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Iconic Hall of Famer Pens Down Charming Roger Federer Moment With Late Queen Elizabeth II at Wimbledon: ‘Everybody Had Big Eyes”

Published 09/20/2022, 5:50 AM EDT

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Former British tennis star Virginia Wade paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on her demise as she remembered meeting her on two occasions. She and Roger Federer had the honor of meeting the late Queen Elizabeth II in 2010 at Wimbledon. These two tennis giants were among the handful who were invited to share a lunch table with the Queen.

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Queen Elizabeth II reigned for 70 years, from 1952 to 2022, and died on September 8, 2022. She ruled over 32 sovereign states during her reign, and 15 at the time of her death. Her passion for tennis was clear as she attended The All England Club four times during her tenure. After a long and prosperous life, the Queen passed away at the age of 96.


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Virginia Wade remembers a beautiful experience at Wimbledon with the Queen and Roger Federer

In an interview with Eurosport, Virginia Wade talked about a time when a very small group of people got to have lunch with the Queen of England. Along with Federer and Wade, other prominent stars like Roger Taylor, Ann Jones, and Angela Mortimer were also present.

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She said, “Roger was on the Queen’s right and I was on the left. Everybody had big eyes, but it was wonderful to see Federer so entranced by what she was saying. We all had this really in-depth, diverse conversation, and she knew all about how tennis was going. She knew all about Roger, and I think she knew about me”.


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The career of Virginia Wade, the British tennis star

Virginia Wade, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, has four grand slam singles and three doubles titles. The Briton was ranked in the top 10 for thirteen years in a row, reaching a career-high number two in November 1975. Wade’s most famous triumph was at Wimbledon in 1977, when she won the singles title after 16 attempts. The Queen’s Silver Jubilee occurred to be that year, and she was at the tournament to see her victory.


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Virginia Wade was the last Brit to have won at Wimbledon until Andy Murray in 2013. After her retirement, she remained active in the tennis world, providing her expert opinion as an analyst during matches.

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Payal Ahuja


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Payal Ahuja is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. She has extensive experience in delivering lectures as a faculty for tests like GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and IELTS. Payal is an avid sports fan, with a particular interest in tennis and cricket.
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