Our worst year ever, I'm still watching

Published June 23, 2010

As a change of pace to all the football talk, here’s a post about Wimbledon! It seems it’s become an annual thing for me to summarise all the ways I’m trying to keep up with the best tennis tournament around. In 2008, I talked a little about the live commentaries, whilst in 2009 it was all podcasts and apps.

This year, I’m going to do more of the same, as the list of ways and means keeps growing!

Firstly though, how rubbish is it that this is our worst year ever? To begin with, there are no English men in the game at all this year, which is the first time ever. I’m not bothered by that, particularly, but it is a striking moment in history.

Secondly, Andy Murray is the only British player to get through to the second round. Just one! As if there wasn’t enough pressure on him as it is.

Wimbledon is still fabulous though, with or without home players. Here’s how I’m trying to keep track:

  • The BBC not only have live commentary of all the matches - a general overview of the day - they do selected matches game by game. Mr C is a particular fan of the flowery language used to describe play.
  • I’d completely forgotten about Tarango & Cash’s Wimbledon podcast but it’s back and I have just hit subscribe.
  • The iPlayer still has plenty of options to watch selected matches, and to catch up with Today at Wimbledon.
  • Another option I discovered is long or short highlights via iTunes. In the TV section, you can grab a series pass for under £5 and take the tennis with you wherever you go. You can also relive the year, if it’s particularly good.
  • On my way home last night, I even managed to tune my car radio into 5live. I wasn’t sure the radio would still work in my car, I had to blow quite a lot of dust off to find the tuning section. It’s on the AM frequency, which.. well, I don’t really know what that means, except it doesn’t sound very good. If it’s a mustn’t-miss match though, 5live are great at describing what you can’t see.
  • The Wimbledon site has been spruced up and contains such greatness as the Slamtracker, a dedicated poet, live updates and of course, Radio Wimbledon. I’m not sure I’ve ever actually listened to that but I bet it’s good.
  • Finally, of course, there’s the iPhone App. Last year, I didn’t have an iPod capable of apping so I was peeking over Mr C’s shoulders for updates whenever I could. This year, I’m all about the app.

Oh, and how could I forget? We’re covering the championships day by day on Sidepodcast! It’s a great place to cheer on your chosen player, commiserate at the scoreline, or simply celebrate how great tennis is. Join us!

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