Wimbledon 2020 canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic for the first time since World war II. It has really been sad news for tennis players and fans all around the globe. However, the Championships 2020 will be a virtual format, a digital recreation of the oldest tennis tournament.
Since the cancellation of the 2020 edition of the Wimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club(AELTC) has been working IBM corporation to give tennis fans a Wimbledon experience from the original start date of the tournament(29th June).
It’s named The Greatest Championships. It will be a collection of best matches that play out in the history of the championship. Moreover, It will be released round-by-round as same as a normal tournament.
“It’s not going to be a substitute for the real thing but it’s going to be our way of providing something for our fans and recreating Wimbledon in the best way we can,” said Alex Willis, Head of Communications, Content & Digital at AELTC.
“We didn’t want to just play out classic matches in a kind of Wimbledon rain-delay style. We wanted to actually put together something that would be more immersive and more useful for fans,” Willis added.
“There’s No Substitute For Watching Something Live”- Alex Willis On Wimbledon 2020
We know there’s no replacement for exciting live stream tennis matches. At the same time, we need to know about the enjoyment of tennis matches through new technology when it is not available in real.
“It was a great opportunity for us to test great new technology, and it was important we didn’t lose the opportunity to learn something from,” said Willis.
“There’s no substitute for watching something live when you don’t know the outcome. But we’re fascinated to see how willing fans are to come back and engage with content.”
The matches will be available to watch in full, searchable by point and excitement, alongside statistics, photo galleries, and features. Although, matches will also be live-streamed across Wimbledon’s social media platforms from 29th June onwards.