The smell of the freshly cut lawns. The sight of the smartly pressed whites. The grunts of the finely tuned players. The taste of the cream-soaked strawberries. And the cheers of the slightly-sozzled crowd on Henman Hill. It can only be Wimbledon 2018 – probably the world's most famous tennis tournament. And using our guide, we'll make sure you can live stream all the best second-week Wimbledon tennis action for free and no matter where in the world you are.
Of the gents, last year's winner and possibly the greatest of all time Roger Federer went out at the quarter-final stage. That means the man who beat him - South African Kevin Anderson - will now fancy his chances of a first Grand Slam. A rejuvenated Rafa Nadal is the world number one and took home yet another French Open title a month ago. Three-time champ Novak Djokovic is back, and looks to be firing on all cylinders.
The ladies' singles seems more and more like a lottery every year, with four different winners in the last five years. Reigning champ Garbiñe Muguruza, second seed Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova have already bitten the dust - along with all of the top ten seeds- so Serena Williams will remain the woman to beat. She's seeded 25th but is many experts' favourite as ever.
The action kicked off on July 2, with a fortnight of top tennis to enjoy from Wimbledon until the finals weekend on July 14 and 15. So keep reading as we tell you how to watch a Wimbledon live stream absolutely free from wherever you are in the world.
Live stream Wimbledon for free in the UK
As it does every year, the BBC is going tennis-crazy for the next fortnight. Until July 15 you can catch up with pretty much every match of the tournament live across BBC on the TV, radio and the BBC Sport website with further coverage on BBC iPlayer, Red Button, connected TVs and the iPlayer mobile app. Online is the place to pick and choose the court you want to see action from, with up to 18 in total covered at any one time.
Play generally starts at 11.30am BST every morning and goes on to around 7pm.
The BBC isn't the only place you can watch, however. Wimbledon.com (and its YouTube channel and app) will be showing some of the tennis from the show courts globally absolutely free. But judging from what we've seen so far, it won't be showing full coverage of any of the big matches.
How to watch Wimbledon for free from anywhere else in the world
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If the country where you live either isn't showing Wimbledon, is making you pay or you find it's region blocked on the Wimbledon.com or YouTube options as mentioned above, then there's a very simple way to get hold of the UK free live stream. The trick is to download and install a VPN, which then allows you to change your IP address so you appear to be in a completely different location. We've tested hundreds of VPNs and can recommend Express VPN as the best option currently available:
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Once it's been downloaded and installed, open the app and select a UK server location (it's super easy) and then head over to TVPlayer.com to pick up the live stream.
Where else is live streaming Wimbledon?
As one of the world's major tennis tournaments, lots of countries show tennis from Wimbledon – just not necessarily for free or with the massive coverage that the BBC delivers in the UK.
But if you are already subscribed to certain paid-for services and cable options elsewhere, we can tell you who else is broadcasting the tennis in your corner of the world. And don't forget the Wimbledon.com live stream as well.
Watch Wimbledon in the US
Watch Wimbledon in Canada
It's TSN in Canada if you want the local coverage of Wimbledon. That means you'll need cable to watch, or go for a free live stream VPN option as explained up the page.
Watch Wimbledon in Australia
Could this be the year that Nick Kyrgios finally comes of age. The way to watch in Australia is via Fox on cable or free-to-air Channel 7 (or via the UK coverage using a VPN, of course).
Watch Wimbledon in New Zealand
It's better news in New Zealand, as state free-to-air broadcaster TVNZ has the rights to show Wimbledon in all its glory. That also brings the station's on demand and mobile apps in to play to watch Wimbledon.
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