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Live Wimbledon coverage comes to YouTube, starts Monday

You can catch all the action on YouTube from Monday morning, courtesy of the Wimbledon channel.

If you don't fancy watching Wimbledon on iPlayer, and you can't lug a telly to the office, you're in luck, as the world's oldest tennis tournament is coming to YouTube.

For the first time, you can catch all the action live on Wimbledon's own YouTube channel. There will also be interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and streams of press conferences, along with match highlights and other extras from the 127th championships. I've embedded a preview below, so get your Pimms and strawberries and cream at the ready.

It's not just YouTube that's getting in on the action. Submit a Wimbledon-inspired #shotoftheday on Twitter and you could win tickets to Centre Court. The tournament also has its own Google Plus page, which you can follow to stay abreast of all the action.

Of course, if you want to watch live coverage on BBC iPlayer, you can do that, too. But the YouTube coverage should help broaden the tournament's appeal to those outside the UK. For Brits it's just another way to sneak in some tennis action when the boss isn't looking.

It should also take some traffic away from any piracy sites looking to stream the coverage illegally. And that's got to be a good thing.

Wimbledon isn't the first sports event to come to Google's video service. Last summer, the site struck a deal to broadcast highlights of the Scottish Premier League. It also launched its very own channels to compete with proper telly. Though from browsing the UK channel lineup, I can't see the BBC and Channel 4 having too much to worry about.

Wimbledon kicks off on Monday morning, so let's hope the weather improves. Will you be watching on YouTube? Or is BBC iPlayer your skiving site of choice? Let me know in the comments, or over on our Facebook page.