Mom, Dad, Beckham? ATP Tennis Stars Reveal Their ‘Plus-Ones’ for a Royal Box Invite

Published 07/11/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 2, 2021 Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives in the royal box on centre court before the third round match between Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur and Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Wimbledon is arguably the most prestigious tennis tournament on the calendar. While fans surround Centre Court in the stands, the Royal Box is often the most luxurious place to watch the action unfold.

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With the grass court Grand Slam reaching its end this year, a few players weighed in on who they would take with them to the Royal Box.

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Denis Shapovalov, John Millman and other tennis stars reveal who they’d take to the Royal Box

The Royal Box plays host to several seats reserved for the Royal Family to watch Wimbledon. While are just 74 such seats, some of the biggest celebrities often sit in this luxurious part of Centre Court.

Ahead of the Men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini, some of the ATP players took time to answer questions about the iconic grass court. During the session, they were asked who they would take to the Royal Box if they got two tickets.

While Dustin Brown acknowledged it as a good question, he admitted it would be his mother. He said, “Good question, never thought about it. First thing, I’d probably ask my mom.” 

Australian Alex De Minaur also gave the same answer, while joking that the ATP should upload his answer on the Internet. He said, “My mum. Make sure you cut that, and post this part!”

Fellow Aussie John Millman admitted he would take his father since he loves the iconic grass court. He said“It’s got to be my Dad. He loves coming to Wimbledon!” However, World No. 10 Denis Shapovalov admitted he would take his girlfriend Mirjam Bjorklund with him. “My girlfriend, Mirjam. Didn’t even have to think, you know. Of course!”

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Felix Auger-Aliassime would take another celebrity instead

While most players admitted they would take their loved ones, World No. 19 Felix Auger-Aliassime revealed he would take English football icon David Beckham with him. The former Manchester United player was seen recently at the iconic grass court, which the Canadian believes would help him in his experience.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime celebrates winning his fourth round match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Toby Melville

He said, “David Beckham has been going to Wimbledon for many years. He’d show me around, yeah. That’d be good.”

While the Royal Box has seen many glittering personalities, there will be more to come in the future.

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