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The Duchess of Cambridge shows off her tennis skills

This morning, the Duchess of Cambridge visited the National Tennis Centre where she practised some essential skills with the children and picked up some tips on tennis for Prince George.

While speaking to Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) coach Sam Richardson, the Duchess revealed that Prince George “only wants to whack the ball.”

Richardson suggested it is best to let children “show interest” in the sport.

He later spoke to BBC about his conversation with Kate, saying: “She asked what kind of stuff George should be doing [at his age].

“He is interested in tennis but, being four, he just wants to whack the ball.”

Adding on: “She said she had also spoken to Judy Murray, who advised her to take the racket away and just focus on skills.”

While at the centre, the Duchess also showed off her tennis skills with some of the youngsters despite being three months pregnant.

She met with children from the Tennis for Kids event, a few of the UK’s most promising tennis stars and youth from the Coach Core apprenticeship scheme.


Coach Core falls under the umbrella of The Royal Foundation, which was started by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The scheme allows people between 16-24 years old who would otherwise be unable, to train to become coaches and role models in their community.

Kate also met with Alfie Hewett, a two-time Wimbledon doubles champion and two-time silver medal holder at the Rio Paralympics.

Speaking to the Sun, Hewett said: “She did not have to come here while she was pregnant.

“She obviously has a lot going on and a lot of respect for the sport, for this community and tennis.”

The Duchess, who has long been a tennis fan, became Patron of the LTA for nearly a year. She took the role over from Her Majesty who held the position for 64-years.

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