There were beautiful scenes at the All England Club on Monday as Wimbledon kicked off with a tribute to “inspirational individuals” on Centre Court.
As is tradition on the opening day at Wimbledon, certain individuals who have done their country proud are invited to sit in the Royal Box and given a standing ovation.
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One such individual who received a standing ovation on Monday was Dame Sarah Gilbert, the scientist who developed the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for Covid-19.
A Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Oxford, Dame Gilbert led the development of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine with the Oxford Vaccine Group.
She also helped develop the universal flu vaccine in 2011.
The 50 per cent capacity crowd at Centre Court rose as one to celebrate Dame Gilbert's achievements on Monday with a wonderful standing ovation.
Vastly different reaction to Australian Open 'embarrassment'
The heartwarming scenes were widely celebrated on social media, but some couldn't help but point out the vastly different reaction from the crowd during a similar moment at the Australian Open in February.
Tennis Australia chair Jayne Hrdlicka was loudly booed by the crowd at Rod Laver Arena after the men's final when she mentioned the Covid-19 vaccine.
“With vaccinations on the way, rolling out in many countries around the world, it’s now time for optimism and hope for the future," she said in the trophy presentation.
However her words were met with loud boos from those in attendance in unsavoury scenes that many described as "disgusting" and "shameful".
Hrdlicka was booed again when she said: “The top of that list to thank is the Victorian government, without you we could not have done this."
On Monday, journalist Jill Stark was among the many to point out the difference between the UK and Australia's reactions to mention of the vaccine.
"Remember that time at the Australian Open when the crowd booed the Chair of Tennis Australia for saying vaccinations offered “optimism and hope for the future.” We are cooked," she tweeted.
Fellow journalist Bevan Shields wrote: "Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, who helped design the Oxford-AstraZenca vaccine, gets an emotional standing ovation at Wimbledon.
"Would the same thing happen in Australia at the moment?"
I was watching that, absolutely disgraceful by some of the crowd , embarrassing is an understatement 🤦🏻♂️
— Telly Savalas (@aristotle1974) June 28, 2021
I was in the crowd at the Aust Open but one that cheered her speech. Disappointed by the boos. But the boos were more magnified on tv than in the actual crowd.
— Sulin 🌈 🧴🤲🏼 😷 (@hossieho) June 28, 2021
We are totally cooked.
— Maria Pasquale (@HeartRome) June 28, 2021
What an embarrassment that was. By contrast, a classy move by Wimbledon spectators to honour a women whose work has saved millions of lives.
— Clare Murphy (@ClareAliceMurph) June 28, 2021
Probably not. Because Karen from Panania, whose expertise and comes from finishing year 10 in 1976 and watching YouTube, doesn’t like it.
— Wizard of Woy Woy (@WizardofWoyWoy) June 28, 2021
How simply wonderful. Such pride in their achievement.
— Lesley vaccinated Podesta 💉 (@podesta_lesley) June 28, 2021
Boomers in Australia would be booing and demanding everyone else go home to keep them safe.
— Karl (@karl_oz8) June 28, 2021
Wimbledon pays tribute to inspirational individuals
Other guests who were honoured on Monday at Wimbledon included some of Dame Gilbert's colleagues and other front-line medical staff.
Hannah Ingram-Moore, daughter of Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised over $58 million for the National Health Service in the UK. was also honoured.
They were joined by the Duke of Kent and former British racing driver Sir Jackie Stewart.
Announcers paid tribute to the “important work” done by key workers before the first match on Centre Court between Novak Djokovic and 19-year-old British player Jack Draper.
The World No.1 survived a huge early scare to beat Draper 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-2.
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