In this guide you’ll learn how you can watch Wimbledon in any country without needing a cable subscription.
The beginning of July is also the beginning of the Wimbledon Tournament, the third grand slam of the year. For almost two weeks, the Tennis world will be celebrating one of its significant events.
While the official draw took place on Friday, June 28th, and it wasn’t televised at all, you can watch the rest of the main championship on the BBC, but that’s if you live in the UK.
If you live in the rest of the world, keep reading this guide, and I’ll let you know how you can enjoy these two weeks of tennis madness.
When is Wimbledon taking place?
Wimbledon is taking place between July 1st (Monday) and July 14th (Sunday).
The qualifying competition took place between June 24th (Monday) and June 27th (Thursday).
There are some important dates you’ll want to look out for, but more on that later.
Where can I watch Wimbledon?
The BBC is going to broadcast the whole championship for the UK, and also it will be available on the BBC iPlayer streaming service.
If you live outside the UK, you won’t be able to watch it directly because you’ll be blocked. That is unless you get a VPN service like ExpressVPN.
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With a VPN you can unblock the geo-restriction and watch Wimbledon 2019 live as if you were in the UK.
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How to watch Wimbledon
Following these simple steps, you’ll be able to configure the VPN service you have chosen and watch all the Wimbledon matches without any issue.
Create an account with the service you choose, for example, ExpressVPN. You’ll need to sign up for 1-month minimum, but it’s much cheaper to take a 12-month package which is excellent for watching other sports throughout the year.
Time to get the app according to your device. On the VPN website, you’ll find them under the ‘products‘ section. There, all the apps version for different devices and OS are available.
If you’re using an Android or Apple iOS phone or tablet, you can directly search for the VPN app name in your App Store.
With the app already installed, you need to log in with your account, the one you created in step 1.
Now, to access to the BBC without any blocking, you should press the ‘…‘ next to Selected Location and then choose ‘United Kingdom‘. Finally, press ‘Connect‘.
All you need to do now is visit the BBC iPlayer or use their app to live stream Wimbledon.
You’ll be connected to the internet as if you were living in the UK, and you can enjoy all the Wimbledon tournament without paying any cable subscription.
Important Wimbledon dates
If you’re looking for important dates then these are the ones for your diary:
Women’s singles quarter-finals are going to be on July 9th (Tuesday), and Men’s singles quarter-finals are going to be the next day, on July 10th (Wednesday).
Women’s singles semi-finals are going to take place on July 11th (Thursday), and Men’s singles semi-finals on July 12th (Friday).
The finals for women are going to be on July 13th (Saturday), and men’s finals on July 14th (Sunday).
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Who’s taking part this year?
Even though the spotlight is on Serena Williams and Andy Murray – we’ll talk about him later – there are some star rising players to pay attention to along with the already known stars.
Among the promising young men participating this year, keep an eye for Félix Auger-Aliassime (18) from Canada and Matteo Berrettini (23) from Italy.
In the women’s category, Daniil Medvedev (23) from Russia and Kiki Bertens (27) from the Netherlands.
Regarding the big names in the men single category, we’ll see the comeback of the powerful trio of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, with Djokovic as the defending champion this year.
An for the women singles, Angelique Kerber, became the current defending champion when she defeated Serena Williams for two sets. Williams is coming back as well along with Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka.
There’s also plenty of other tennis players taking part.
Who will win Wimbledon 2019?
Novak Djokovic from Serbia and Angelique Kerber from Germany are the defending champions for men’s singles and women’s singles respectively.
Djokovic is a four-time winner at Wimbledon, and he remains as one of the favourites to keep the title this year. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal follow him in the expectations with Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev behind.
Ashleigh Barty became the favourite for the women’s singles title this year after winning her first grand slam at the French Open.
She’s ahead of the betting odds, surpassing Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber.
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Where is Wimbledon played?
Since its creation in 1877, the Wimbledon tennis tournament has been played at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Church Road, in Wimbledon, London.
Centre Court, the world’s most famous tennis court, is only used during the two weeks Wimbledon tournament takes place. It has a capacity of 14,979 seats, and it’s where you’ll find all the famous people in the audience.
Although Centre Court isn’t the only one, there are some 18 courts in total.
Will Andy Murray retire in 2019?
2019 has been a tough year for Andy Murray after the Australian Open in January where he lost in the first round due to a hip injury.
He said that probably the Grand Slam tournament would be the final event of his career.
In March, and after hip surgery, he declared to be pain-free, but he wouldn’t play at Wimbledon.
After winning a men’s doubles match along with Feliciano Lopez at the Queen’s Club Championship, it seems a new door has opened to him.
It’s still too early to predict something regarding his future career. For now, the doubles seems to be safe for him, and expecting Murray playing singles again is unlikely in the near future.
A reminder of what you need
The 133rd edition of Wimbledon is about to start on July 1st. The BBC is going to show the matches on TV and the BBC iPlayer streaming service in the UK.
But, if you live outside the UK, you’ll need a VPN service like ExpressVPN to be able to watch the matches without paying expensive cable subscriptions.
By creating an account and subscribing to ExpressVPN, you can solve the geo-blocking restriction, and enjoy Wimbledon tournament as if you were in the UK.
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