Wimbledon fans lobbed virtual serving challenge
Game, set, match
Tennis stars began swinging rackets at Wimbledon today, marking the 125th anniversary of the prestigious tennis tourney. To celebrate, Ralph Lauren has put together a serving challenge for all to try.
Boris Becker was at hand today to launch the competition, which features a custom-made tennis arena modelled on the famous Centre Court.
To take part, participants must serve a tennis ball into a large display. Upon impact, the ball turns into a virtual animation of what would happen, continuing the trajectory perfectly in the animated court. A speed gun tracks the ball, measuring the velocity of the serve, with prizes for the fastest handed out at the end of the week.
Such tech is regularly found in the golfing community, but has apparently never been used before to create a tennis simulation.
If you fancy your chances, head down to the Wimbledon Park Golf Club, where the Ralph Lauren Wimbledon Serving Challenge runs all week. Careful not to tread on a Womble. ®
for heaven's sake
Stop all this.
I took up tennis so I could meet nicely spoken young ladies with hardly any clothes on.
Doing it on a computer makes that seem somehow /dirty/.
....you could just hit a tennis ball on a tennis court, and see what happens? I believe that Wimbledon has a few such courts lying around.