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Just an Aussie Open short of the Pippa Slam


Five things about Pippa Middleton’s trip to the US Open: 

If Middleton travels to Melbourne next January for the Australian Open, she will have completed the Pippa Slam, a career grand slam of tennis hob-nobbing. This summer, she sat in the Royal Box at Wimbledon with her sister Kate, and she has previously been to the French Open.

Middleton, whose parents are friends with Tim Henman’s mother and father, is almost as well-connected in the tennis world as she is in Boujis. On Tuesday she was at Flushing Meadows as a guest of Roger Federer’s, and on Wednesday, the day that Andy Roddick played the last match of his career, she was seated with his friends and family. The Evening Standard suggested that “Pippa brought a little bit Fulham to Flushing Meadows. Who won the match? Who cares? The important point here is that Pippa accessorised her colour-block Paper London sundress and Kate Spade bag with 24-year-old Spancer Vegosen, a former US junior tennis champ and Harvard graduate, who speaks Spanish, Japanese and two different dialects of Chinese. His greased-back Gordon Gekko hair and Goldman Sachs credentials are clear signals of potential entry to the Pippa posse. He’s also rather well-connected, what with his dad being the president of the US Tennis Association.” As the paper put it: “The bottom has landed.”

It was soon after Middleton arrived at the Louis Armstrong Stadium on Wednesday – she moved courts after Roddick’s match was over – that Andy Murray perked up in his quarter-final against Marin Cilic. 

She was spotted in conversation with Federer’s wife, Mirka. She also went on a behind-the-scenes tour at Flushing Meadows which included visiting the media centre.

Middleton, a member of Queen’s Club, is a keen tennis player. There hasn’t been any time for tennis on her trip to America, but she did play some table tennis with a 55-year-old millionaire hotelier called Andre Balazs. The New York Post’s Page Six gossip column reported that there was “definite chemistry” between the two. The table tennis match was apparently “flirt central”.