How to keep up with Wimbledon

This year, there are more ways than ever to keep up with what’s happening at the hallowed tennis grounds, and I am grateful because each year I get more and more scatterbrained.

I extolled the virtues of the BBC’s coverage last year, and there’s more of the same going on for the next two weeks. From what I can tell, we can enjoy:

  • The Wimbledon live blog, giving updates from all over the competition
  • High profile live match updates – including video, and game by game commentary
  • Tennis programmes on the iPlayer, including a couple of matches each day in their entirety, plus the usual Today at Wimbledon fare.
  • Live radio and BBC Two streaming.
  • Tarango & Cash’s Wimbledon Tennis podcast.

That’s enough right there, if you ask me. However, the official Wimbledon site has some goodies on offer as well. There’s online video, the interactive draw plus some excellent live scoring.

Wimbledon

There is also the obligatory iPhone App, which is annoying because it looks really good, is free, and I don’t have (or want) and iPhone.

If you’re a Twitter fan, you can follow Wimbledon.org updates, with some great insight and behind the scenese information, plus all the headlines you need to know. There are also pictures from the championship available on their Facebook page.

Let’s be honest, this is more information than any human could possibly need, and it’s best to pick and choose what you want. Better this way, though, than crawling into one corner of the office with a wind up radio and some earplugs, desperate for good reception to hear the latest scores.

10 thoughts on “How to keep up with Wimbledon

  1. Everytime I log into facebook every single update is from Wimbledon. They are getting a little update happy.
    I know what is going on and who is winning at all times though, there is a lot more info coming out of Wimbledon than there was out of the French Open!

  2. I didn’t actually realise that Today at Wimbledon is available on iPlayer. That’s pretty cool, as I had just assumed it wouldn’t be.

    In addition to BBC2, there’s also streams available of all six BBCi feeds. Admittedly, they aren’t great quality, but that’s just the nature of streaming sport online, and no doubt the ISPs would bitch if the BBC significantly improved the bitrate.

    The photo updates on Facebook are great, but I don’t log in regularly enough, and keep losing track.

  3. Incidentally, I’m current watching a match with a motorsport connection – Wozniacki vs. Date Krumm. The latter’s husband is racing driver Michael Krumm, who’s watching on in the crowd.

  4. I didn’t actually realise that Today at Wimbledon is available on iPlayer. That’s pretty cool, as I had just assumed it wouldn’t be.

    A lot of their sporting things aren’t, but I guess it’s all a rights thing. Am still hoping A Question of Sport will appear on there one day.

  5. I guess in the future we’ll see more stuff online, as it’ll become standard to sell rights on a multiplatform basis. The net is being seen more as part of a broadcasting experience, rather than an optional extra a few people might want to take advantage of.

  6. i’ve been using the ipod app a lot this week and it’s brilliant, especially when you’re too busy to be able to pay full attention to the match or want to find out quickly when a certain match starts.

  7. i’ve been using the ipod app a lot this week and it’s brilliant, especially when you’re too busy to be able to pay full attention to the match or want to find out quickly when a certain match starts.

    Very good! I only get to glance at the app when I can prise the iPod out of Mr C’s hands, but I really like the overview of the draw. Saves me making a massive wall chart 🙂

  8. I heart the printable Slam draws. Even though I don’t need them, I like to write all the names down on my wall 🙂

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