Tennis presenter's mortifying mishap on ATP Finals broadcast

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
Catherine Whitaker took a tumble ahead of the semis at the ATP Finals. Image: Twitter/Getty
Catherine Whitaker took a tumble ahead of the semis at the ATP Finals. Image: Twitter/Getty

Tennis presenter Catherine Whitaker has shared the embarrassing moment she took a tumble while on set at the ATP World Tour Finals.

The British presenter was doing a practice of her introduction ahead of two massive semi-final matches on Saturday when things went wrong.

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Whitaker was discussing the upcoming matches between Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem, and Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev when she appeared to roll an ankle and hit the deck.

“Today we’ll see the world’s best, the top f …” she said before crashing to the floor.

Luckily for Whitaker she wasn’t live.

The popular presenter saw the funny side of the mishap, posting the clip on social media.

“My big chance to become a meme,” she tweeted.

“Yes I’m OK by the way. And no we weren’t live.”

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Instead of World No.1 Djokovic facing second-ranked Nadal for the season-ending ATP Finals title it will be World No.3 Thiem against the fourth-ranked Medvedev.

Nadal had won 71 matches in a row when grabbing the opening set and he served for the victory in Saturday's semi-final when leading 5-4 in the second set.

However, Medvedev broke at love there and came all the way back to win 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

That came after Thiem frittered away four match points in his clash with Djokovic because he was “tight and nervous” during a second-set tiebreaker.

Thiem gathered himself and eventually reeled off seven of the match’s last eight points, after trailing 4-0 in the third-set tiebreaker, to prevail 7-5 6-7 (10-12) 7-6 (7-5) in an instant classic.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, pictured here at the ATP Finals.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both lost. Image: Getty

“What he did from 0-4 in the third-set tiebreaker was just unreal,” Djokovic said.

“I don't think I played bad. ... He just crushed the ball and everything went in.”

Thiem ended Djokovic’s bid for a record-tying sixth ATP Finals trophy, while Medvedev prevented Nadal from continuing to pursue the most significant title the 20-time major champ hasn't won.

A year ago, Medvedev went 0-3 in round-robin play at the ATP Finals, while Thiem was the runner-up to Stefanos Tsitsipas.

On Sunday, the 24-year-old Medvedev and 27-year-old Thiem, who won the US Open in September for his maiden career grand slam title, aim to become the ATP Finals’ sixth different champion over the past six years.

Djokovic, already assured of finishing the year ranked No.1 for a record-tying sixth time, was trying to match Roger Federer's mark of six ATP Finals successes.

with AAP

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