Inside Kate Middleton’s remarkable love of tennis that she’s passing on to Prince George

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KATE MIDDLETON’S love of sport is no secret, and she is spotted at Wimbledon each year, but just how big a tennis fan she?

The 18-year-old is the first British woman to win a tennis grand slam title in 44 years.

The Duchess welcomed Emma Raducanu home by playing a friendly doubles match with the star.

Before the match, the Duchess congratulated Joe Salisbury, Emma Raducanu and wheelchair tennis players Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid on their recent successes at the US Open.

Picture of Emma Raducanu and Kate Middleton playing tennis together

Inside Kate’s special tie to tennis: Kate welcomed Raducanu home by playing a friendly match (Image: GETTY)

Picture of Kate Middleton playing tennis at a school

Kate Middleton tennis: The Duchess is a keen tennis player herself (Image: GETTY)

She said: “Amazing guys, honestly, congratulations to all of you – it’s seriously impressive.”

The Duchess had previously reached out to the young tennis star to congratulate her on her recent Grand Slam win.

Following the teen’s incredible triumph, Kate tweeted a rare personal saying: “Huge congratulations @EmmaRaducanu on your stunning performances and historic Grand Slam victory!

“Incredible – we are all so proud of you. @leylahfernandez well done on your amazing achievements at this year’s #USOpen, it’s been a pleasure to watch. C”

Kate at Wimbledon speaking to the ball boys and girls

Kate Middleton tennis: The Duchess is the Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (Image: GETTY)

Kate is frequently seen at England’s home of tennis, Wimbledon, as she is patron of the Lawn Tennis Association.

Every year Kate hands out the tennis trophies to the champions at Wimbledon.

But her passion for the sport extends far beyond her role as Patron of the Lawn Tennis Association.

She is frequently seen watching matches from the royal box at Wimbledon in a private capacity.

Picture of Kate Middleton speaking to Emma

Kate Middleton tennis: The Duchess has built her own tennis court at her home in Norfolk (Image: GETTY)

The Duchess is known to be a keen tennis player herself.

It is one of the ways the Duchess reportedly keeps in shape.

Her love of the sport seems to hark back to her school days, where she was a keen sportswoman.

The Duchess even had a tennis court built on the grounds of her family home, Anmer Hall, Norfolk.

A royal source told the Sun that Kate encourages her children to play tennis after school.

The royal insider said: “Once their school work from Thomas’s Battersea has been dealt with satisfactorily, both George and Charlotte enjoy tennis lessons on their green court.”

They added: “Kate plays almost daily with the children and they like their practice sessions with her.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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