Monday 20 January 2020

This guy went to Wimbledon dressed as the men’s singles trophy

It’s not the first time he’s attended in an eye-catching costume…

This Wimbledon fan caught the eye on Monday (Steven Paston/PA)
This Wimbledon fan caught the eye on Monday (Steven Paston/PA)

By Press Association Sport staff

Wimbledon fans had to do a double-take on Monday when a walking, talking men’s singles trophy strode the grounds of the All England Club.

American tennis fan Chris Fava had queued for five days to secure a Centre Court seat, and not for the first time he arrived in elaborate fancy dress.

In previous years he has rolled up dressed as a strawberry and as Rufus the Hawk, the bird of prey that keeps pigeons away from the courts, but this time he was in all gold, all the way down to his toe nails.

Fan Chris Fava, dressed as the men’s singles trophy, made a Centre Court appearance on Monday (Steven Paston/PA)

Each year Mr Fava sets aside his job as a graphic designer to attend the championships.

Last year he looked ready to take to the skies and ward off uninvited airborne visitors to the grass-court grand slam.

And in 2016 he caught attention in a strawberry outfit.

He was looking forward on Monday to taking in the Centre Court action, with Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal all due to play.

He told the Evening Standard that Wimbledon officials were initially reluctant to let him enter the grounds in his elaborate get-up.

But Mr Fava won them around and was eagerly posing for pictures with fans as he walked around the large site.

Fan, Chris Fava, dressed as the Wimbledon trophy, arrives on day seven of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.

Mr Fava first caught the eye at Wimbledon at the 2013 championships, when he turned up in a costume that saw him dubbed “Blue Sky Guy”.

Describing his latest costume, he said he had the idea in March, and was now looking forward to showing it off.

He could not secure the precise seat he wanted on the court, yet there was likely to be no missing him.

“I was first in the queue, but they didn’t have that specific seat,” he said of his preferred choice, on the Wimbledon Channel.

“But it’s all right, I’m still in a good section, right where the cameras are shooting, right past the server, so that’s pretty cool.”

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