Saturday 21 April 2018

Roger and Mirka Federer celebrate as Wimbledon stars reveal their glamorous side at Champions' Dinner

Roger and Mirka Federer arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Roger and Mirka Federer arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Sophie Jamieson

Wimbledon champions Roger Federer and Garbine Muguruza swapped their tennis whites for glamorous evening wear as they arrived at the Champions' Dinner on Sunday night.

The event, which marks the end of the tournament, took place at the Guildhall, London.

Traditionally, the men's and ladies' singles champions celebrate their victories by dancing together.

But a spokeswoman for the All England Club said there was no dance floor at the venue, and that part of the evening was discontinued in the 1970s.

That might not stop the 2017 winners though.

On Sunday night Spain's Muguruza tweeted "@rogerfederer are you ready to dance? #ChampionsDinner".

The Swiss star replied: "Bring it on champ", as well as posting a selfie of himself on the way to the dinner, dressed in a suit and tie.

Last year Andy Murray declined to dance with women's singles champion Serena Williams, but later partied into the early hours of the morning at a London nightclub.

Jamie Murray and Alejandra Gutierrez arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Jamie Murray and Alejandra Gutierrez arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Roger and Mirka Federer arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Sara Foster arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Tommy Haas and Sara Foster arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Martina Hingis arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Martina Hingis arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Tommy Haas and Sara Foster arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Jamie Murray and Alejandra Gutierrez arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Roger and Mirka Federer arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit : Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Heather Watson arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Virginia Wade arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Garbine Muguruza arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Garbine Muguruza arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Marion Bartoli arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Alfie Hewett (right) arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Marcelo Melo arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Rod Laver arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit : Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Elena Vesnina (left) and Ekaterina Makarova arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2017, at the Guildhall, London. Photo credit : Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

The previous year Williams and Novak Djokovic did take to the floor together.

The event was a special night for Federer, who won his eighth men's singles title at SW19 on Sunday, an all-time record.

He beat Croatian Marin Cilic in straight sets, in an emotional final.

Muguruza, 23, lost a Wimbledon final to Serena Williams two years ago, but came back fighting on Saturday. She beat Venus Williams to win a second grand slam title.

In a post-match press conference, when asked who she would prefer to dance with at the dinner, Muguruza said: "Roger. And I like Cilic, I have to say seriously.

"But I want to see if he's that elegant also dancing."

Telegraph.co.uk

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