Best iPhone and iPad apps for following the 2012 Wimbledon Championships

The Championships at Wimbledon kicked off today, which are sure to keep tennis fans locked-in until July 8. There are plenty of apps for iPhone and iPad to help avid watchers stay glued to the action, and we've got the best ones for you right here.

Official Wimbledon app

Official Wimbledon app

Wimbledon is updated their app for 2012, and hosts all of the familiar features: live scores, results, schedule of play, news, player profiles, and video highlights. There are also three audio streams for following play-by-play commentary. Best of all, it's available for free.

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ESPN Mobile TV

Watch Wimbledon on ESPN Live for iPhone

ESPN will be streaming live matches through a mobile service offer made through carriers. It's a little pricey starting at $9.99/month, but it's a small price to pay for true tennis fans. Alltel and AT&T offer access to ESPN through MobiTV, while Sprint has their own TV service. Wimbledon is also available on the WatchESPN app so long as you're signed up with Time Warner, Bright House, Verizon FiOS TV or Comcast Xfinity. Canadians can catch the action on TSN Mobile TV on Bell and TELUS, though comparing schedules, it looks like it's not live. In the UK, you should be able to watch Wimbledon, complete with live video, from BBC's mobile site alongside their Euro 2012 coverage.

Free (plus subscription fee) - Download Now

Virtua Tennis Challenge

Virtua Tennis Challenge

If you're tired of just watching, but can't find your way to a tennis court, Sega has a fine game for iPhone and iPad, complete with singles and doubles matches. You can play as one of 50 players in 18 stadiums in world tours, exhibition, and quick matches.

$4.99 - Download Now

Any tennis fans in the house? How are you enjoying the Championships?