Belgium tennis pro Kirsten Flipkens stopped her fourth-round match against Flavia Pennetta at Wimbledon on Monday to ask for quiet from a BBC broadcaster.
Flipkens reportedly became upset when journalist John Watson was speaking too loudly while presenting a segment on BBC World News.
During the second set, Flipkens decided that she couldn’t take anymore, and gestured angrily up toward Watson, who was standing on a roof overlooking Court 18.
Chair umpire Fergus Murphy then asked for “the gentleman who’s broadcasting in the brown suit” to quiet down. Watson looked slightly bemused as he realized the comments were being made toward him.
Looking into the camera, Watson said “this is a very surreal moment,” and “I don’t think I’ve ever been told to be quiet by the fellow players.”
Watson later said on Twitter that he apologized in person to Flipkens after the match.
@JohnBennettBBC i was oblivious to it all going on behind me. I was doing the live then turned afterwards to discover court18 heckling me!
Apparently, the request for silence paid off, as Flipkens defeated her Italian opponent to reach the quarterfinals of the prestigious tournament.
With Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova already eliminated from the field, Flipkens has as good a chance as anyone to win.