Tennis fans are treated all year round to a host of championships, grand slams, and exciting tournaments to keep them teetering at the edge of their umpire's seats: there's the US Open in August, the Australian Open in January, and then the French Open in May.
But this month sees the turn of the big daddy of them all; a quintessentially British reception for a quintessentially British sport (yep, the modern 'lawn game' originated in Birmingham in the late 19th Century). Wimbledon is the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, the most beloved of all the grand slams, and the one that everyone looks forward to. From the end of June to mid July, all eyes are on southwest London as the likes of Andy Murray, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic head to town, the Royals take their boxes, and we all hope there won't be too much rain interrupting play.
Whether you're lucky enough to have a seat on center court, you're pitched up on Henman Hill with a bowl of strawberries and cream in one hand and a Pimm's in the other, or you're supporting from your sofa at home, this really is the most exciting event in the tennis diary.
To get you in the mood, we're serving up these 6 smashing iPhone apps: you'll "Love-All" of them.
Tap In To The Action: The Championships, Wimbledon
The official The Championships, Wimbledon app is packed with everything you need to stay abreast of tennis' hottest tournament. Sleek, swipable, and highly customizable, it includes all the orders of play, news, results, player profiles, and audio and video highlights, as well as a live blog, a live Wimbledon radio feed, and fully stocked visitor's guide - if you're lucky enough to get tickets.
If you're a real tennis fan prepping for Wimbledon, you should already have the official the official ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) and WTA (Women's Tennis Association) app. Packed with stats, world rankings, and tournament news from courts across the world, it's a great little tool for tracking player progress across the year, and maybe even predicting this year's Wimbledon champion.
The BBC Sport app is one of the best all-rounders for sporting events in the UK and around the world, and its coverage of Wimbledon is second to none (the BBC broadcasts all the matches on digital TV). With this functional app from "the Beeb," you can add cool notifications widgets to your home screen (so you don't miss any of the action), get audio and video replays, match analysis, and all the latest court-side gossip.
The Fitivity series features over 200 apps, providing you with a great training program to help you excel at your favorite sport. Fitivity Tennis Training features instructional coaching using video and animated demonstrations to help you master the fundamentals of net play, volleying, topspin strokes, lobs, baseline, cross-court strategy, and approach shots. This app has everything for amateurs and pros alike.
Simulate The Day's Play: Virtual Tennis™ Challenge
Real, die-hard tennis fans like you eat tennis, sleep tennis, and of course, play tennis on their mobiles. And what better way to smash a couple of aces than with a SEGA classic? The internationally acclaimed arcade favorite Virtual Tennis™ Challenge looks just as good on your phone, with awesome graphics, smooth performance, and realistic player effects.
With its cutesy graphics and surprisingly awesome gameplay, Stick Tennis is still one of the best tennis games you'll find out there. Play against champs like Federer and Williams in four different levels, or just lob around the ball in a casual game. Earn trophies through the daily challenges, compete against your friends and earn bragging rights, and unlock 10 realistic court surfaces and more than 70 players.