Wimbledon on Twitter 2009

Everybody was talking about Wimbledon during Wimbledon, at least on Twitter. ‘Wimbledon’ was consistently one of the top trending topics on the micro-blogging site for duration of the tournament. Even a misspelling of the Championships – ‘Wimbeldon’ – was one of the most tweeted words on men’s final day.

This year the team at wimbledon.org provided the up-to-date coverage of The Championships via Twitter. We were the first to break the news that Rafael Nadal would not defend his men’s singles title and we provided live coverage of Centre Court and No.1 Court. Here is a selection of our best Twitter coverage from twitter.com/wimbledon.



Rafael Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon because of injury

Defending champion Rafael Nadal has called a press conference for 19:00 to announce whether he will play at Wimbledon. 5:01 PM Jun 19th from web

Still waiting for Rafa to come in the room for his press conference at Wimbledon.7:02 PM Jun 19th from web
Still no sign of Rafael Nadal yet.7:09 PM Jun 19th from web

Here is Rafa…7:11 PM Jun 19th from web

Rafael Nadal has said he isn’t 100% fit and has decided he cannot play at Wimbledon this year.7:13 PM Jun 19th from web

Rafael Nadal: “To not play Wimbledon is one of the toughest decisions of my career.” 7:15 PM Jun 19th from web

Rafael Nadal: “I’ve played with some problems with my knees for some months.”7:16 PM Jun 19th from web

Federer on Nadal’s absence from Wimbledon: “It’s very disappointing for the tournament and myself” 1:38 PM Jun 20th from web

Federer v Roddick, men’s final

240 players in total enter Qualifying and the main draw and it all comes down to this: Roger Federer v Andy Roddick at 2pm. Game on 11:28 AM Jul 5th from web

The umpire has called ‘play’, Andy Roddick will serve first and he opens with an ace. Live coverage @centre_court 2:10 PM Jul 5th from web

Pete Sampras has just taken his seat in the Royal Box and is shaking the hand of Bjorn Borg. It’s his first time back here since 2002. 2:16 PM Jul 5th from web

Roddick saves four break points and leads 6-5 2:46 PM Jul 5th from web

Roddick breaks serve and wins the first set 7-5.2:50 PM Jul 5th from web

The Fed-X is back. He saved four set points to win the tie-break 8-6. Game on.3:34 PM Jul 5th from web

Federer is now leading two sets to one after taking the third on a tie-break 7-5.4:22 PM Jul 5th from web

Roddick pumps his fists as he breaks Fed’s serve to lead 3-1 after the Swiss nets a forehand volley 4:35 PM Jul 5th from web

Roddick comes back from 0-30 down to hold serve and take the fourth set 6-3. TWO SETS ALL. Fed has still yet to break the Fed serve. 4:54 PM Jul 5th from web

7-7 in the fifth set. Federer to serve. Live tweets @centre_court. Roddick has two break points. 5:43 PM Jul 5th from web

Federer holds we are still on game’s going with serve. More coverage @centre_court 5:45 PM Jul 5th from web

Roddick holds making it 11-11. The longest fifth set in a Wimbledon final was 1958. Cooper beat Fraser 13-11. 6:03 PM Jul 5th from web

Roddick ace then Federer nets and Roddick holds. 13-13. In-depth coverage @centre_court 6:14 PM Jul 5th from web

Big sigh from Mirka as Roger sends down his 49th ace for the match leading 30-0 on serve #wimbledon 6:15 PM Jul 5th from web

This fifth set of the #wimbledon men’s final has lasted an incredible 88 minutes already 6:21 PM Jul 5th from web

Federer holds to love 15-14 6:22 PM Jul 5th from web

40-40 on the Roddick serve. 6:25 PM Jul 5th from web

Championship point for Federer. Coverage @centre_court 6:27 PM Jul 5th from web

Federer has won Wimbledon. 6:28 PM Jul 5th from web

Roger Federer has won his sixth Wimbledon title beating Andy Roddick 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14 in 4 hours 16 minutes.6:29 PM Jul 5th from web

Roddick pays tribute to Federer. “He’s a true champion and he deserves everything he gets.” Apologies to Sampras. “I tried to hold him off.” 6:34 PM Jul 5th from web

Serena v Venus, ladies final

The ladies’ final between Serena and Venus Williams has started. Venus holds serve on the first game of the match.2:15 PM Jul 4th from web

Games going with serve in the ladies’ final. Venus has dropped just 19 games en route to the final Serena has come from a match point down.2:30 PM Jul 4th from web

Lucky let chord for Serena drags Venus to the net. Serena executes measured lob over her 6ft 1inch sister and takes the 1st set breaker 7-3 3:07 PM Jul 4th from TweetDeck

RT @centre_court: Venus misses a forehand and Serena has a match point 1hr and 21mins into this final. Hoots from the crowd 3:34 PM Jul 4th from TweetDeck

