At Monday’s opening day of play on Wimbledon’s Centre Court docket in London, the announcer advised the group of spectators there have been some particular visitors in attendance.
Individuals who performed crucial roles within the UK’s response to the coronavirus pandemic — from transport employees to medical staffers with Britain’s Nationwide Well being Service — had been invited to sit down within the royal field.
However the announcer solely made it partially by way of the checklist earlier than the group reacted.
“Immediately [the special guests] embody leaders who’ve developed the anti-COVID vaccines,” stated the announcer, because the digicam zoomed in on Dame Sarah Gilbert, a professor of vaccinology on the College of Oxford who led the workforce 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 checklist.
When the Wimbledon crowd realized who was in attendance, they burst into wild applause that quickly turned a standing ovation.