Kate Middleton gave some aspiring tennis players a very special surprise, on what would have been the last weekend of Wimbledon. Addressing students at Bond Primary School after their tennis lessons with the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative – an All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club’s program that offers free tennis sessions to students – the Duchess gave some clues about a guest special which would soon join their.
“He plays tennis for Great Britain. He is a double Olympic champion. He is a former world number one. Can you guess who that could be, our special guest today?” she asked, in a clip released by Kensington Palace (above).
Someone at school assumes the correct answer: Andy Murray. The tennis star then joined the video call and answered some of the young people’s questions, like why he chose tennis as a career (“It was one of the few things I was good at, really; but I did it because I had fun doing it, so I was very lucky “).
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It was surely a treat for the students to speak with a former tennis world champion – and it was probably fun for the Duchess too. An avid sports fan, Kate attends Wimbledon every year to reliably enjoy the games, and Anmer Hall, her country home and that of Prince William, even has a tennis court so the family can play on its own.
Last year, royal observers learned that Roger Federer had even helped the Duke and Duchess transmit their love of sport to the next generation. The tennis legend opened Daily Star enjoy some tennis with Prince George, noting that the young royal has a “good swing”.
He then added, “His mom has always loved tennis. I hope it stays the same in a few years and it’s not just an immediate situation.”
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