Wednesday, 22nd June 2005 by

This is Wimbledon, or rather the 'All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club' in London, where 'The Championships' are currently underway. Play started yesterday and is set to continue for the next two weeks (although sometimes the tournament runs longer if it rains a lot, which isn't uncommon in these parts...)

Wimbledon is the oldest and most prestigious event in the sport of tennis, and is the third Grand Slam tournament played each year, after the Australian and French Opens, and before the US Open. The tournament is the only one of the Grand Slam events to be played on grass (although in these images the grass is currently covered for protection from the elements).

Our first thumbnail is of the Number One court. Although the angle makes it look oval, it is in fact round. Incidentally, some of you have commented on the increased distortion visible in the imagery of the non U.S. locations; this seems to be because these are true satellite images, and not aerial photography. Thumbnail #2 is of Centre Court where the finals will be played.

There's lots more about Wimbledon at Wikipedia, and the official site has a good tour of the grounds.

I wonder when Tim Henman will get knocked out this year? šŸ˜‰

Wimbledon centrecourt

Thanks to neil, Nicholas Moline, Seph, Devin Crowe, Adam S and probably loads of others by now!