Google celebrates 140th anniversary of Wimbledon tournament with Doodle

By Wade Sheridan  |  July 3, 2017 at 6:41 AM
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July 3 (UPI) -- Google is celebrating the 140th anniversary of the Wimbledon championships with a new Doodle as the tennis tournament begins Monday.

Google's homepage features an animated sequence featuring two tennis rackets enjoying game of tennis with each other as the letters that spell out Google watch from the side. The letter I from the company's logo serves as the umpire while Wimbledon mainstay Rufus the Hawk "who dutifully shoos away any pigeons who land on the court," can be seen in the top right corner.

"Each year, hundreds of players take a shot at winning this Grand Slam event. Wimbledon has drawn crowds since the dawn of professional tennis, way back when players were using handmade wooden rackets. The tournament is known for its grass courts, perfectly maintained to a neat 8mm — a sturdy height for fast-moving feet," Google wrote of the sporting event.

"To many fans and players, Wimbledon is tennis. Good luck to this year's competitors!" it continued.

The world's oldest tennis tournament, Wimbledon will run from July 3-16 beginning Monday. The event will feature Andy Murray defending his title while World champion Serena Williams will be absent after announcing her pregnancy in April.

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