Wimbledon 2017: Google's Doodle - complete with Rufus

Beth Cruz
July 4, 2017

The doodle, designed in Wimbledon's traditional colors of purple and green, is an animated gif of two white rackets, the dress code, hitting a ball back and forth.

The Met recently revealed it had been working with the All England Lawn Tennis Club throughout the year to draw up a "robust" security plan for the famous tournament.

There's a hawk, tucked in the top-right corner of the doodle which Google has named "Rufus the Hawk".

The letter "l" has been shown as referee with a mike.


The All England Club was originally founded for the goal of croquet in 1869, but croquet was rapidly overtaken by the new pastime of tennis.

But over the next two weeks, the constant pounding from the world's best tennis players will take its toll. All the other three tournaments including the Australian Open and the US Open are played on hard courts and the French Open is played on clay. Although she had served as patron for 64 years, she has never had a keen passion for tennis and so has visited the Wimbledon tournament just twice in the past 35 years.

The Duchess was spotted waving to the queuing crowds as she made her way over to the Centre Court to watch defending champion Andy Murray play his first round match.

Spain's Rafael Nadal attends a practice session at The All England Tennis Club on the eve of the start of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament. However, big names like Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will be missing out on this year.

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