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Monday 25 September 2017

Chris from Wicklow a star turn at Wimbledon

Chris's dreams come true as he is plucked from the crowd
Chris's dreams come true as he is plucked from the crowd
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

It was the moment that an Irishman became the toast of Wimbledon - even if he had to don a skirt to do it.

But for Chris Quinn, the enthusiastic captain of Greystones Tennis Club in Co Wicklow, his moment of glory on the hallowed courts of London SW19 is one to cherish.

Chris is dressed in regulation whites
Chris is dressed in regulation whites

Chris was watching an invitational doubles match featuring Belgium's four-time Grand Slam winner Kim Clijsters on Court Three when he had the temerity to shout a suggestion about where she should serve.

Clijsters challenged him to face her serve by taking the place of her opponent.

Of course Chris accepted. Then, to howls of laughter, he had to don a white tennis skirt so he wasn't breaking Wimbledon's strict dress code which requires every player to wear all-white.

And he did well on court, returning a rather venomous serve from Ms Clijsters.

Chris stands ready to return service - in a white skirt!
Chris stands ready to return service - in a white skirt!

Mr Quinn later thanked Ms Clijsters, tweeting to her: "Thank you for going easy on me with the serve. You have made me a bigger hero to my three daughters who worship you by the way."

He added: "Will teach me to open my mouth again... They were awesome. And I got to play in Wimbledon. One off the bucket list."

Sunday Independent

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