Kate Middleton and Sir Andy Murray join forces for a video call with kids to mark the end of Wimbledon
The Duchess of Cambridge accompanied Sir Andy Murray on a video call to schoolchildren to highlight what would have been Wimbledon’s final weekend.
Kate Middleton, 38, and Sir Andy, 33, shared tennis tips and lockdown stories with Bond Primary School students in Mitcham, South London.
Sir Andy, who shares three children with wife Kim Sears, admitted that he found homeschooling “difficult” and said finding creative activities to keep the family busy was a challenge.
Kate has previously spoken about how she and Prince William spent a lot of time outside in the garden of their Norfolk home in Anmer Hall with children Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.
Kate Middleton, 38, and Sir Andy, 33, shared tennis tips and lockdown stories with Bond Primary School students in Mitcham, South London. Pictured, Kate during the video call
Sir Andy, pictured during the call, who shares three children with wife Kim Sears, admitted he found homeschooling “difficult” and said finding creative activities was a challenge
Dressed in a £ 665 dress printed with tennis players, the Duchess surprised the children with Sir Andy as a special guest and interrupted her virtual royal visit to reveal that someone was on the line.
Kate asked the children to guess the visitor and said, “I have a very important person here who would like to meet you and maybe share some tennis tips with you.
“I’ll give you a few pointers and see if you can guess who this special guy might be.
“So he … is a he. He plays tennis for Great Britain. He is a two-time Olympic champion. He’s a former number one in the world … Can you guess who this is? ‘
A boy played ‘Andy Murray’ followed by applause when the former Wimbledon champion appeared on the screen.
Sir Andy, who would normally play at Wimbledon this week, answered questions from aspiring tennis players and revealed that he missed big matches, friends and family, but spent time with home schooling and a new hobby of cycling.
The Duchess briefly turned interviewer and asked father of two Sir Andy about his lockdown experience and if he had kept up with the training.
The Duchess surprised the children with Sir Andy as a special guest and interrupted her virtual royal visit to reveal that someone was waiting on the line. Pictured, during the call
He said he found it manageable for the first five or six weeks, admitting that he “probably found it more difficult to find things for the kids to do, to stay creative with ideas and games to enjoy.
“We do homeschooling which is difficult. It was difficult, but sometimes I really enjoyed it, ”he said.
He hasn’t played tennis for about ten weeks, he said, but kept in shape with cycling.
“I went out on my road bike, something I’ve never done before, so that’s something new I learned at the end,” he added. “In these times it is very important to stay as active as possible, because it is also good for the mind.”
The Duchess told him, “There are also many tennis players here at Bond Primary School. Do you have any questions you would like to ask Andy? ‘
The youth and coaches asked why he chose tennis as a career, if he remembered his first tennis match and hard-back comebacks, while Sir Andy spoke about the importance of having good family and friends around him to “ move forward and hard by working ‘setbacks’.
“And Andy, do you have any tips for these guys if they want to play tennis more professionally?” Kate asked.
“The most important thing is to have fun,” said Sir Andy. “If you enjoy it, you get more out of your lessons and practice. Listen to your coach, which is very important. Those are the two most important things at your age.
“If you play games or play games, try very hard.
“But winning and losing is not the most important thing. The most important thing is sports and being active.
“If you choose it as your career, winning and losing will change a bit, of course.”
The Duchess and Sir Andy asked the kids about their other favorite sports and laughed as they animatedly shared their favorite Chelsea and Tottenham football teams.
“Ooo big rivalry there,” said the tennis shaft.
Before saying goodbye, the Duchess asked Sir Andy if he had missed any matches.
He said, “I think I miss the big leagues because I’m getting old for a tennis player – you never know how many chances you have left to play the biggest leagues. It is of course a pity to miss Wimbledon this week.
“I missed traveling … because I don’t see friends like everyone else. Family, I haven’t seen my mom and dad for a few months so I’m looking forward to seeing them again hopefully soon.
“There have been some challenges, but I think sometimes when you go through difficult moments like this, you learn to appreciate the things that you sometimes took for granted?
“I’ll definitely make sure I spend more time with my family and friends if I get the chance.”
“Exactly,” replied the Duchess. “And hopefully that time is also relatively close.”
Sitting by a quaint window in her Norfolk home, the Duchess paid the ‘royal visit’ in her role as patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) and spoke to students at Bond Primary School in Mitcham prior to what would have been the last weekend of The Championships, Wimbledon.
She visited the school earlier in January 2018 to see the work of the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative, AELTC’s community tennis program, where coaches give tennis lessons to school children in the Merton and Wandsworth neighborhoods for free.
At the end of the children’s tennis lesson with AELTC head coach Dan Bloxham, the Duchess asked them about their time in confinement and if they had missed their friends, and heard about their new school social bubble regime.
An instructor said the children were “on fire” that day during training, with the Duchess asking “What kind of things have you learned?”
Shown one of the exercises, in which young players ran quickly on the spot, she said: ‘Fantastic! Isn’t that very important for your footwork? ‘
Speaking slowly so that she could be heard after a short delay, she asked, “Did you all miss that you did a lot of exercise and stuff, during the lockdown? What kind of things have you been able to do? ‘
She went on to empathize: “It’s really hard, not to keep that self-motivation going. It is very impressive that you have kept that training going. ‘
When she learned about the best things to watch at Wimbledon, she added, “She [players] also show a lot of sportsmanship. I think tennis is great for that, especially Wimbledon. ‘
This year, Wimbledon was canceled for a fortnight due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The AELTC instead ran ‘Wimbledon Recreated’, a campaign to promote Wimbledon, tennis and sports through archival competitions.
In addition to £ 1.2 million in Wimbledon Foundation donations to local and national charities, the AELTC also supplies hot meals to the local community, distributes strawberries to local hospitals, provides towels to the homeless through the charity crisis and tennis balls to clubs across the country via the MJA.