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The Princess of Wales & Roger Federer Play a Little Tennis at Wimbledon

The Princess of Wales & Roger Federer Play a Little Tennis at Wimbledon

Tonight Kensington Palace released a video of the Princess of Wales playing tennis with Roger Federer and working with Wimbledon ball boys and girls.

More from this Sky News piece

The Princess of Wales has joined tennis great Roger Federer for a behind-the-scenes look at the work of Wimbledon’s ball boys and girls.

Kate and the eight-time Wimbledon champion watched a training session where youngsters were hoping to impress selectors and bag one of the 250 spots for the tournament next month.

And from The Telegraph’s coverage

The pair took to the club’s famous No.3 Court for a doubles rally to show their support for the Wimbledon ball boys and girls.

Federer, who is the most successful male grass court player of all time and an eight-time Wimbledon champion, and the Princess, who is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), showed off their tennis skills in the new video.

A Wimbledon ball girl, Mollie, is seen guiding the Princess through the proper stance and ball-feeding style.

“Any tips on my serve would be very helpful,” Kate tells Federer, to which he responds: “The serve looks good.”

After playing, the Princess and Mr. Federer participated in a training session for prospective ball boys and girls.

We return to The Telegraph story

The teenagers, all from local schools, take part in regimented training sessions over several months before a final cohort is selected.

For every tournament, the selection comprises approximately 170 new participants as well as around 80 returning ball boys and girls from previous years.

During the filming, Federer said: “This is proper practice, I’m really impressed at how much effort and training goes into being a ball kid during The Championships.

“I used to be a ball kid in Basel when I was nine or 10 and as I have always said: once a ball kid always a ball kid.”

Now for a quick rundown of what Kate wore in the video, starting with the Wimbledon Performance Full Zip Jacket ($190) made in a nylon/elastane blend. She also has on the Wimbledon Core Performance Sleeveless Polo ($83) in a fabric that is 94% recycled polyester and 6% elastane. Her Barricade skort is a 2013 design from the Stella McCartney/Adidas collection. 

We saw a new pair of trainers on the Princess, the Babolat Jet Mach 3 in white, designed for use on grass courts.

I show the style at Wimbledon ($200), but a Babolat Jet Mach 3 that looks almost identical is available at Amazon ($109). Thank you to Middleton Maven and UFO No More for their ID work!

The Princess wore her Orelia Chain Huggie Hoop Earrings ($24). 

Wimbledon begins on Monday, July 3, just a bit more than a week from now. Here is the entire 4-minute video. 

 We’ll see you Tuesday when the Princess officially opens Hope Street in Southampton, a pioneering family-friendly residential community that will pilot a new approach to supporting women in the justice system.

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Dawn C

Thursday 13th of July 2023

Oh to have Catherine's athletic build. I am the same height and probably about 10lbs heavier than she is but I do not have that natural athletic build she and Pippa have. A good friend of mine has their same build and I am just a bit envious. I have to work for it! Lol.

At any rate, I love seeing her at these sporty events and anything else outdoors because I can relate to those events and how she dresses for them. I definitely do not dress in gowns and tiaras for galas and movie premieres, (though I would kill for her Top Gun: Maverick look, make no mistake!!) or go to all of those official events. Really, she looks at ease and happy no matter what her assignment is and I can imagine when she and William take the throne she will carry that energy with her.


Wednesday 28th of June 2023

That is the most perfect ponytail I have ever seen! And it still looked good at the end after running around!


Tuesday 27th of June 2023

I love ALL of this! And I want that jacket!


Monday 26th of June 2023

I had no idea of the training involved for the role of ball girl/boy, and am really impressed. What an interesting engagement. And oh yeah, her “serve looks good”, says Federer. Wow!

Mia Gottlieb

Sunday 25th of June 2023

A most adorable Princess! Loved the video.

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