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Wimbledon's Biggest Applause Is Reserved For A Vaccine Hero
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Wimbledon's Biggest Applause Is Reserved For A Vaccine Hero


Set, match, and jab.

Sarah Gilbert, the Oxford scientist who co-developed the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, was greeted with applause on Monday as the Wimbledon tennis tournament returned after a year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Watch the clip below.)

The tournament announced that guests would include “leaders who have developed anti-COVID vaccines” before Novak Djokovic faced Britain’s Jack Draper in the first match on Centre Court.

At the famous arena, polite applause grew into a sustained standing ovation, and Gilbert, sitting in the royal box, appeared both touched and embarrassed as many, including the Duke of Kent, cheered her and other health-care heroes.

A special opening day on Centre Court...A special moment as we thank those who played such an important role in the response to COVID-19#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/16dW1kQ2nr — Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 28, 2021

Draper was defeated in four sets by Djokovic, leaving fans with little to cheer about.

While the return of the prestigious grass court event signaled a huge step toward normalcy, Wimbledon will still not feel completely normal. Spectators must submit proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, and walk around wearing face masks, according to Sky News.

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