Wednesday 18 October 2017

Irishman to raffle skirt as Wimbledon clip goes viral

Chris Quinn at Wimbledon
Chris Quinn at Wimbledon

Ed Carty

An Irishman who squeezed into Kim Clijsters's skirt at Wimbledon after shouting advice from the crowd is to raffle the garment for charity.

Chris Quinn, captain of Greystones Lawn Tennis Club in Co Wicklow, was pulled from the stands to tackle the former grand slam champion's serve after heckling players in the ladies' invitation doubles on Friday.

But the 46-year-old's antics became an online sensation when Clijsters spotted his blue shorts and green T-shirt would have breached the strict dress code at the All-England Club.

Mr Quinn, who swapped American Football for tennis seven years ago, is to raffle the clothing for the Gavin Glynn Foundation, which helps terminally ill children.

"I have the skirt, or the skort as they call it, and we are going to auction it for charity," he said.

"I wouldn't normally be the extrovert like this. I'll roll with it for as long as I can."

Millions of people have watched the clip from Wimbledon. Mr Quinn, on his first visit to the tournament, replaced one of Belgian Clijsters's opponents on court, managed to return a serve but failed to hit the ball when he tried for a second point.

"My first notion when I put my first footsteps on the court was that I was expecting to be mugged by the security," he said.

"Then I came to realise that I'm on court at Wimbledon, this is pretty cool.

"She [Clijsters] started to put the skirt on me and I said 'you're going to struggle' and I just said 'give them to me', there's no point trying to be pretty about it.

"It's not often you'd get Kim Clijsters and Conchita Martinez on the floor of the court at Wimbledon in stitches laughing," he said.

Clijsters and Australian partner Rennae Stubbs went on to win the match 6-2 7-5.

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