Match point 2. Venus hits a 1st serve let. Serena had that point in the bag right up until the moment she netted a tame backhand. 40-40 3:36 PM Jul 4th from TweetDeck

Venus strikes the ball into the trams and Serena has a third match point 3:38 PM Jul 4th from TweetDeck

Another error from Venus, long over the baseline, gives Serena a fourth championship point 3:39 PM Jul 4th from TweetDeck

Venus nets Serena’s return. Serena sinks to her knees in celebration of her third Wimbledon title. Sisters embrace at the net. 3:40 PM Jul 4th from TweetDeck

Serena’s name – in gold lettering – is already on the honour roll that adorns the clubhouse wall. Venus heads up the stairs and past it 3:55 PM Jul 4th from TweetDeck

Venus Williams has just come into the interview room for her post-match press conference 4:22 PM Jul 4th from TweetDeck

Venus Williams: “I tried my best today she [Serena] just played so well. ” 4:23 PM Jul 4th from TweetDeck

Ladies’ champion Serena Williams is wearing a t-shirt in her press conference that says ‘Are you looking at my titles?’ 5:01 PM Jul 4th from TweetDeck

The first day of The Championships

Anyone for tennis? 9:03 AM Jun 22nd from web

The people who were first in line in the queue for Centre Court tickets got there on Friday night. That’s dedication. 9:51 AM Jun 22nd from web

Roger Federer is having a Sgt Pepper moment on Centre Court. Where is his yellow submarine wonders a member of the IBM team.1:02 PM Jun 22nd from web

Interesting fact of the day: Sharapova’s opponent Kutuzova is allergic to strawberries 2:14 PM Jun 22nd from web

Fed’s through the first round – 7-5 6-3 6-2. 2:55 PM Jun 22nd from web

“There’s 127 people that are going to go home from this tournament a loser.” James Blake tries to find a silver lining in his round 1 loss. 3:13 PM Jun 22nd from web

De Brito says she wasn’t asked by the AELTC not to grunt before 2day’s match and says “If the body needs to grunt more, it grunts”. 6:24 PM Jun 22nd from TweetDeck

The roof is closed

The Centre Court roof is closing! 4:42 PM Jun 29th from TweetDeck

Rain has stopped play on the outside courts, while the roof has now closed on Centre Court. Big cheers from the crowd.4:47 PM Jun 29th from TweetDeck

World No.1 Dinara Safina has beaten former champion Amelie Mauresmo in the first competitive match played under the Centre Court roof. 6:20 PM Jun 29th from TweetDeck

@eddieizzard & @noelfielding11 are sitting side by side on Centre Court watching Andy Murray and tweeting right now.7:53 PM Jun 29th from TweetDeck

Roddick says he’s looking forward to playing Hewitt in the quarter-finals. “we’re the old guys now and it’s always a lot of fun,” he says.8:26 PM Jun 29th from TweetDeck

Sustained pressure and Wawrinka breaks the Murray serve. The Swiss man leads 6-5 in the fourth set. We may be going the distance. 9:49 PM Jun 29th from TweetDeck

The BBC has moved Eastenders over to BBC2. Could there be a greater symbol of the importance of this match to the British public?10:17 PM Jun 29th from TweetDeck

Murray has match point. It actually looks like he said a little prayer there before serving.10:38 PM Jun 29th from TweetDeck

Murray is through in three hours 56 minutes. Falls to his knees. Judy hugs Murray’s g’friend Kim. The crowd goes off. Emotional.10:39 PM Jun 29th from TweetDeck

General Twitter obeservations

Just walked past Andy Murray on his way to practice. I had a doughnut in my hand. Why he’s world number three and I’m on Twitter.1:21 PM Jun 16th from web

Marat Safin and Roger Federer are re-enacting last year’s semi-final right now on Court 14. This time around there is a lot more joking.1:47 PM Jun 19th from web

http://twitpic.com/7w12l – Maria Sharapova playing American football outside Centre Court.11:03 AM Jun 20th from TwitPic

A Wimbledon Haiku: Easy on the Pimms/ Remember, beer before wine./ Avoid mixed doubles.12:10 PM Jun 24th from web

Andy Roddick admits to a press conference that he has Rick Astley on his iPod: “In my country you can be arrested for lying under oath”.5:54 PM Jun 25th from TweetDeck

If you’ve chosen Wimbledon over Glastonbury and need some music the Bryan Brothers’ band are playing in a Wimbledon pub 2nite.12:53 PM Jun 27th from web

RT @DavidBCohen: There are so many knights in the Wimbledon royal box that they might as well put in a round table…1:22 PM Jun 27th from TweetDeck

RT @centre_court: Azarenka goes “woo” every shot so if Serena went “hoo” you would have the start of Song 2 by Blur.4:20 PM Jun 30th from TweetDeck

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