Serena Williams: tennis star snubs F1 icon Martin Brundle at US Grand Prix
Formula 1 commentator Martin Brundle was snubbed by Serena Williams as he attempted to interview her on the grid at the United States Grand Prix.
Brundle has become famous for his pre-race grids, in which he interviews any driver, team member or celebrity he meets.
It was no different for yesterday’s United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, but Brundle’s interview attempts didn’t quite go as planned.
The Briton has been snubbed by a few American celebrities, including Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner.
“Let’s walk around here, we have Rory McIlroy and Serena Williams,” Brundle said during her coverage of the race for Air sports.
“Venus [Williams] didn’t want 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 his conversation with fellow sports star McIlroy, before requesting an interview with the American.
“Serena, can I talk? Serena, are you okay with talking, ”Brundle asked. “Martin Brundle, British Television.”
Williams did not respond to the question, either not having heard from the commentator or having deliberately ignored him. Anyway, Brundle took his rejection well, joking: “It’s a double fault, it’s a double fault.”
Brundle received the most attention for not initiating a conversation with American rapper Megan Thee Stallion. He was turned away from stardom after asking her if she had “rap for us today in Formula 1?”
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the race in Austin, fending off rival Lewis Hamilton to secure his eighth win of the season and double his lead in the standings.
Williams attended the Grand Prix with her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. The couple were reportedly disappointed with the outcome, as they were likely present to support their close friend Hamilton.
Hamilton, a seven-time world champion, has often been seen supporting Williams at Wimbledon and other major tournaments.
It has been four months since Williams last played a tennis match. The 40-year-old is currently recovering from a hamstring injury as she hunts for a historic 24th Grand Slam title.
Williams has so far refused to set a date for her retirement, and fans are hoping she will stay on the pitch for a while.