It’s that time of the year once again; where everyone becomes a tennis expert, and supermarkets across the nation suddenly have a shortage of strawberries and cream. Yes, Wimbledon is here, but if you haven’t been lucky enough to bag yourself some Centre Court tickets this year, how can you keep up?
That smartphone in your pocket could be the answer, especially if you know where to look. So, if you fancy cheering Andy Murray on, maybe you could serve up an ace with these awesome options…
The Official Wimbledon app
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It should be the first port of call for any Tennis fan planning on keeping one eye on the All-England Club. The Championships, Wimbledon 2015 app offers plenty of ways to ensure that you get point by point analysis of everything that happens at the event.
It provides live scores, results, news and draws throughout the tournament, whilst live video and radio is handled perfectly through your smartphone’s internet connection. You can even get information on the fly by signing up for bespoke player alerts, so whether you’re a Federer fanatic or mad for Murray you’ll be kept in the know.
Also, the app is available on both iOS and Android, so both your iPhone and Google handsets can avoid double faults with this app.
Wimbledon on BBC iPlayer
Admittedly, you’ll have to stick to the schedule which the BBC offers up, but it’s still one of the easiest ways to catch the action at SW19. It allows users to watch live footage through an internet connection, whether it’s Sue Barker’s ‘Today at Wimbledon’ show or a live match from Centre Court.
Catch-up is available if you’re behind on the action, and you can even download some programmes to your phone. It might not be game, set and match for player analysis, but it’s a simple and easy way to keep in the loop without splashing out on a ticket.
#Tennis on Twitter
If you’re not planning on burning through your smartphone battery and data plan with video streaming then Twitter could be perfect for you.
By keeping your eye on the Wimbledon hashtag and following a fair few reputable sources you can take a quick glance at your timeline to keep up with the happenings at the tournament. You can even follow players’ individual accounts, so you can catch their thoughts whenever they choose to post something online – win or lose.
Plenty of news stories about the event will undoubtedly find their way onto the social media site as well, so if you’re an eager reader then you can use Twitter for that vice as well.
Sky Sports for Wimbledon
If you want a more in-depth analysis than Titter, why not check out the Sky Sports app? It’s not designed purely for Wimbledon, but it does have live updates of matches and video updates within stories.
It doesn’t matter if you’re purely keeping track of the men’s,women’s, or doubles matches, Sky Sports should keep you up to date with all the events. The app even provides full schedules and results from the tournament, so there’s no excuse for not knowing your stuff.
Map your way to SW19!
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Got two weeks spare and a bag full of cash? Maybe Maps can guide you down to the tournament if you want to risk picking up some tickets from the dodgy guy outside the front gate?
Of course, you could always join the hefty queue which tends to appear hours before each days’ events to get into the grounds and take in the atmosphere at Henman Hill (or Mount Murray). Most maps apps will definitely get you there, but we can’t guarantee they’ll help you avoid the queues, so you’d better pack a sleeping bag for your travels just in case.
So, if you’re desperate to avoid finding the net with your hunt for Wimbledon details, maybe these five ways to keep up with the tournament are worth giving a go? If not, you can always curl up into a ball with your strawberries and cream until the show comes to a close on July 12th.