Serena Williams snubs F1 commentator Martin Brundle at US Grand Prix
During Sunday's US Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Texas, Formula One commentator Martin Brundle was snubbed by tennis star Serena Williams as he tried to interview her on the grid.
Brundle is known for his pre-race gridwalks, during which he interviews any driver, team member or celebrity he comes across. However, his attempts at an interview with the 23-time Grand Slam champion did not go according to plan.
"Let’s wander down here, we’ve got Rory McIlroy and Serena Williams," Brundle said during his coverage of the race for Sky Sports. "Venus Williams wasn’t that keen to talk to me five years ago, I don’t know if I’ll get a double fault or an ace."
Brundle then waited for Williams to finish her conversation with fellow sports star McIlroy, before asking the former World No.1 for an interview.
"Serena, may I have a chat? Serena, are you good for a chat," Brundle asked. "Martin Brundle, British TV."
Williams did not react to the question, either failing to hear the commentator or deliberately ignoring him. Either way, Brundle took his rejection well, joking: "It's a double fault, it's a double fault."
Williams attended the Grand Prix with her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. The 40-year old is recovering from a hamstring injury obtained during her first round match at Wimbledon, and has not played in over four months. However, she is likely to continue her quest for that elusive 24th Grand Slam trophy at the 2022 Australian Open.