Wimbledon serves up virtual reality experience

The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum in London will launch a virtual reality experience on June 20, giving visitors the chance to play a part in famous matches.

Visitors wearing virtual reality headsets will be immersed in games that made history, featuring legends such as John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Martina Navratilova and Serena Williams.

The experience – using HTC Vive VE headsets – will be one of the first of its kind in England. 

Also new is Reinventing The Racket, an exhibition highlighting the museum’s most iconic and unusual rackets.

One of the most popular features is the one-hour tour of Wimbledon, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the tennis grounds, revealing areas normally unseen by the public.

By the time of the 2016 Championships, new features will be added to the tour including never-before-seen locations such as the Broadcast Centre; a new Wimbledon sculpture due to be opened by HRH The Duke of Kent and the Press Writers’ Room.

Guests can finish the tour on Centre Court in front of the Royal Box.

During the Championships (June 27-July 10), the museum is open only to Championships ticket-holders at an extra charge.

Tours will run daily until June 12 and recommence on July 16.

Other highlights at the museum include a holographic image of John McEnroe walking through a recreation of the 1980s Gentlemen’s Dressing Room (pictured) and the chance to see Wimbledon trophies close up.