How to watch Wimbledon 2017 live without your boss catching you

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Wimbledon is upon us once again, so strap on your headbands, get out your little white shorts and start limbering up. From July 3-16 the world’s greatest tennis players will be smacking balls at each other and grunting their way through one of the world’s greatest tennis championships. 

If your boss were more understanding you would be able to just sit back, relax, and watch all the action as it unfolds. Unfortunately they keep expecting you to "actually do some work Andrew" because "we’re paying you to be here".

But fear not, we'll show you some clever ways to watch the action without your boss ever knowing – just as long as you can keep a lid on reacting to a match point ace.

How to watch Wimbledon:

It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to get access to a television at work, and even unlikelier that you’ll get away with watching it, but should this be the route you want to take, Wimbledon is being broadcast on BBC One and Two, with support from the Red Button at select times enabling you to choose which court you’d like to watch. 

To see the times of live broadcasts and Red Button support, check out the Sport on the BBC page.

If you're trying to tune in from the US, ESPN is the home for all things Wimbledon. For its listings, check out its listings page.

In Australia the coverage is being spread across a range of different channels. For the full listings of what's on where, check out the Australian listings.

What’s far more likely is that you’ll have access to a computer or phone screen. For those of you wanting to watch a little sneaky tennis on an internet-connected screen, we recommend the BBC iPlayer app or desktop site. The app is free to download for iOS and Android, and the desktop site is available here.

For full listings of what’s coming up on the iPlayer, including how you can catch up on all the highlights, check out the listings page.

For American viewers, provided you have the right subscription package, you can watch live on ESPN's website

Australian viewers will be able to watch live streams on the Fox Sports website.

And Indian viewers can catch the action on the HotStar website.

For the first time ever, Twitter has an official Wimbledon live stream. A combination of interviews, commentary, and behind the scenes stuff, this is ideal for the person who wants to get into the swing of Wimbledon but can’t have it up on their main screen.

For a full match schedule, so that you can plan your covert watching operation, the Wimbledon App is your one-stop shop for all things All England Club, with listings of who's playing when and on which court, plus current scores, highlights, player info, and even merchandise. It’s free to download on iOS and Android.

The sneakiest of all the ways to get your Wimbledon content is to listen to it; pop your headphones on and no one in the office will know what you’re listening to. You can listen to Wimbledon coverage on BBC Radio 5, and through iPlayer radio. The iPlayer radio app is free to download on iOS and Android, and is available for desktop too.

How to not get caught watching Wimbledon:

If your boss it the kind that monitors your internet use while you’re at work, you may be able to avoid their detection using a VPN. For more information on what VPNs are, how they work and where to get them, check out our guide.

If you’ve got a phone, you might as well download the BBC iPlayer app and sit it in your lap with the Murray match playing, keeping your main screens work all the way. If your boss appears, just slide in under your desk and your secret will be safe.

If you have a particularly unobservant boss, you can simply place a custom cardboard cutout of yourself at your desk, then sneak away to watch the match. A life-size personalised cardboard cut-out will set you back £60 on Amazon, which is a small price to pay for freedom. 

If all of these other tactics fail, just listen to it on the radio through your headphones, pretend you can see it with your human eyes, and occasionally bop your head to an imaginary beat to throw your boss off the scent. 

Disclaimer: we take no responsibility for any disciplinary action you may face as a result of following this guide. But we'll take all the credit for your improved serve speed.