Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

GoPro, Periscope and Twitter. It's Wimbledon 2016

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

GoPro, Periscope and Twitter. It's Wimbledon 2016

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Byline: Richard Parry

TENNIS fans will be the given chance to take up a racquet and challenge champions past and present at Wimbledon this summer.

Inside the new Queue Cabin at the All England Club is a green screen, in front of which waiting visitors will be handed a racquet and invited to strike their best action poses. These will be stitched together with key moments from the archives into a six-second clip of the fan besting champions such as Roger Federer, John McEnroe and Andy Murray, which will be available to tweet.

Organisers are determined to outdo last year's output on social media. Some 15 million tweets were inspired by the tournament, with three million sent on the last day alone. Novak Djokovic's triumph over Federer in the men's final led to a staggering 23,000 per minute.

The 2016 championships, which start on Monday, see the return of the Wimbledon emojis introduced by Twitter last year. When hashtags such as #Wimbledon and #TheHill are used, for example, icons of tennis balls and Murray Mount formerly Henman Hill will appear. …

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