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Kate and Pippa

Five things about Kate, Pippa and their love of tennis


Five things about Kate, Pippa and their love of tennis:

Graduates of St Andrew’s University, where Kate and William met, have said that the pair often played tennis against each other. From what we can establish, Kate is a better tennis player than her husband and future King.

Kate’s sister Pippa has been selected to play in the women’s first team at Queen’s Club. The Telegraph reported that Pippa will be competing in the “Middlesex Premier Division”, and that, “some members of the 126-year-old club, which is one of the major warm-up venues for Wimbledon, are keen for Kate to become its patron, but this is understood to have gone down badly, to put it mildly, with the Duchess of Gloucester, who holds the position.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took part in the Mexican Wave during Andy Murray’s match at the Olympic tennis tournament against Nicolas Almagro. It was Kate’s third visit of the summer as she sat in the Royal Box during the Wimbledon Championships, once with William, and the other occasion, for Murray’s final against Roger Federer, with her sister Pippa as her guest (there were a few cries of “marry me, Pippa” during the match).

One British newspaper has suggested that Kate is “being lined-up for a major new role in British tennis”. The Express reported that, “plans are afoot to make the Duchess a vice-patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club – if the role becomes official, future responsibilities are likely to include sharing trophy presentation duties with the Duke of Kent”. However, a spokesman for St James’s Palace said, “there are no plans at present for the Duchess of Cambridge to take up an official role at the All England Tennis Club”.

It has also been suggested that Tim Henman’s mother, Jane, has been giving the Middleton sisters’ mother, Carole, some advice on dealing with media attention. The Telegraph gossip columnist has disclosed: “If Carole Middleton has not put a stiletto out of place since her daughter, Kate, began her relationship with Prince William, it may be because she has found a formidable coach in the mother of another very famous child. Jane Henman has, I am told, been a constant source of counsel to Mrs Middleton in recent years. The women are expected to attend the Olympic tennis at Wimbledon together.” The Henmans have previously invited the Middletons as their guests during the Wimbledon Championships.