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Wimbledon will use 'AI bunker' to 'automatically generate' the best moments for highlights by scanning grunts, cheers and bodily gestures  The bot will bring automated video highlights to fans watching from home  IBM Watson can pick up on bodily gestures made by tennis players It can now also recognise when the ball has been struck off a racket This allows tighter cropping of highlight clips saving vital time and maximising every second of footage

By Victoria Bell For Mailonline

Published: 11:36 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 15:52 BST, 1 July 2019

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Artificial intelligence will be at play in Wimbledon this year in the form of software that captures player's bodily movements to create replay highlights.

IBM's Watson analyses everything from a player's celebratory cheers to their fist pumps through a live video stream to record a clip of that point in the match. 

Each point is then ranked based on crowd excitement, as well as noises from players, through a microphone placed underneath the umpire's chair.

Wimbledon, now in its 49th year, also used the AI system, powered by computing firm IBM, last year.

Now, for the first time, IBM Watson has been taught to recognise the strike of a tennis ball on a racket.

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Artificial Intelligence will be at play in Wimbledon this year in the form of a robot that captures player's facial expressions to take instant highlights. Pictured, Andy Murray at the Wimbledon Tennis championships in 2017

Artificial Intelligence will be at play in Wimbledon this year in the form of a robot that captures player's facial expressions to take instant highlights. Pictured, Andy Murray at the Wimbledon Tennis championships in 2017

'This allows us to clip the highlights package to be really tight, so it knows exactly when play is happening,' Sam Seddon, head of IBM's AI unit at Wimbledon, told the Telegraph.

Last year there were 220 million views of highlights across Wimbledon’s digital platforms. 

IBM's Wimbledon bunker is located within the media centre, and is home to the company's team of 180 people, who monitor coverage and analysis from all the Wimbledon courts before it is made available to the world. 

Every single point is recorded by IBM’s Slamtracker system, including its duration and how it was won, creating a huge wealth of data

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