The Cambridge family is full of tennis lovers, from All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club patron Duchess Kate right down to six-year-old Prince George, so it makes total sense that the duchess has been taking lessons in her spare time!
The Duchess of Cambridge has recently been spotted at the exclusive Hurlingham club in London’s Fulham neighbourhood, and the sporty royal has – ahem – been causing a racquet with her skills. Other members have been seriously impressed with her game.
“She hits the ball with nice top spin,” a club staffer told People. “She is a good minor athlete.”
“Kate has been at Hurlingham a lot over the summer,” a source told HELLO! UK earlier this year. “She takes all the kids. There’s a gorgeous playground they all love, and George and Charlotte have tennis lessons. They all pile into the clubhouse afterwards for lunch or tea and they’re never bothered, they’re just like any normal family. They all seem to really love it there.”
Kate loves tennis so much that she continued to head to the club for lessons when she was pregnant with Louis. And the duchess is passing her love of the sport on to her kids! Earlier this year, it was revealed George had received lessons from tennis legend Roger Federer, who is his favourite player.
And Roger thinks the future King is already pretty great on the court! After winning his second-round match at Wimbledon on July 4, the current world No. 3 confirmed he had been meeting with the little prince, who he called “cute.”
“At that stage it’s all about just touch the ball, it’s already good,” he said, according to HELLO! UK . “Same with my boys.”
As for being George’s favourite player, Roger was a bit more self-deprecating.
“I think I have a little advantage that I actually spent some time, you know, with him,” he said. “I’m the only player he’s ever met. Then you have a little head start in who is your favourite player.”
In 2017, when she visited the Lawn Tennis Association, she shared that George was just learning how to play the sport, and asked one of its coaches, Sam Richardson, for advice.
“She says with George just being four he wants to whack a ball, so she was asking what sort of stuff she should be doing,” Sam said at the time, according to HELLO! UK. “They will struggle at that age to hit a ball. She said he’s interested in it, but more in whacking the ball.”
Of course, Kate has also taken up a racquet and showed off her skills during engagements, too, such as 2016, when she helped Judy Murray – Andy Murray’s mother – hold workshops for kids! Sam also revealed Judy had been giving Kate advice on how to develop George’s racquet skills.