Prepare yourself for aces, smashes, volleys, sweat, fashion, primordial grunting and rain because, Wimbledon has come around again. For the next week or so, the entire nation will find itself gripped by the daily drama as the world’s best players gather to fight it out for the cup. Here are our pick of the sites to help feed your tennis addiction, during and well after the tournament is over.
THE OFFICIAL SITE - WIMBLEDON
The official site for keeping in the loop with all things Wimbledon. It tells you everything you need to know about Wimbledon itself, how to get there, how to get tickets, who is playing and where the bar is. Each player has a profile, so read up on their stats before each match and impress everyone with your knowledge.
THE TENNIS STAR – ANDY MURRAY
Fans of the Scot will be pleased to discover that Andy Murray has a very impressive website, packed with all you could possibly want to know about Britain’s best tennis player. Watch videos, follow Andy on twitter or look at photos.
THE BLOG – THE GUARDIAN
Follow Xan Brooks’ live Wimbledon blog for the Guardian. Witty, wordy and well-informed – if you love tennis, and love sports journalism, you will really love this blog.
WATCH LIVE MATCHES – BBC
The beeb continues its tradition of delivering excellent coverage of Wimbledon, and now you can watch the matches online, so there is no reason to miss any of it! if you have tuned in late, cast your eye over Neil Harman’s live blog underneath, which should fill in any gaps.
GET PLAYING – ALL PLAY TENNIS
An initiative from the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association), a sort of Facebook for tennis players, designed to encourage more people to play the game. Sign up with the site for free, create a profile and find clubs, coaches and people to play against in your local area.
CAMPAIGNING FOR FREE COURTS – TENNIS FOR FREE
Unlike football, owing to the equipment and the court required to play, tennis remains a fairly elitist sport. Tennis For Free hopes to change this with its campaign to make tennis accessible to more people in the UK. Theirs is a two pronged attack; first by increasing the amount of free courts in public parks, and also by offering 2 year long free coaching programmes.
GET THE EQUIPMENT – TENNIS NUTS
This is a great site for finding good quality, well-priced tennis equipment. All of the tennis rackets available to buy are given a rating for power or control, so you can find the perfect racket for your style of game. Tennis Nuts actually caters for all racket sports, so find all you need to play badminton, squash and table tennis here as well.