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Duchess Kate Is Disappointed About Wimbledon, Too

Two of the Royals’ favorite sporting events–Royal Ascot and Wimbledon–have been cancelled this year. Where else are they supposed to wear fancy hats or eat strawberries and cream? One of their castles? As if!

Ahem, anyway, Duchess Kate has recorded a message for disappointed tennis fans who will be missing Wimbledon this year.

The oldest tennis tournament hasn’t been canceled since the Blitz during World War II. That’s how seriously officials are taking the pandemic. There was simply no way to keep the players, staff, and fans safe.

Videos Provide Bittersweet Message for Fans

Duchess Kate is a tennis fan and often attends matches along with other members of the Royal Family. She narrated a brief video for the official Twitter account of the tournament as part of their “Wimbledon Recreated” campaign.

“350 days, 14 hours, and 12 minutes between the last ball hit and when the next was meant to be. Over the years, your support has shaped this historic event. No matter the time of day nor the names on the scoreboard, you have always been there come rain or shine,” she says over a montage of footage from tournaments of years past.

“This year, though things are very different. But we will bide our time until we sit at the edge of our seats again, and celebrate again. So when the time is right and we open the gates, we will be back again, and it will have been worth the wait.”

Wimbledon Recreated

Wimbledon also cut together a video of fan-created footage of playing tennis in their backyards, fields, apartments… It’s a cute, if somewhat bittersweet, video that celebrates the love of tennis on grass courts, crisp white outfits, and bowls of strawberries and cream.

The highlight is doubtless Serena Williams in a spangled white catsuit with a dangerously low neckline. She was famously banned from wearing a black catsuit at the French Open, so her fashion choice has an element of protest. Williams was also an honored guest at Harry and Meghan’s wedding.

Not Making the Mistake of the Adria Tour

The move to cancel the tennis tournament follows the disastrous decision by top-ranked player Novak Djokovic to hold his own mini-tour for frustrated tennis fans. Djokovic and several other highly ranked players decided to host a series of exhibition matches across Serbia and Croatia.

Fans were not required to wear masks or practice social distancing. The Adria Tour unsurprisingly resulted in several players testing positive for COVID-19. No word on whether fans also experienced a surge in infections, but Djokovic, his wife Jelena, and three other players tested positive.

“Unfortunately, this virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with. I am hoping things will ease with time so we can all resume lives the way they were,” Djokovic said in a statement released Tuesday. “I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine.”

Ella Lyons

Ella Lyons

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