Website Review: Wimbledon.com’s Quadruple Faults

If you enjoy watching a good old-fashioned train wreck, take a look at the official Wimbledon coverage sponsored by IBM at Wimbledon.com.

It’s jolly good that the All England club controls player costumes, but it’s clear that somebody should have handed off control of this dreadfully backwards website. IBM just isn’t this dumb. They have to be cringing at the out-of-date piece of digital junk that’s currently got their logo all over it.

Drawing A Blank

Try searching Wimbledon.com for a basic term like “ladies draw,” and you will get absolutely no salient results. There are other ways to reach a reasonably good draw page on the site, but the search application seams virtually non-functional.

If you want a real treat, try searching for just about anything on this site on a mobile device. You’ll be amazed at just how many blank pages it’s still possible to find on the website of a major sports event. Can anybody say “responsive” with a British accent?

Interested in video highlights? Each day the site has a list that’s comprised of about 20% of the matches that actually took place. Does the All England club have too small a budget for server memory? The choices lean heavily towards men’s matches.

Fuzzy Highlights

Heaven forbid you should actually find a match that you want to view highlights from. The videos you’ll find feature huge title boxes that obliterate whatever the player in the foreground is doing on every point. And if bad video editing isn’t enough, there’s another special treat: all the clips are all in that wonderful low-res you loved so much in 1992. HD has apparently not yet reached England’s sunny shores.

Admins for the websites of the U.S., French and Australian Opens can rest easy. It looks like their Wimbledon brethren, at least digitally speaking, will remain comfortably in the rear view mirror for many years to come. The All England club seems determined to let the grass keep growing under it’s feet.

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