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Smashing Ways to Enjoy the Wimbledon Finals

This weekend sees the Men’s and Women’s Wimbledon Finals take place with Andy Murray still in the running as we type to make it to the ultimate match.

The
hallowed turf of Centre Court will see Maria Sharapova take on Petra Kvitova on Saturday while Sunday will see the blokes go head-to-head – two from Murray, Rafa Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic.

This year marks a massive first for Wimbledon, with the final screened in 3D. But there’s plenty of other ways to tune into the action from Smart TVs, apps and DAB radios. Plus, there are plenty of gadgets available to help you enjoy the tennis.

So just in time for the games, here is my ace guide to enjoying the finals.

Smart TV and 3D TV

The traditional way to catch
Wimbledon is, of course, with all your family and friends huddled around the telly.
Now imagine if that telly offered the latest in high-definition quality and was at
the cutting edge of technology.

Internet-enabled Smart TVs are what everyone
should be buying when it is time to upgrade your current box – and what better
excuse to do so than for a Wimbledon final. The growing number of different models
from different brands also means there’s a Smart TV to suit all budgets, with
prices ranging from a few hundred pounds right up to £5,000.

Many of the more expensive Smart
TVs now come with 3D capabilities built-in, which is perfect timing given that
the BBC are broadcasting the Finals in 3D for the first time ever via the BBC
HD channel. Just watch out for those flying balls coming towards the sofa.

For more on Smart TV click here for our guide.

My personal picks for a full 3D
experience are the Samsung UE40D7000 and the Sony KDL40NX713U.

DAB Radio

It’s not just TVs that have got
better in recent years; DAB radios mean you can enjoy every grunt, groan and
bounce of the ball at the Wimbledon finals in crystal clear sound. And while
heavy rain or bad weather may well ruin the tennis, you can be sure your radio
will never cut out again.

For more on DAB Radio click here for our guide.

My personal pick is the Pure
Avanti Flow
.

Nintendo Wii and Mario Power Tennis

OK, so Mario isn’t quite Andy
Murray. However when it comes to having some fun, and a good workout to boot,
this Wii game is the best you can get without stepping foot on an actual court.
Given a 77% rating by GamesMaster Magazine, you can play as the legendary
plumber or any of his friends/enemies such as Princess Peach and Diddy Kong.

To
keep with the theme I suggest you choose the ‘Wimbledon uncommon’ option, which
swaps the All England Club for matches on gunge-filled lawns and inside haunted
houses. Well, what did you expect…

You can find out more about the Nintendo Wii here.

To buy Mario Tennis, click here.

Wimbledon.com

If, like me, you’re a bit of a
statto then what better way to build up for the weekend then gathering every
piece of info possible on the four finalists. The first port of call should be
the official Wimbledon website, which features tons of statistics and profiles
alongside some stunning pictures and videos. The BBC, which has the official
licence to broadcast the event, has a pretty statistic-heavy site too.

iPlayer

The BBC owning the rights has another bonus. Every
match is available on the iPlayer – either live or to watch again later. So
whether you’re catching up on the previous seven days of action, or need to
watch the finals somewhere you can’t get access to a TV, the iPlayer should be
your first port of call. Especially now there’s an app for it for the iPad and for Android mobile phones.

Strawberries
and Cream

Well, it wouldn’t be Wimbledon without them.
Available in all good supermarkets while stocks last.


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