Saturday 21 April 2018

Pippa reveals Wimbledon title dream

The Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa in the Royal Box during the 2012 Wimbledon Championships
The Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa in the Royal Box during the 2012 Wimbledon Championships

Pippa Middleton harboured dreams of becoming a Wimbledon tennis champion, the Duchess of Cambridge's sister has revealed.

Today she may be better known for the attention her bottom received during Kate's wedding, and her much-lampooned party planning book which features tips like "sharp-bladed scissors" are best for cutting wrapping paper.

But when eight years old she wanted to be crowned the champion of SW19 and visited the famous home of British tennis.

Writing in the latest edition of the glossy magazine Vanity Fair she describes how she left Wimbledon clutching a postcard showing the trophy won by Steffi Graf that year, and wrote on the back that she would one day win the Venus Rosewater Dish, reported the website

Kate's younger sister has landed a job as a contributing editor with Vanity Fair, according to the website, and in the edition published on Friday she gives her guide to the famous tennis tournament.

Women visiting Wimbledon are advised to abandon their high heeled shoes, and she suggests spectators should find alternatives to driving to the venue like cycling or walking, and not to make plans in the evening in case a match overruns.

She writes: "There's nothing worse than having to leave Rafael Nadal's athleticism for a routine pizza with friends."

Pippa's father Michael left her cringing one year when they had tickets for a Tim Henman and Pete Sampras clash.

She writes in the magazine: "When Tim Henman walked onto the court, the crowd cheered him, and as he walked near our seats my dad mistakenly yelled, 'Come on Pete'."

The advice is accompanied by a photo shoot showing Miss Middleton racquet in-hand and in another picture she rides a bicycle. Another Wimbledon memory is her queuing with older sister Kate, now heavily pregnant with her first child, on people's Sunday in 2004 to get £35 tickets for Centre Court.

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