Laura Siegemund Gets Blasted Into Oblivion By Wimbledon Sprinkler System
Have you ever seen a more spectacular sight than a sportsperson getting unexpectedly soaked by a sprinkler? It happens all the time in football but rarely has the Wimbledon sprinkler system caused an incident. For some reason, pundits always seem to stand in the firing zone before big games, getting their fancy garments drenched whilst droning on about expected goals stats and how much of a nice bloke Raheem Sterling is. Perhaps it's a clever tactic by TV bosses to add a bit of excitement to an otherwise lifeless pre-match droning sesh hosted by Michael Owen.
This time it happened to New Zealander Artem Sitak and German Laura Siegemund at Wimbledon 2019, twice.
Tennis is sport that could do with some added excitement, especially during a break. Who wants to watch players towel their faces and sip energy drinks for five minutes straight when they could be getting bazooka'd by a jet of water smack bang in the face?
Caught live on television and watched repeatedly on social media, the pair were chilling between sets when a sprinkler malfunctioned. Now we're not talking your regular drizzly sprinkler, that probably would have been nice in our July heatwave. This thing may as well have been attached to an anti-riot van as it sent a bin and a chair flying before blasting the backhander into oblivion.
The incident took place during a pairs match on court 15 whilst Sitak and Siegemund played Darija Jurak and Ken Skupski. Noticing the blast coming her way, Siegemund reacted as quick as a cat and grabbed her bag as she fled the scene. Even the opposite team legged it as the blast began.
Fortunately, a ball boy was also quick to respond and tamed the leviathan blast by simply stepping on it. Well done ball boy lad.
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Unfortunately, there was so much water on the court that the game had to be halted and moved to court 16 as the officials ruled that the surface was too slippery to continue.
Despite the pair being soaked to the bone, they still managed to keep their composure and win the match 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
This wasn't the only shock of Wimbledon 2019 as early in the competition, Venus Williams was knocked out of the competition by 15-year-old Cori Gauf.
She said: "Honestly I don't really know how to feel. This was definitely the first time I ever cried after winning a match. I don't even know how to explain how I feel. "I had to tell myself to stay calm, I'd never played on a court so big. I had to remind myself that the lines are the same size."
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Featured Image Credit: Wimbledon; BBC