The #Wimbledon Scoreboard Explained

Andrew Neale

Every year during the #Wimbledon fortnight, a post we wrote several years ago about ‘The Wimbledon Scoreboard‘ crops up again and again as one of the most popular daily reads because of all the search engine traffic it attracts.

Andy Murray in front of the BARCO Scoreboard

For all of those interested in the Centre Court Scoreboard here is a quick rundown…

  • In 2008 the original dot matrix scoreboards on Centre and Number One Courts were replaced by BARCO OLite 612 LED displays
  • These displays are not only used as the scoreboard (simulating the original dot matrix display if you like) but as a mechanism to relay to the crowd the Hawk-Eye replays, player profiles and a variety of statistics.
  • The BARCO OLite 612 LED display is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, with a 12mm pixel pitch, 6,000NIT light output and 15 bit processing
  • With an outdoor IP65 rating the OLite panels can be used in all weather conditions – err, usually useful given the English climate, Ed
  • The displays were installed by Creative Technology, a company founded in London in 1986 and one of the leading suppliers of LED display technology to international sporting events
  • In 2008, The Championships featured a total of 10 displays using BARCO technology (though that number may have increased by now)

4 Responses to “The #Wimbledon Scoreboard Explained”

  1. Neal Says:

    On the new scoreboard on the previous sets screen, when there has been a tie break, a number in white appears between the 7-6 scoreline.

    This has varied each time I have seen it from 3 through to 10. Does anyone know what this signifies?

  2. Toby Says:

    It’s the number of points the loser of the tie-break won. By doing it this way you can work out the score in the tie-break e.g. 0 to 5, the winner got 7 points, 6 or more, the winner got that plus 2 more points.

    Incidentally, the screens also work very well in “real life” although the ones they have dotted around the grounds telling you who is playing on what court and the current score are rubbish – the information isn’t on display long enough to take in the info presented to you and then make a decision on what court to go to – the old wooden boards were much better as you could see who was playing on every court in one go. Obviously the downside of the wooden displays was no live scores.

  3. Bruno Says:

    What is the 10.59 and 3.11 on top ?

  4. Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief Says:

    10:59 is / was the time (should have been in 24 hours – correct time was 22:59) and 3.11 is the time spent on court in the match so far.

    See also http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/18659208

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