Wimbledon 2018 live on the BBC: TV Guide


The magic of Wimbledon returns to our screens from 2-15 July and BBC Sport will be there to serve all of the court action across television, radio and online platforms.

Tennis fans can watch the best of the action across BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Red Button throughout the entire fortnight, alongside extensive online coverage with 18 available courts to choose from through Connected TVs, BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website and app.

For the first time this year, fans can watch all Centre Court matches in stunning Ultra HD on BBC iPlayer as part of a BBC trial, bringing this prestigious tournament to life like never before.

Sue Barker will be at the helm once again presenting BBC Sport’s Wimbledon TV coverage from the All England Tennis Club, starting at 11am on Monday, 2 July, with the live action running through until 8.30pm each day – Click here for full TV listings.

She will be joined by the familiar impressive list of tennis legends, including John McEnroe, Tim Henman, Martina Navratilova, Boris Becker and Billie Jean King, and Grand Slam winners Tracy Austin, Pat Cash and Kim Clijsters.

Andrew Castle leads the BBC’s match commentary team alongside Andrew Cotter, John Inverdale, Chris Bradnam, Nick Mullins, Mark Petchey, Matt Chilton, David Mercer, Simon Reed, Ronald McIntosh, Gigi Salmon, Katherine Downes, Dan Lobb, James Burridge and the legendary Barry Davies, who will be commentating on his final Wimbledon for the BBC this year, a feat which will be honoured with a special documentary to be broadcast on BBC One on Wednesday, 4 July.

Other commentators on the BBC team include Vijay Amritraj, Annabel Croft, Jo Durie, Peter Fleming, Paul Hand, John Lloyd, Peter Odgers, Louise Pleming, Chanda Rubin, Sam Smith, Liz Smylie and Mel South, while Lee McKenzie, Rishi Persad, Reshmin Chowdhury, Patrick Gearey and Catherine Whitaker will provide all the latest reports, features and interviews from around The Championships throughout the fortnight.

Today At Wimbledon, presented by Clare Balding, comes live from the open air studio by The Hill every night on BBC Two at 8.30pm, guiding viewers through the best of the day’s action with special guests on hand to dissect the major talking points as the tournament unfolds.

Alongside comprehensive TV coverage, BBC Sport’s digital service will keep audiences up to date with all the action and news at BBC Sport online and on the BBC Sport app, while the social media channels will offer access behind the scenes and bring fans closer to some familiar faces.

Up to 16 HD video streams will be available on BBC Sport Online via Connected TV or Mobile and BBC iPlayer, or by pressing the red button. All broadcast programmes will be available for 30 days.

Along with Red Button 1, five curated Red Button streams will also be available on Sky, Freesat, Freeview and Virgin Media, with Red Button 1 in HD on Sky, Freesat and Virgin Media. The live action will include the main draw, plus wheelchair tennis and the boys and girls competitions.

The BBC is extending its Ultra HD trial to cover Wimbledon for the first time. It is part of the BBC’s work preparing for a future where major live events can be streamed freely over the internet in such high quality on BBC iPlayer.

Ultra HD trial coverage on BBC iPlayer includes every match from Centre Court throughout the tournament. It will be delivered freely over the internet to audiences with a compatible TV and a high speed internet connection. Those watching in Ultra HD on BBC iPlayer can watch the tournament like never before, as the stream also includes  a wider range of colours and HDR.

There are a limited number of spaces for each match in this trial, with the live stream available to tens of thousands of people on a first-come, first-served basis. The Ultra HD stream will be clearly labelled on the BBC iPlayer home screen as soon as programme coverage begins.

Viewers will need a connection of at least 40Mbit/s for the full 3840 pixel Ultra HD or 20Mbit/s for 2560 pixel Ultra HD. Footage will be played at 50 frames per second. Given the variability of Wi-Fi connections, audiences may find a more consistent Ultra HD experience with a wired internet connection to the TV. Full list of all UHD compatible devices can be found here.

BBC Radio 5 live will also broadcast live every day throughout The Championships, bringing colour to listeners daily from midday, presented by Eleanor Oldroyd and Tony Livesey, with Russell Fuller, BBC Sport’s tennis correspondent, leading the commentary team, while legendary former Wimbledon champion John McEnroe once again hosts ‘6-love-6’ for a lively take on the tournament so far.

The BBC will have every angle covered from Wimbledon 2018 across TV, radio and online from 2-15 July. For live streaming, latest news and live scores, visit the BBC Sport website – bbc.co.uk/tennis – or stay up to date with all the latest from SW19 and go behind the scenes via BBC Sport’s social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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