When Is Wimbledon 2012? How, When And Where to Watch The Famed Tennis Tournament

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on June 20 2012 3:19 PM

After the excitement and record-breaking storyline that emerged from the 2012 French Open, attention will shift from the red clay to the grass courts of Wimbledon.

Tennis's grandest stage, Wimbledon, is sure to provide more unforgettable moments.

The 126th Wimbledon Championships will begin on Monday, June 25, and run through Sunday, July 8, when the Gentlemen's Final takes place on Centre Court.

The gentlemen's singles and ladies' singles draw will be announced on Friday after the qualifying events finish on Thursday.

Beginning this year, ESPN will exclusively televise live tennis to the U.S. for the entire Wimbledon Championships.

Fans can catch live action of Wimbledon across its networks, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ABC, beginning Monday, with daylong telecasts through to the Ladies' and Gentlemen's Finals.

Additionally, during the first three days of week two, ESPN and ESPN2 will air simultaneous matches from Wimbledon, allowing U.S. fans to catch multiple matches.

For online viewing, 800 hours of the event will be streamed on ESPN3, which will again offer multi-screen offering of all televised courts. All the action on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available through WatchESPN online at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and iPad tablets via the WatchESPN app.

The Tennis Channel will offer a nightly recap with highlights and news of the day.

In Britain, the BBC will provide daily television coverage on BBC One, BBC One HD, BBC Two and the BBC HD Channel. For the first time in Britain, fans can also view the action on the go via their mobile phones and tablets using the website.

Other means to catch action from the All England Club includes Live @ Wimbledon, the new video and audio channel. Broadcasting will commence Monday.

Live @ Wimbledon Video will bring live coverage of crucial moments from each of the most important matches and is available to users only in the UK and the Americas, excluding Brazil.

Live @ Wimbledon Radio, available worldwide, will provide point by point coverage of everything that happens on Centre Court and No.1 Court to listeners around the world.

Seeds were announced Wednesday for the Wimbledon Championships. Top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic leads the men's list, while Maria Sharapova, the 2012 French Open Champion leads the women's -- both for the first time.

Following Djokovic is two-time winner Rafael Nadal, six-time winner Roger Federer and home favorite, Andy Murray. The rest of the top 10 is finished off by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer, Janko Tipsarevic, Juan Martin del Potro and Mardy Fish.

Sharapova was runner-up last year to Petra Kvitova, who is the fourth seed this year. Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka is seeded No. 2 and Agnieszka Radwanska No. 3.

Other 2011 champions include Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik (ladies' doubles), Bob and Mike Bryan (gentlemen's doubles), and Iveta Benesova and Jurgen Melzer (mixed doubles).

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