Martina Navratilova was absent from Wimbledon’s centenary celebrations on Sunday after testing positive for coronavirus in the morning. The greatest Wimbledon singles champion in history was due to attend SW19 as a Royal Box guest alongside other tennis legends, including Billie Jean King and Rod Laver, as part of the 100th anniversary of Centre Court. Navratilova, 65, said she was “gutted” to miss the special occasion with her friend JK Rowling, who was due to attend with the American tennis star. Former tennis champion John McEnroe and the BBC’s Sue Barker presented the ceremony on court to mark the anniversary, which included a surprise appearance by a singing Cliff Richard. The star sung “Summer Holiday” to a delighted crowd in a nod to one of the most memorable moments in The Championships’ history - when he serenaded Centre Court with the tune during a lengthy rain delay in 1996.
Source: The Times July 03, 2022 14:45 UTC