Australian Open quarter-finalist Jessica Pegula has been concerned in an ungainly live TV second with tennis coach and ESPN broadcaster Brad Gilbert.
The incident unfolded following the American star’s shock fourth-round victory over world No.5 Elina Svitolina on Monday (AEDT).
The 26-year-old daughter of US billionaire Terry Pegula, who owns the NFL’s Buffalo Payments, was discussing her unimaginable Aussie Open run on SportsCenter.
Nonetheless the interview quickly took a cringeworthy flip as Gilbert took it upon himself to provide the world No.61 a brand new nickname, as you may see within the video above.
Gilbert had earlier quizzed his tennis followers on their most well-liked nickname for Pegula, who’s come out of the woodwork to shock the tennis world this February.
“Placing my mind to work on nick title for Pegula, so much like J-Peg simply got here to me Jessie’s woman,” Gilbert wrote, referencing the basic 1981 Rick Springfield tune.
Taking on board a few of the options from his followers, Gilbert put a few concepts to Pegula.
“I’m the king of nicknames and your Payments mafia (fan group) could be very upset that I haven’t provide you with a nickname for you,” Gilbert stated, as Pegula watched on, removed from impressed.
“They threw out a pair, then it got here to me so I’ll throw a pair on you. Old-fashioned music tune, Jessie’s Woman, or Pegula Hoop (like hula hoop).
“Simply interested by it.”
A clumsy pause ensued earlier than Pegula tried her greatest at a well mannered reply.
“I’m not actually feeling any of them to be trustworthy,” she stated.
“I’m not. I’m not feeling any of them.”
Pegula then stated that her most well-liked nickname was a easy “JP”, nevertheless she admitted it may be a bit too boring for some.
Fortunately the SportsCenter host realised the nickname dialogue was going nowhere and steered the dialog to a brand new topic.
“I like that Brad is completely crushed, Jessica, however we’re going to go along with JP,” she stated.
Gilbert wasn’t finished there nevertheless and later took to Twitter with one ultimate alteration for Pegula.
“Since she desires to be JP (I) would possibly advert in Morgan,” Gilbert wrote.
The awkward live TV second precipitated a stir on social media as followers celebrated Pegula for her trustworthy response.
Pegula will line up within the Australian Open quarter-finals on Wednesday in opposition to her good buddy, American No.22 seed Jennifer Brady.