Wimbledon on the web

Type ‘Wimbledon’ into Google and you get 19,500,000 hits, that’s a lot mentions. Now, I’m not saying I have read every page that mentions Wimbledon, but over the course of my job I have read a few. So here are some of my favourite Wimbledon articles on the web.

  • Tom Lamont wrote an interesting article looking at Roger Federer’s uneasy relationship with Hawk-Eye. “Figures released to OSM by the ATP show that since its inception, Feds has made more challenges than any other player on the men’s tour, referring to the computer over 100 times more than his great rival Rafael Nadal.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/jul/26/roger-federer-hawk-eye-wimbledon-tennis
  • Sports Illustrated columnist L. Jon Wertheim wrote Strokes of Genius about the 2008 final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, before this year’s tournament he gave a revealing interview to Time about what he discovered, including that Federer eats chocolate bars before each match. http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1906168,00.html
  • Wertheim again, but back in his nine-to-five job as tennis writer, gave his review of the 2009 Championship including this observation: “Buy your Sabine Lisicki stock now. Not the prettiest game — Justine Henin, we miss you more with each passing day — but she might own the biggest serve in the game.
  • For Federer fans, David Foster Wallace wrote what is regarded as one of the finest profiles of the Swiss for the New York Times here. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/20/sports/playmagazine/20federer.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all
  • The New Scientist explains the theory behind ‘new balls’ with this bit of research: “The aerodynamics of tennis balls has always been a bit of a mystery, so engineers at the University of Sheffield tested them in a wind tunnel, in conditions that mimic a typical match. They found that once a ball has been bashed about, it starts to lose its fluffy coat. With less drag it flies faster, giving the player on the receiving end less time to return a shot. Worn balls also generate less lift as they spin, making it harder for players to use spin to their advantage. So fresh balls do make sense. The researchers found that you can use a ball for about 18 games before it begins to misbehave – twice as long as Wimbledon’s cautious limit.” http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19025577.200-sixth-form-special-science-gives-sport-a-helping-hand.html
  • Sometimes you don’t want to read, you just want to look at pretty pictures, so here’s a gallery of celebrities who attended Wimbledon 2009. http://www.popsugar.co.uk/3431304

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