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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).
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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.