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Google celebrates 140 years of Wimbledon with a doodle

Wimbledon 2017 begins on Monday and Google celebrated the occasion with a special doodle. Andy Murray is the men’s singles defending champion at Wimbledon.

tennis Updated: Jul 03, 2017 14:36 IST
The special Google Doodle celebrating the 140th anniversary of Wimbledon.
The special Google Doodle celebrating the 140th anniversary of Wimbledon.(HT Photo)

It is that time of the year again. With Wimbledon 2017 set to start on Monday, Google launched a special doodle to celebrate the occasion of the 140th anniversary, of the oldest tennis tournament in the world.

The new doodle launched on Monday carries a green background, which is a tribute to the grass courts on which Wimbledon matches are played. Two tennis rackets can also be seen in action with a ball in the animated doodle, whereas the letters of the word ‘Google’ represent the audiences sitting in the background.

The letter ‘L’ in Google is for the match umpire.

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At the top right of the Google doodle can be seen is a bird, which according to the internet giant is Rufus the Hawk, meant to ‘shoo away’ any pigeons who may come on the grass courts.

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“Like all British institutions, Wimbledon has its endearing quirks. Keep an eye out for the beloved Rufus the Hawk (featured in the Doodle), who dutifully shoos away any pigeons who land on the court during a match. And if you’re wondering what the spectators are snacking on, it’s strawberries and cream — 28,000kg every year,” Google said on its website.

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Wimbledon 2017 will begin on July 3, and is set for finish on the 16th of the month. While the likes of defending champion Andy Murray, the in-form roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will all be competing in the men’s category, the women’s competition will be without two former winners in Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.