The Duchess of Cambridge is no stranger to the tennis world, often photographed in Wimbledon’s royal box, and now tennis star Andre Agassi is speaking out about the royal watcher.
“She’s a sweetheart of a lady,” Agassi said in an interview with Hello! magazine.
“I don’t know her well and quite honestly I don’t get the whole royalty thing – in the sense that they’re celebrities on steroids or something. I can empathise with some of that, but it’s fascinating to watch from the outside. You have to be on your game all the time!”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met Agassi and his wife, Steffi Graff, in 2012 at Wimbledon in the Royal Box.
In an interview for a BBC One documentary, “Sue Barker: Our Wimbledon” to mark 90 years of Wimbledon coverage on the television channel, the Duchess of Cambridge spoke of her love for tennis.
“I was really taken by [Andre] Agassi and [Pete] Sampras, [Goran] Ivanisevic and Steffi Graff. That for me was my first memories,” she says of watching the sport in her childhood.
“It inspires young people including myself. Every time Wimbledon is on I am thinking, ‘Yes, I could do the same’ and get out the racket. Sadly, not the same results,” she joked.
The Duchess of Cambridge took over patronage of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, the organisation that oversees Wimbledon, from The Queen last Christmas.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted over the years at Wimbledon, but missed Andy Murray winning the 2013 men’s final on doctor’s orders as she was heavily pregnant with Prince George.
“I wrote to him afterwards saying sorry for not being there.”
She attended her first day at Wimbledon as its patron on 3 July, where she met with the ball boys and ball girls, medics, and safety teams. She then watched the first Centre Court match between Andy Murray and Alexander Bublik.