Saturday 19 August 2017

PM beats Becker in charity match

Prime Minister David Cameron shakes hands with Boris Becker during a charity tennis match at Chequers
Prime Minister David Cameron shakes hands with Boris Becker during a charity tennis match at Chequers
Prime Minister David Cameron plays a shot during a charity tennis match

David Cameron faced tennis legend Boris Becker in a charity match on Saturday - and came out on top.

The Prime Minister lived the dream of many keen amateurs by stepping on court at his Chequers residence with the former Wimbledon champion.

The event in Buckinghamshire came about after an auction in aid of the Kirsty Club, fronted by brave Kirsty Howard, who was born with a rare heart condition.

Caroline Wynn and Sharon Kettle bid £8,250 to take part in a game with Becker and Mr Cameron.

The money will help the Francis House Children's Hospice in Didsbury, Manchester.

The single-set contest went to six games all, before a delighted Mr Cameron and Ms Wynn eventually won a tie-break 8-6.

The premier - who was described by onlookers as "very competitive" - then joined forces with Becker for a knock-up against the two women while wife Samantha looked on.

However, perhaps fortunately for Mr Cameron, there was no time for a singles match against the ex-pro.

Mr Cameron's enthusiasm for tennis is well known. His playing partners include former British number one Andrew Castle, and he has also taken on Commons Speaker John Bercow.

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