Wimbledon fans fuming as Tom Cruise steals spotlight from Ash Barty: 'Sit down'

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Hollywood star Tom Cruise was one of a host of big names in the crowd to watch Ash Barty's epic Wimbledon win, but some Tennis fans have called the icon out for 'stealing the spotlight'.

The 59-year-old actor attended the Wimbledon women's singles finals on Saturday alongside his Mission Impossible co-stars Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff, and of course he didn't go unnoticed.

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Tom Cruise waves to the Wimbledon crowd at the Ladies' Singles Final match. Photo: Getty

The official Twitter account for the tennis championship even shared a few fun videos in honour of Cruise's presence, but they didn't sit well with everyone.

"A set down, it isn't mission impossible from here to win for Karolina Pliskova," the social media account joked alongside one video that showed the famous group enjoying the match.

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Meanwhile, another video showed Tom Cruise waving to the crowds. "Take a bow, @TomCruise," it was captioned.

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Tom Cruise attended the match with his Mission Impossible co-stars Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff. Photo: Getty
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But the social commentary, and the mega star's behaviour in the stands went down like a lead balloon, with some even claiming Cruise should be 'embarrassed' by his behaviour.

"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 person said on Twitter.

"Seriously. Sit down. It’s about the 2 amazing players on the court. Crowd should be interested in them," another agreed.

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Ash Barty became the first Australian woman to win Wimbledon since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980, beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 on Saturday to emulate her idol.

In the post match press conference, the star hailed her Wimbledon triumph as "nothing short of a miracle" after overcoming serious injury to complete her dream of lifting the biggest trophy in tennis

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Ash Barty became the first Aussie woman to win Wimbledon since 1980. Photo: Getty

William and Kate congratulate Ash Barty after 'incredible' match

Also present to watch and congratulate Ash on her epic win were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Kate attended the match with William, after having to self-isolate for a period after a previous visit to watch a Wimbledon match.

A keen tennis fan herself, the Duchess, who is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, presented the trophies to Ash and Czech finalist Karolina Pliskova.

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Prince William and Kate attend day 12 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Photo: Getty
Ashleigh Barty of Australia is presented with the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy by HRH Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge
Kate present Ash Barty with the trophy after her Wimbledon win. Photo: Getty

After the match a tweet from the royal couple’s official account, read: "What an incredible match and performance by both athletes! Congratulations @ashbarty on being crowned Wimbledon champion."

Just a few rows behind the couple in the Royal Box sat actor Priyanka Chopra, who is known to be a friend of their sister-in-law, the Duchess of Sussex.

Opera singer Katherine Jenkins, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and previous winners Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King all watched the match from the Royal Box.

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