Wimbledon 2020: dates and schedule of classic tennis content on the BBC - from Andy Murray Greatest Hits weekend to historic finals
Monday 29 June would have marked the start of Wimbledon 2020, if not for the Covid-19 pandemic putting a temporary but unprecedented end to mass gatherings, international travel and sporting events.
With the annual festival of tennis off until at least 2021, fans of the sport will be looking to get their fix of Wimbledon’s iconic grass court action.
Luckily, the BBC – as they did in light of football’s cancellation and the furloughing of Glastonbury – have put together an extensive reminiscipackage of archive content from classic tournaments past, which should keep fans entertained as lockdown rolls on.
BBC Sport has curated over 50 hours of tennis-based programming across the two weeks The Championships would have been running, so the Wimbledon-shaped hole in your life should be filled rather snugly.
Various programmes will be available to watch across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website, and mobile app from 29 June.
Repeats of memorable matches from history, an Andy Murray Greatest Hits weekend and a countdown of best finals lead the highlights.
Here’s everything you need to know:
Wimbledon: The Best of the Championships – a one-hour show every weeknight on BBC Two from 8pm – will see Sue Barker joined by in the studio by Tim Henman and Boris Becker to look back on some of the highlights through the years.
Former champions John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova will join them via video link, and the team will talk to current players affected by the lack of competitive tennis due to coronavirus pandemic.
If it’s full matches you’re after, the three-hour Wimbledon Rewind should keep you satiated, kicking off on BBC Two at 1.45pm every weekday with Clare Balding revisiting classic finals.
Matches like the 1992 showpiece between Goran Ivanisevic and Andre Agassi, and the Ann Jones-Billie Jean King final from 1969 will be broadcast on Wednesday 1 July and Tuesday 7 July respectively.
On the weekend of 4-5 July, Britain's three-time Grand Slam singles champion Andy Murray gets an in depth career retrospective, while the weekend of 11-12 will feature a countdown of the best women's and men's Wimbledon finals.
On 12 July, special documentary One Day will take a look back at last year’s incredible Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic – who’s recently been embroiled in his own tennis-related issues – and Roger Federer, which played out at the exact same time as England's dramatic cricket World Cup triumph.
Viewers can also get involved with votes and quizzes on the BBC Sport website, and budding tennis superstars will even be invited to send in their attempts at trick shots for review by the pros.
For more information on this year’s Wimbledon coverage, head to the BBC Sport website
What else is happening?
The BBC’s extensive nostalgia bundle isn’t the only way for fans to still enjoy the Wimbledon spirit.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), which stages The Championship, is holding ‘Wimbledon Recreated’ - a campaign designed to celebrate the fortnight in the absence of this year’s competition.
The centrepiece of the campaign will be The Greatest Championships, a re-telling of some of The Championship’s greatest matches made available across TV, digital and social media.
Fans are able to recreate Wimbledon in their own way at home too, be it Simona Halep’s walk onto Centre Court, Novak Djokovic’s taste for grass or Serena Williams’ serve, combined with narration by commentator Andrew Cotter, on wimbledon.com.