At Monday’s opening day of play on Wimbledon’s Centre Court docket in London, the announcer advised the gang of spectators there have been some particular visitors in attendance.
Individuals who performed essential roles within the UK’s response to the coronavirus pandemic — from transport staff to medical staffers with Britain’s Nationwide Well being Service — had been invited to take a seat within the royal field.
However the announcer solely made it partially by means of the listing earlier than the gang reacted.
“At this time [the special guests] embody leaders who’ve developed the anti-COVID vaccines,” mentioned the announcer, because the digital camera zoomed in on Dame Sarah Gilbert, a professor of vaccinology on the College of Oxford who led the group that developed the AstraZeneca vaccine.
For her efforts, Gilbert acquired a damehood earlier this month when she was named on the Queen’s birthday honors listing.
When the Wimbledon crowd realized who was in attendance, they burst into wild applause that quickly turned a standing ovation.