On Tuesday, American Bethanie Mattek-Sands will take the court against Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the first round of the Championships at Wimbledon. The 28-year-old is ranked #58 in the world, and is sporting a blue and green hairstyle for the tournament.
But that’s not the only reason to watch Mattek-Sand at Wimbledon this year. Or more importantly, to follow her on social media. That’s because Mattek-Sands is sporting Google Glass, the first professional tennis player to sport the technology at a major event.
The Championships at Wimbledon have always adhered to a fairly strict dress code – so it’s unlikely that she’ll be able to don Google Glass during her match (though it’s not been ruled out completely).
But Mattek-Sands has already been wearing Google Glass around the All England Club, and has been sharing her experience on Twitter:
A Google spokesperson had this to say in a statement:
Glass’s potential in the sports realm is huge, and it can connect athletes, coaches, and fans in new ways. For Bethanie, it’s allowed her to capture her strokes from her point of view during practice and share those with her coaches. It also helps her search recipes and perfect her cooking, something that’s important to a professional athlete with dietary allergies and restrictions.
If you’re looking to catch some of the action over the next couple of weeks, remember: YouTube is streaming live from Wimbledon.