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Player hushes broadcaster at Wimbledon

Published July 1, 2013 1:34 pm

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London • A BBC broadcaster was told to quiet down by a player at Wimbledon on Monday when his on-air segment interrupted her fourth-round match.

Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium stopped play to complain to the umpire during the second set of her win over Flavia Pennetta that a journalist standing on a roof overlooking Court 18 was speaking too loudly.

Flipkens gestured angrily up toward John Watson, who was presenting a segment on BBC World News.

After chair umpire Fergus Murphy asked "the gentleman who's broadcasting in the brown suit" to be quiet, Watson looked slightly bemused as he realized the comments were directed at 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."

He later said on Twitter he apologized to Flipkens in person after the match.

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