Summer's here: time for Wimbledon, strawberries and cream... and IT

Summer's here: time for Wimbledon, strawberries and cream... and IT

Summary: This year IBM celebrates 25 years of partnership with the world's most famous tennis championships. We go behind the scenes to examine the tech that serves up the online coverage.

TOPICS: IBM, Cloud, After Hours

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  • The start of the Wimbledon Championships is an exciting time for tennis fans, as well as an opportunity for casual observers to brush up on their knowledge of net cords and line calls.

    IBM is to the fore this year as it celebrates 25 years of sponsoring the event. Earlier this week, ZDNet dropped in — not only to sample some tennis, but also to check out the technology behind the online coverage. I last wrote about the IT in use at Wimbledon eight years ago, so it was good to see what had changed. 

    Pictured above is 'Henman Hill', named after the UK's Tim Henman, famous for never quite making it to the final (attempts have been made to rename it Murray Mount, but whether the plucky Englishman or the successful Scotsman will prevail remains unclear).

    Images  ZDNet/Colin Barker

  • The press centre was the first change I noticed. It's shown here — sort of, since it's actually buried beneath Court No. 1. Burying a press centre might seem an expensive option, but space at the relatively small Wimbledon site has always been at a premium.

Topics: IBM, Cloud, After Hours


Colin Barker is based in London and is Senior Reporter for ZDNet. He has been writing about the IT business for some 30-plus years. He still enjoys it.

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  • IBM is great

    Not so much ESPN which locked up TV coverage for Wimbledon in 2013. Both the men's and women's finals are given a 3-hour time slot on ABC for OTA broadcasting, delayed. Three hours is usually plenty for the women's final as it's 2 out of 3 sets to win. The men's final, however, is 3 out of 5 sets to win and usually last well over 3 hours. Long story, short: ESPN edits the match to fit in the 3-hour time slot.

    This is beyond stingy.
    Rabid Howler Monkey