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The Duchess of Cambridge is well-known to be a keen sporting fan, so it should come as no surprise that she’s keen for her children to follow in her footsteps and take an interest in outdoor activities too.
And during an engagement with the Lawn Tennis Association, Catherine made it clear that she’s attempting to get excitable young son Prince George into tennis.
The Duchess has long had a passion for the game, attending Wimbledon almost every year since marrying Prince William, and taking over as patron of the LTA from the Queen last year.
On Tuesday 31st October, she visited the Lawn Tennis Association to take part in tennis drills with children, speak to tennis coaches, and to chat with players including Johanna Konta, number 1 British tennis player.
According to LTA coach Sam Richardson, Catherine was keen to get a bit of insight into getting famously boisterous George to take part in the sport, revealing that he’s not quite got the hang of it just yet…
He shared, “She says with George just being four he wants to whack a ball, so she was asking what sort of stuff should she be doing. They will struggle at that age to hit a ball. She said he’s interested in it, but more in whacking the ball.”
Sam also revealed that the Duchess has been relying on family friend Judy Murray, who coached sons Andy and Jamie, for advice.
He said, “She said she spoke to Judy Murray and she suggested taking away the racket and do more of the basic stuff, which is absolutely right. But four-year-old boys want to swing the racket around,”
We’re sure he’ll pick it up soon enough!
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Catherine also met up with wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett whilst at the event, who said that it was clear how much the Duchess loved the sport, given that she attended the engagement whilst suffering from morning sickness resulting from her third pregnancy.
He 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.”