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SportRogue sprinkler causes chaos at Wimbledon, forcing mixed doubles match to move

08:50  06 july  2019
08:50  06 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Unfortunately, mixed doubles pair Laura Siegemund and Artem Sitak got more than they bargained for when a rogue sprinkler went off beside them at Serena Williams and Andy Murray could team up in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon (Image: GETTY). This is a list of the champions and runners-up of

Unfortunately, mixed doubles pair Laura Siegemund and Artem Sitak got more than they bargained for when a rogue sprinkler went off beside them at Henri Kontinen and Heather Watson won the mixed doubles title on Sunday at Wimbledon . Both teams held serve throughout the first set to force a

Rogue sprinkler causes chaos at Wimbledon, forcing mixed doubles match to move© Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Artem Sitak (left) was slow to react but partner Laura Siegemund made a quick getaway. (Supplied: Wimbledon)

As Wimbledon baked through another warm, cloudless summer's day, the last thing on anyone's mind was a burst of rain to ruin their day, with fans and players alike instead wondering how they could cool themselves down.

Rogue sprinkler causes chaos at Wimbledon, forcing mixed doubles match to move
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Unfortunately, mixed doubles pair Laura Siegemund and Artem Sitak got more than they bargained for when a rogue sprinkler went off beside them at a change of ends in their first-round clash on court 15, sending them scrambling for cover.

Murray to play alongside Serena

Murray to play alongside Serena Andy Murray will play alongside Serena Williams in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon, the Scot's management team have announced. The American and the Scot talked up the idea of joining forces during their pre-tournament press conferences on Saturday. And after Serena started her quest for an eighth singles title at the All England Club with a straight-sets victory over Giulia Gatto-Monticone, the 37-year-old teased journalists during her post-match press conference. "I am just going to see how I feel today. I don't know, I am still in the singles mode, figuring that out. "We'll see.

Rogue sprinkler causes chaos at Wimbledon , forcing mixed doubles match to move Video: Rogue sprinkler soaks mixed doubles pair Laura Siegemund and Artem

Rogue sprinkler causes chaos at Wimbledon , forcing mixed doubles match to move Video: Rogue sprinkler soaks mixed doubles pair Laura Siegemund and Artem

A Wimbledon employee appeared to alleviate the problem by stomping down on the offending sprinkler head, leading to a brief period of calm.

But shortly after the water returned with a vengeance, sending courtside furniture flying and the players diving for cover.

So much water fell on the court that officials ruled the match had to be moved to the adjacent court 16.

Rain delays are relatively common during Wimbledon, but rarely are the soakings self-inflicted.

Not that it mattered to German Siegemund and New Zealander Sitak, as they eventually dried themselves off and completed a three-set victory over Brit Ken Skupski and Croatian Darija Jurak, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Meanwhile, the high-profile pairing of Andy Murray and Serena Williams saw their opening match delayed until Saturday.

The multiple grand slam singles winners, partnering for the first time at Wimbledon, will take on Cuba's Alexa Guarachi and Germany's Andreas Mills in their first-round clash.

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