Today was the seventh day of this year’s Wimbledon tennis championships with plenty of twists and turns on the courts.
Cameron Norrie became the last Brit to stand in the singles tournament this afternoon, which came just hours after marking a milestone on Center Court.
The centenary was presided over by the likes of Sue Barker, John McEnroe and Roger Federer, with a number of other famous faces also in attendance.
One of them was Sir Cliff, 81, who treated fans to a surprise rendition of his track Summer Holiday from the stands – but some fans weren’t impressed.
A viewer tweeted this afternoon: “I’ve always wanted to go to Wimbledon but was really scared if Cliff Richard did acapella again. Not worth the risk.’
‘#Wimbledon2022 This 100 year celebration is a bit of a cringe fest. Especially Cliff Richard,’ echoed someone else.
“That Cliff Richard sing-along was a little bit scary. #Wimbledon,” added another.
One fan wrote: “So we go from an amazing montage #Wimbledon to this absolute cringe fest with #cliffrichard with the whole crowd just in stunned silence.”
“This center court nonsense on BBC1 is perhaps the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen and I’ve muted it since Cliff Richard started singing #Wimbledon,” said one Twitter user.
However, others who tuned in were much more flattering, praising Sir Cliff’s performance, with one fan sharing: “Whether he is or not, he’s a legend. #Wimbledon.”
“So many rude comments about Sir Cliff Richard @Wimbledon. He’s almost 82, looks good for his age, still plays tennis – a game he loves – and he can still sing. He’s also here to show his support for THE premier tennis tournament – Wimbledon – and to celebrate 100 years of Center Court!’ another agreed.
“What’s embarrassing isn’t Cliff Richard, it’s a society that makes fun of the old. Kindness is king. What happened to respect Britain?’ someone else asked.
Other tennis legends, including Bjorn Borg and Billie Jean King, performed during the momentous celebrations.
Singer Freya Ridings also contributed her vocals for part of the celebrations.
Elsewhere, host Sue was in tears as she received a standing ovation from the crowd Wimbledon after retiring after an incredible 30 years as the BBC’s presenter.
This was previously announced by the former tennis pro and A Question of Sport presenter This will be her last year presenting.
Sue, 66, was visibly emotional as thousands of fans stood, cheered and clapped.
“Thank you very much but this is about the tournament and all I can say is John McEnroe will be commentating on Court 17 from now on after the script has been left!” Sue joked.
“But thanks, that really means everything to me.”
Wimbledon will continue to be broadcast on the BBC and BBC iPlayer.
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