Aussie cricketer takes aim at ‘showboating’ Hollywood star Tom Cruise


Aussie cricketer takes aim at Hollywood star Tom Cruise after his ‘showboating’ in the stands during Ash Barty’s Wimbledon victory

Former Australian cricketer Mel Jones has joined the army of tennis fans criticising Tom Cruise for his scene-stealing cameo appearance at Wimbledon last week.

The Channel Seven commentator, 48, slammed the Hollywood actor while speaking about Ash Barty’s victory over Czech Karolína Plíšková on Fox Sports on Tuesday. 

While she enjoyed watching the nail-biting match, Jones became annoyed when she saw the Mission: Impossible star, 59, ‘showboat’ to the crowd.

Fired up: Former Australian cricketer Mel Jones (right) has joined the army of tennis fans criticising Tom Cruise for his scene-stealing cameo appearance at Wimbledon last week

‘It was a magical moment for so many reasons,’ Jones said.

‘The largest cheer was when Plíšková won the second set. If the roof was on, it would have been off, because they just wanted to see that contest happen.’

She then turned her attention to Cruise, who was put in the spotlight by the announcers and began waving to the crowd and taking photos during the game.

After being asked for her reaction to this, Jones said: ‘I think that was me just covering my mouth saying, “Tom Cruise, sit down. It’s not about you.”‘

'Sit down. It’s not about you': The Seven commentator, 48, slammed the Hollywood actor while speaking about Ash Barty's victory over Czech Karolína Plíšková on Fox Sports on Tuesday

‘Sit down. It’s not about you’: The Seven commentator, 48, slammed the Hollywood actor while speaking about Ash Barty’s victory over Czech Karolína Plíšková on Fox Sports on Tuesday

Cruise, who has been filming Mission: Impossible 7 in England, was at Wimbledon with his co-stars Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff.

While many were excited to see the actor, other tennis fans were furious about Cruise stealing the spotlight from the players, with many venting on Twitter.

‘I’m surprised the official Wimbledon [Twitter account] noticed Ash won because they seem to be obsessed with Tom Cruise,’ tweeted activist Megan Davis.

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Latika M Bourke added: ‘It’s really not about you.’

Hogging the spotlight: While many were excited to see the A-list actor, other tennis fans were furious about Cruise stealing the spotlight from the players, with many venting on Twitter

Hogging the spotlight: While many were excited to see the A-list actor, other tennis fans were furious about Cruise stealing the spotlight from the players, with many venting on Twitter

Barty’s victory against Plíšková made her as Australia’s first women’s Wimbledon champion in 41 years, after Evonne Goolagong in 1980. 

The 25-year-old is also Australia’s first singles champion of either sex since Lleyton Hewitt won the male competition in 2002. 

Barty wiped away tears at the end of the showdown against world No. 13 Pliskova, taking the trophy with a 6-3, 6-7 and 6-3 win.  

Champion: Barty's victory against Karolína Plíšková made her as Australia's first women's Wimbledon champion in 41 years, after Evonne Goolagong in 1980

Champion: Barty’s victory against Karolína Plíšková made her as Australia’s first women’s Wimbledon champion in 41 years, after Evonne Goolagong in 1980

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