BBC TV Wimbledon coverage 2007 –
Navratilova and Rusedski join team
Record, nine-time Wimbledon Women's champion Martina Navratilova and
former World no.4 and US Open finalist Greg Rusedski are the latest
recruits to the BBC's television commentary team for this year's
Navratilova and Rusedski join viewers favourite
John McEnroe who returns this year, alongside fellow Wimbledon champions,
three-time victor Boris Becker and two-time winner Jimmy Connors, who
will be combining his TV work with coaching Andy Roddick.
Also back this year is Virginia Wade, celebrating the 30th anniversary of
her win over Betty Stove in the 1977 Wimbledon Women's Singles Final
during the Queen's Silver Jubilee.
Tracy Austin also returns for a fifth year behind the microphone. A
winner of the mixed-doubles title at Wimbledon with her brother John in
1980, Tracy also won the US Open twice, in 1979 and 1981.
With live and exclusive coverage beginning Monday 25 June on BBC One and BBC Two, BBC Radio Five Live, interactive through BBCi, and bbc.co.uk/sport, you can follow all the action from SW19 wherever you are.
Once again, Sue Barker will present the BBC's live coverage from the All
England Club, with John Inverdale fronting the nightly highlights
programme, Today At Wimbledon.
Britain's Davis Cup captain John Lloyd also returns and joins the
regular team of Andrew Castle, Annabel Croft, Pat Cash, Peter Fleming,
Michael Stich, Mark Cox, Sam Smith and Liz Smylie – all adding their
expertise to the BBC's coverage.
David Mercer, Barry Davies, Simon Reed and Chris Bradnam will also be
back in action in the commentary box and will be joined by Andy Murray's
former coach, Mark Petchey.
Adding colour and atmosphere as roving reporters will be Hazel Irvine,
Garry Richardson, Phil Jones and Rishi Persad.
The BBC will again be using the unique ball tracking system, Hawk-Eye.
Jason Goodall will be giving viewers an in-depth analysis of the
intricacies of a players' game and highlighting patterns of play.
In addition to this the umpires on Centre and No.1 Courts will, for the
first time, use Hawk-Eye as an official umpiring tool to assist with
contentious line call decisions and illustrate whether or not a ball was
in or out.
Players will receive three unsuccessful appeals per set plus
an additional one during a tie-break.
Wimbledon will be broadcast in High Definition (HD) for the entire two
weeks of the tournament. There will be 12 hours of coverage per day with
the best in live play and highlights from Centre and No.1 Courts from
12.55pm to 1.00am.
HD coverage will be available on the trial BBC HD Channel to digital satellite and cable viewers who have HD set-top boxes and televisions.
BBC Radio Five Live will bring listeners all the action live from
Wimbledon with Simon Mayo and Clare Balding presenting coverage daily.
The highly successful interactive TV service will be once again offering
digital viewers a whole host of extra features.
In addition to
terrestrial coverage, satellite and cable viewers have the chance to
choose live action from up to five courts of play, and Freeview viewers
have access to a choice of up to four courts, plus all the latest news, scores and
The service will also include text pages offering news, live
scores and results.
The interactive TV service will also replay Today At
Wimbledon throughout the night and early morning for viewers to catch up
on the day's play.
If you are stuck in the office, bbc.co.uk/wimbledon will ensure you don't
miss a shot during the Championships with live streaming of BBC TV
coverage from BBC One and BBC Two and all the show courts available
through interactive, plus a daily highlights package, fully updated
scores and a results and news service.