Duchess Kate and Andy Murray surprise young tennis players with joint video call

By Heather Cichowski

Game, set, match! Duchess Kate and Andy Murray surprised young tennis players from Bond Primary School in South London last week ahead of what would have been the famous weekend of Wimbledon Championships.

The video of their call was shared on the Kensington Royal Instagram on July 10. The Duchess of Cambridge, who is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, started off the call solo and announced that a very special guest would be joining them. She offered clues to the students, saying how "he was a two-time Olympic champion" and a "former World No. 1." Of course, the keen tennis fans correctly guessed Sir Andy Murray!

During the joint video call, Andy answered questions and shared his experiences of playing tennis growing up. He revealed what he has been doing during the COVID-19 lockdown and also gave the young tennis players some tips!

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The coronavirus pandemic meant that Andy wasn't able to play tennis for about ten weeks. He revealed he enjoyed staying home with his family and not being away travelling, but had some challenges with homeschooling and keeping his children entertained.

For training and keeping active, the tennis professional enjoyed cycling and going on his road bike, which was a new experience for him.

"It's quite important in these times to stay as active as you can because it's good for the mind, I think, as well for mental health," Andy stated.

Kate helped Judy Murray, Andy Murray’s mother, host workshops for teenagers in Scotland in 2016. Photo: © Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge also prompted the tennis champion for any tips.

"And Andy, have you got any tips for these guys going forward if they want to take up tennis a bit more professionally?" she asked.

“The most important thing is to have fun," he replied. "If you're enjoying it, you get more out of your lessons and your practising.

"Listening to your coach is very important. That would be the two most important things at your age."

He also shared his philosophy about winning.

"If you’re competing or playing any matches, try really hard in them. But winning and losing isn't the most important thing.

"Enjoying playing a sport and being active is the most important thing. If you do go on to choose it as your career, or do sport as your career, obviously the winning and losing changes a bit, but whilst you're young, the most important thing is to be enjoying it, listening and having a good coach."

Kate is a big tennis fan and regularly attends Wimbledon, like many of the Middletons. The coronavirus pandemic caused the 2020 Wimbledon Championships to be cancelled, but the mom of three still showed her support for the game during the call by wearing a tennis-printed dress from HVN!

This striking green dress with tennis print was perfect for the call with Andy Murray and the young tennis players! Photo: © HVN

The Tennis Long Maria Dress, US$775, is from Harley Viera-Newton's fashion brand and features tiny tennis players in the design! The duchess rounded out the look with her hair scooped back into a sophisticated updo. She also wore a pair of understated drop earrings.

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