- Author Becky Roberts
- Published June 23, 2014
Top 5 tennis apps for Wimbledon
What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision’s Becky Roberts is celebrating the start of Wimbledon with a glass or three of Pimm’s. And these five tennis apps for Android…
With England out of the World Cup (already) and Wimbledon starting today, heads are now turning to Andy Murray to revive the British sporting spirit this summer. So whether you’re heading down to the tournament or cheering him on from your office desk, we’re serving up the top five tennis apps for your Android device.
(You can click the headings or images to download the apps from the Google Play store.)
The Championships, Wimbledon (£free)
It might only be handy for just two weeks of the tennis season, but the official Wimbledon app is the go-to guide for one of the best fortnights on the tour.
News, live scores, results and Wimbledon radio (including commentary from Centre Court and Court One) give you the best of the action. There are also behind-the-scenes interviews, player bios and a link to the official online shop so you can purchase those Wimbledon-printed martini glasses you’ve always wanted.
If you’re jammy enough to visit the grounds, the app’s Visitor Guide is full of essential information, like prohibited items – so when you pack your picnic and Pimms, you can check you don’t have any contraband klaxons or ‘oversized’ flags.
The app is super-quick to use, and can be personalized – so you can handpick alerts and track your favourite players.
Best bit? The ‘Quiet Please’ text that pops up on the loading page. It’s the small things…
Tennis Livescore (£free)
This app shows you tennis scores as they happen – from every recognized professional tournament worldwide, all year round. As a seamless and straightforward score-checker, it’s ace.
But that’s not all. A home dashboard shows upcoming matches, an annual event calendar and, most impressively, match stats and text commentary on live matches that you can ping over to your mates via email, Facebook and Twitter. It also tracks the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) player rankings, and prioritizes selected ‘favourite player’ preferences.
If you get on with Livescore’s Basketball, Hockey or Football app versions, this one won’t disappoint.
Stick Tennis (£free; in-app purchases)
If watching Wimbledon on TV is giving you itchy feet, you could head down to your local courts… or get your fix by downloading one of the best tennis games on the Android market. Stick Tennis lets you take on the greats (or your mates) in just a few finger swipes – it’s never been so easy to score a crosscourt winner.
The graphics are slick, the gameplay is responsive, and the horizontal interface looks awesome on a big screen like the LG G2’s 5.2in Full HD display.
If you have the patience for a few ads, this is a must-have. To take ads out of the game completely, simply buy any racquet form the pro store: they range from £0.70 to a wallet-frightening £20.99 (for which, surely, you’d be able to buy a real one).
Tennis Math (£free)
‘Math’ might not be the most eye-catching word when you’re browsing the Play Store for a fun app, but this lets you get geeky about the game – and it’s entertaining, too.
Watching tennis live (or kitting up yourself) and want to create your own stats? Tennis Math is easy to use and lets you create detailed reports by not only recording which player wins each point, but also tracing which shot was used.
You can choose the depth of data to record: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced or Freak (‘for Superman only!’, apparently). This last lets you record whether the shot was ground stroke or volley, top spin or slice, passing shot or net roller. Thorough.
TennisTV (£free; subscription applies)
This is the official video streaming app for ATP and WTA (Women’s Tennis Association), and lets you watch 2,000 matches from 100 annual tournaments live on your Android device – at a subscription cost of £7 per day, £15 per month or £90 per year.
The app is free to download, though, and videos showing hot shots, interviews and highlights are worthy freebies that you don’t even need to sign up for. What’s more, you can set notifications for when videos featuring your favourite players are added.
… and that’s game, set and match! Any of these five favourite apps can be downloaded from Android’s Play Store and enjoyed on the LG G2 smartphone or LG G Pad tablet.
Becky Roberts is staff writer on What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine.
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