Tom Cruise at Wimbledon men's final a day after fans told him 'SIT DOWN' for upstaging Ash Barty
Tom Cruise was spotted watching the Wimbledon men's final between Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini at Centre Court on Sunday, a day after he was accused of trying to upstage women's singles champion Ashleigh Barty.
Tennis fans felt Cruise made sure everyone saw him as he stood up from his seat to wave and bow to the crowd.
The outrage notwithstanding, Cruise made a dapper appearance on Sunday in a suave navy suit that he paired with a white shirt and complementing tie. He also donned his signature aviator sunglasses. He was joined by 'Mission: Impossible 7' co-star Esai Morales.
British actress and rumored girlfriend Hayley Atwell, who accompanied Cruise on Saturday for the women's final, was not seen on Sunday. The duo reportedly got close to each other while shooting ‘Mission: Impossible 7’.
But they weren’t alone. Photographed arriving with Cruise and Atwell at London’s All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club was Pom Klementieff, the Canadian-born French actress and model who also is in the film.
There the trio watched as Australian Ashleigh Barty faced the Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova, with Barty ultimately winning the match. The 25-year-old Australian, after her victory, said, "It took me a long time to verbalize, to dare to dream it and say it. I didn't sleep a lot last night, I was thinking of all the what-ifs. I hope I made Evonne proud."
Evonne Goolagong Cawley, who had won Wimbledon twice — for the first time 50 years ago in 1971 — and again in 1980, is an inspiration to Barty and said of her victory: "It was very emotional for me to be watching Ash. I'm so proud of her and the way she handles herself on and off the court. She's like a little sister to me, so it seems like a family win today."
On the women's finals day, Atwell was photographed in a flowery dress, red heels, and a cream trench coat. Klementieff wore a black and yellow pantsuit and a trench coat over her shoulders. Cruise and his co-stars’ arrival at the game had caused a bit of a stir. The official Twitter for Wimbledon shared on social media: “Take a bow, @TomCruise,” alongside a video of the three. The account also posted, “A set down, it isn't mission impossible from here to win for Karolina Pliskova.”
These tweets attracted some criticism: “Seriously. Sit down. It’s about the 2 amazing players on the court. Crowd should be interested in them,” tweeted one person. Another person tweeted, “I do get a bit fed up with these people getting applause for no other reason than being there. It should all be about the amazing tennis being played.”
One Twitter account said, “Sit down Tom, it's not about you today.” While another said, “This is disgusting and disappointing to see from Wimbledon. Please do not spotlight the harmful and severely abusive cult of Scientology.” Aboriginal Australian activist and human rights lawyer Megan Davis tweeted, “I’m surprised the official Wimbledon account noticed Ash won cos they seem to be obsessed with Tom Cruise.”
Seriously. Sit down. It’s about the 2 amazing players on the court. Crowd should be interested in them.— Anne Bradley (@Glowtwig) July 10, 2021
I do get a bit fed up with these people getting applause for no other reason than being there. It should all be about the amazing tennis being played.— Jessica McQueen (@ebbsqueen) July 10, 2021
Sit down Tom, it's not about you today.— Phil G (@Another_Cook) July 10, 2021
This is disgusting and disappointing to see from Wimbledon. Please do not spotlight the harmful and severely abusive cult of Scientology. 🤦♀️— Angie 🌈🌊💙 (@AngelaDHillis) July 10, 2021
I’m surprised the official Wimbledon account noticed Ash won cos they seem to be obsessed with Tom Cruise. #BartyParty— Prof Dr M Davis (@mdavisqlder) July 10, 2021
Cruise’s, Atwell’s, and Klementieff’s outing at Wimbledon comes a month after production was briefly suspended due to a positive Covid-19 test on set. "We have temporarily halted production on ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ until June 14th, due to positive coronavirus test results during routine testing," a studio spokesperson said at the time.