Today is one of the biggest days in the tennis calendar as the Wimbledon Championships 2011 gets underway at the All England Club in London.
The tournament has always been notoriously difficult to follow for tennis fans. Aside from the fact there are so many events and games taking place at the same time, the big problem is that most of the action takes place during the day when everyone is at work, school or college.
The good news is that every year it gets easier to keep up with the latest action from Wimbledon, thanks to the increasing number of tennis apps and mobile services. Here are five of the best tools to stay on top of every shot from The Championships:
The official Wimbledon app is probably the best way to follow the tournament on your phone, although unfortunately it’s only available for iOS users. The neatly designed application brings you news, scores and fixtures from the event. It includes video highlights of each day’s play and there’s even a radio section where you can listen to live commentary of matches from Center Court and Court One.
Wimbledon Grand Slam Tennis (Android)
One of the few Wimbledon-focused Android apps, Wimbledon Grand Slam Tennis provides up-to-the-minute tournament news, along with live scores, player profiles, and a photo gallery. The implementation of the app leaves a lot to be desired, however. There are a few bugs and some of the content doesn’t load properly. That said, it’s ideal if you just want news and live scores.
The ESPN ScoreCenter is a revered app among fans of many sports, and tennis is one them. Select the Tennis option in the options menu and you’ll get results and live scores from all Wimbledon matches, latest tennis news, plus overall tour rankings. You can also set up alerts in ESPN ScoreCenter to let you know as soon as a new article is published.
Tennis Live 2011 (iOS and Android)
Tennis Live 2011 (or Tennis 2011 Live, as the iOS version is called) is a free app that offers comprehensive coverage of all ATP tennis events, including Wimbledon. Its Live mode is one of the best score trackers you’ll see anywhere, giving you a ball-by-ball account of all the matches currently in progress. There’s plenty more besides, including news, player profiles, rankings, schedules, etc.
Wimbledon Mobile site (all phones)
If you don’t own an Android or iOS device you’ll be disappointed by the lack of Wimbledon-related applications. Fear not though, because the official Wimbledon mobile site, m.wimbledon.com, is an excellent way to follow the tournament from any phone’s web browser. It boasts more or less the same features as the Wimbledon iPhone app, including live scores, schedule, draws, photos and player profiles. There’s even a guide to the All England Club, if you’re planning on attending.