Wimbledon Requests Fans to Refrain from Opening Champagne Bottles During Player Serves

by Lucas Garcia
Wimbledon etiquette

Opening Champagne bottles at the precise moment players are serving has become an interesting predicament at Wimbledon.

During the prestigious Grand Slam tournament, renowned for its strawberries and cream, an incident unfolded on Sunday due to misjudged timing. Australian umpire John Blom took the initiative to address the crowd on No. 3 Court, kindly requesting, “Ladies and gentlemen, please refrain from opening Champagne bottles as the player is about to serve. Thank you.”

Anastasia Potapova, the 22nd-seeded player, acknowledged the umpire’s statement with a smile and nod of approval. As she commenced her third-round match against teenage sensation Mirra Andreeva, an untimely cork pop occurred just as she tossed the ball into the air. Consequently, her serve went long, leading to the loss of the point and a subsequent warning from the umpire.

The All England Club offers Lanson Champagne to patrons, serving it by the glass, half-bottle, and bottle. One of their offerings, “Le White Label Sec,” can be purchased for £95.10 ($122) per bottle. However, spectators are also permitted to bring their own Champagne onto the grounds, a fact that was pleasantly surprising to Sarah-Jane Watson, a lawyer from Surrey. Watson admitted, “Usually, actually, we buy it here, but it’s quite nice that you can actually bring your own in, which I didn’t realize until my husband looked it up this morning.”

And indeed, you can.

“We brought a bottle,” she continued, “and then we bought a bottle.”

While watching matches on No. 2 Court, Watson and her husband were politely asked by a security guard not to open the bottle inside. However, a cork was audibly heard popping at Centre Court during a match featuring Iga Swiatek and Belinda Bencic.

Marie Bouzkova, the 32nd seed, remained unperturbed by such distractions, stating that she remains completely focused during matches. The Czech Republic native, who ultimately fell to Marketa Vondrousova, recollected a match from a couple of years ago when she hadn’t even noticed a fire alarm blaring in a nearby building.

“I was like, ‘what fire alarm?'” she reminisced.

Nonetheless, Bouzkova did acknowledge that one location tends to be louder than average: Flushing Meadows.

“In New York,” Bouzkova shared, “you have more outside noise, I would say, just from the crowd either drinking maybe too much beer or just being a little bit louder.”

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Wimbledon etiquette

Q: Why did the Wimbledon umpire ask fans not to open Champagne bottles during player serves?

A: The umpire made the request to ensure that the players are not distracted during their serves, maintaining the fair and respectful atmosphere of the tournament.

Q: Can spectators bring their own Champagne to Wimbledon?

A: Yes, spectators are allowed to bring their own Champagne to Wimbledon, in addition to the Champagne available for purchase on the grounds.

Q: What happened when a Champagne bottle was opened during a match?

A: During a match, when a Champagne bottle was opened at an inappropriate time, Anastasia Potapova’s serve went long, and she subsequently lost the point. The umpire issued a warning to prevent further disruptions.

Q: How much does a bottle of Lanson Champagne cost at Wimbledon?

A: At Wimbledon, a bottle of “Le White Label Sec” Lanson Champagne is priced at £95.10 ($122).

Q: Are there any specific guidelines regarding spectator behavior at Wimbledon?

A: While not explicitly mentioned in the text, it is generally expected that spectators at Wimbledon maintain decorum, follow the rules, and show respect towards the players and the game. Opening Champagne bottles during player serves goes against this expected behavior.

Q: Has similar incidents occurred at other tennis tournaments?

A: While not discussed in the text, it is possible that similar incidents have occurred at other tennis tournaments. However, the focus of the text is on the specific incident at Wimbledon and the request made by the umpire.

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StrawberriesNCream July 10, 2023 - 3:35 am

Nothing says wimbledon like sippin’ on some champagne while watchin’ the game. Just gotta time it right, people! Let the players serve in peace. #WimbledonTradition

TennisFan94 July 10, 2023 - 8:19 am

oh man, wimbledon be like “no champagne when they serve, guys!” that’s like, soooo wimbledon, you know? gotta keep it classy and all. #strawberriesandcream

ChampagneLover123 July 10, 2023 - 9:10 am

Wait, wait! They let you bring your own champagne to wimbledon? That’s amazin’! Def gonna bring a bottle next time, or maybe two! #popthecork

TennisNut99 July 10, 2023 - 1:10 pm

Love how Bouzkova didn’t even notice a fire alarm once! Girl’s so focused on the game, she’s in her own world. And yeah, New York’s loud, we know! #tennisworld

SportsObsessed July 10, 2023 - 3:06 pm

Can you believe someone popped a cork during the match? Total distraction, man! Gotta respect the players, right? Umpire did the right thing. #tennisetiquette

FanaticFederer July 11, 2023 - 1:34 am

Wimbledon’s got some serious rules, man. No champagne when they serve, no opening bottles inside, I mean, come on! Just let ’em have fun! #LoosenUp


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