We’re fast approaching that two-week period where Britain goes absolutely mad for tennis, with Wimbledon once again ready to serve up the strawberries and cream, rain delays and a British quarter final defeat.
Thousands will flock to SW19 over the two-week tennis extravaganza whilst millions more will be keeping abreast of the action on office computers, television sets and, of course, their mobile phones.
But if you are looking to follow the action from Wimbledon this summer, which apps should you have to make sure that you catch severe serve, rally and point? Here’s our top five:
Wimbledon Official (Free)
It probably isn’t surprising that we start our run down with the official Wimbledon smartphone offering, and the IT guys at the All England Club have come up with a great little app.
If you’re heading to the championships, this app is a must, with live scores from all of the courts and the full order of play both updated as events unfold throughout the day. You can also enjoy video highlights from the tournament and access three channels of radio commentary, including coverage of events on Centre Court and Court One, to guarantee that you won’t miss a thing.
The app even features links to the official Twitter feeds of all of the major players, so you can really feel close to the action.
Soundboards are nothing new in the App Store although if you’re a tennis fan, Sounds of Wimbledon could be right up your street. As well as the everyday sounds of Wimbledon, such as “Out!” and “Quiet Please”, you’ll be able to replay some of Wimbledon’s most iconic sounds – including John McInroe’s “You cannot be serious!”
And of course, when many people think of Wimbledon, they think of “grunting”, which is why this app features some of the most famous ‘grunts’ in tennis, including Maria Sharapova, Monica Seles, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray. Nice.
As well as providing you with the latest news, rankings and live scores from all events on the ATP and WTA tours, this app actually helps you to improve your game.
The “mobile coach” will guide you through some of the fundamentals as well as the more complicated shots in the game, with video demonstrations and guidance from Australian Open double winners Mike and Bob Bryan.
If you haven’t quite got the time or the cash for professional tennis coaching, this app really is the next best thing.
Tennis games have come a long way since Pong and Real Tennis HD proves that.
Featuring eight players, seven stadiums and three different surfaces, all modelled in stunning 3D, this iPad game really does grab your attention – making it perfect for any rain delay!
Using Wi-Fi, you can also play against other players and the game’s career mode gives you the full tennis experience and allows you to fight your way through the tournaments to become the world number one.
The new Centre Court roof may have silenced Cliff Richard, but it wouldn’t be Wimbledon without the covers being rushed on and off the court. At least with the Met Office Weather app, you’ll know whether to pack the sun cream and shorts or the brolly and pac-a-mac for your day at SW19!