice Morris determined that a custodial sentence was appropriate, ultimately sentencing Hardiman to four months in prison. Despite being allowed to provide information on his associates to mitigate his sentence, Hardiman failed to do so.

As part of the ruling, Hardiman was also ordered to pay £23,942.50 in legal costs. A spokesperson for the All England Club emphasized their commitment to monitoring ticket sales and taking action against individuals who violate ticket terms and conditions.