“I sat Centre Court at Wimbledon and all I got was this bright pink scarf.”
That is what one woman is likely telling her friends today after knitting her way through a late-night thriller match that featured England’s native son, Andy Murray, fighting to stay alive in the prestigious tournament.
As a packed stadium and more than eight million TV viewers kept their eyes peeled to the court to see if Murray could defeat Marcos Baghdatis and move one round closer to bringing the Wimbledon trophy home, the woman, who has yet to be identified, kept her eyes glued to her roll of pink woolen thread and knitting needles.
The woman’s focus, or lack thereof, was caught on camera by the BBC cameras broadcasting the match and sparked an outcry from commentators and tennis fans alike.
“That’s one way of dealing with the nerves, I guess. Or the cold. She’s knitting herself a jumper to warm up with,” said the commentator. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen knitting on Centre Court before, if the players looked up and saw it…”
“Why would you pay for Saturday Centre Court tickets then bring your knitting?! If you’re not enjoying it, I’ll have your seat,” one tennis fan posted on Twitter, according to the Daily Mail.
Video of the woman was posted on YouTube and went viral. Her anonymity has sparked a nationwide search for her identity with headlines like the London Telegraph’s, “Do you know the woman who knitted her way through tennis thriller?” keeping the story going.
Tennis etiquette questions aside, the woman had plenty of time to complete her knitting project. The match between 25-year-old Murray and Baghdatis lasted until 11:02 p.m., when Murray finally closed it out in the fourth set.
The match was the tournament’s latest finish so far this year, even going two minutes beyond the All England Club’s 11 p.m. match curfew.