Kate was ‘advised not to attend’ Wimbledon despite desperate begging to go | Royal | News

As the Royal Patron of the All England Club, Kate presented the winners’ trophies at the end of the tournament.

An avid tennis fan took over the Duchess after the Queen in 2016, but even before the patronage, she was a fixture on the SW19 courts.

One year, however, Kate was stopped from participating in the historic tournament – despite asking to go – and missed out on a major British victory.

It came in 2013 when Andy Murray reached the men’s final and bid to become the first British man to win the Grand Slam since Fred Perry in 1936.

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When she met him after the fight, Kate said, “Congratulations, it was a great fight.”

While William said, “So happy on your behalf, well done,” and Kate added, “You can relax with your family now.”

Meanwhile, two years ago, Kate Murray was mentioned as one of her sports heroes during a call to school children.

The championship was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, so the Duchess came in with a video call to school children and asked them about their sports training before revealing that she had a special guest waiting to join them.

She told them, “I have a very important person here who will come and join us, who would love to meet you and maybe even be able to share some tennis tips with you,” before presenting the Wimbledon winner.

Murray went on to answer questions from aspiring tennis players, admitting he lacked great matches, friends and family.

This year, Murray left the competition in the second round in the hands of the big-serving John Isner.

That defeat followed a victory in the first round over Australian player James Duckworth.

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