A portly tennis fan was invited to face the serve of former World Number 1 Kim Clijsters after he shouted advice to her during a friendly Wimbledon doubles match.
The Daily Mail reports,
In keeping with the Wimbledon rule that every players has to wear all white, Clijsters quickly went into her bag and fetched a spare skirt so Quinn could cover his blue shorts and partake in the action.
Today’s exciting events in SW19 also saw a host of glittering celebrities including Poldark’s Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson turn out to watch the women’s final between Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza.
Garbine Muguruza ensured it was a triumphant Wimbledon for Spain when she lifted her second Grand Slam title.
The commentators doubted whether Quinn could fit in the skirt, exclaiming ‘Kim, this isn’t going to work. They are not going to get over the knees.’
However, he managed to get in, albeit with some struggle.
At this point, the crowd was in raptures and Clijsters was seen holding her stomach on the floor as she erupted with laughter.
The 34-year-old and her Australian team-mate Rennae Stubbs were then ready to face-off to opponents former World Number 2, Andrea Jaeger, and Quinn.
Jaeger’s teammate Conchita Martinez waited on the side as Quinn fulfilled a life-long ambition of playing at the all grass club.
Before the serve the commentator quipped: ‘I hope there’s not a camera shot from behind (the man).’
Clijsters then sent down a serve which Quinn managed to return – but his second shot slammed into the net.
‘One more,’ Quinn protested before again losing a point.
After hugging the former greats and getting a memento photograph, Quinn returned to his seat to watch the end of match.
Quinn later thanked Clijsters, on Twitter and dismissed talk that the event was a set-up.
He wrote: ‘Thank you for going easy on me with the serve. You have made me a bigger hero to my 3 daughters who worship you by the way.’
He added: ‘Will teach me to open my mouth again. They were awesome. And I got to play in Wimbledon. One off the bucket list.’
In response to a doubter he said the moment was ‘not on bit pre planned.’
Clijsters and Stubbs went on to beat Jaeger and Martinez 6-2, 7-5, despite the interlude.
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