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5 Funniest moments in Wimbledon history

  • We look at some of the lighter moments throughout Wimbledon's rich history.
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 07:17 IST

Since 1877 every year as June rolls around, every ardent tennis fan in the world looks forward to one event “Wimbledon”. Widely regarded as the most prestigious Grand Slam in the Tennis Calendar, ‘The Championships’ or ‘SW19’, as it is popularly known, promises the fans top notch tennis over the duration of the tournament.

The finely trimmed grass, the all-white outfits, the presence of the royal family, all symbolize the uniqueness and class of this tournament. Over the years The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club has been witness to fantastic triumphs, demoralizing losses, emotional breakdowns, controversies alike but today we will look at some of the lighter moments throughout the tournament's rich history.

The great Tracy Austin exchanging positions with a ball boy, Sabine Lisicki shuddering at the noise of thunder, Henri Leconte pulling a face and hopping around the court pretending to be a girl are testaments to the fact that the championships have had their fair share of Jokes.

So yes it’s funny side up and here are the top 5 funny moments in Wimbledon history-

#1 When Ilie Nastase played with an umbrella in his hand

Rain or shine, Nastase will play

Nastase was always known to be an entertainer. He had a special charm and connected with the audience better than most players. Wimbledon witnessed one of its funniest moments in the 1974 Championships when Nastase got beaten by the heavy-hitting American Dick Stockton in the fourth round.

The match which was interrupted several times by rain was at a crucial juncture, Nastase was down two sets to one, and the fourth set was on. It had begun to drizzle and Nastase thought they should go off and at this point, he grabbed a spectator's umbrella.

Nastase later mentioned, “I wasn't trying to distract Dick, as some people thought, but to dispel the tension I thought it would be fun to play a couple of points with the umbrella in my hand. It was a completely spontaneous act and it's a classic example of, 'OK, I lost the match, but I gave people pleasure and fun', and, even 30 years on, they still remember.

“And that makes me really proud, as proud in fact as some of my victories. It means I left an impression on people that was not just about the tennis, not just about the arguments, it was also about the fun."

Yes, Ilie we still remember the time when you went down on all fours and looked into the Cyclops line calling machine. Wonderful human being and probably the best natural talent to swing a racquet.

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Published 19 Jun 2016, 10:31 IST
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