For all the obsession with royalty and peerage in the Great Britain, the only question that really matters for the next two weeks is—who will be king and queen of Wimbledon 2019?
Once again, there are two ageless legends among the top contenders. Thirty-seven-year-old Roger Federer—the fifth-highest-paid athlete in the world—is seeking his ninth championship at the All England Club (and his 21st Grand Slam overall). While Serena Williams, one of the wealthiest self-made women in America, is chasing her eighth Wimbledon crown and a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title.
But for those who don’t always keep their eye on the ball in Centre Court, there are plenty of distractions in the stands—the throngs of A-list actors, musicians, athletes and, yes, royals, who come to witness the splendor on the grass.
Among the celebrities who turned up on Day One at Wimbledon were Rebel Wilson, who was predictably enthusiastic during the first round action. Singer and actress Janelle Monae made her debut appearance at Wimbledon but didn’t let the opening round upsets—including losses for No. 2 seed Naomi Osaka, Venus Williams, No. 6 seed Alexander Zverev and seventh seed Stefanos Tsitsipas—diminish her good time. And Alex Rodriguez, who was in town for the first-ever Yankees-Red Sox series in London, made an early Wimbledon appearance to watch another sport played on grass.
On the second day of the tournament, Centre Court had an unexpected visitor, the patron of the All England Club herself—Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. A longtime tennis fan—along with her parents, her sister, Pippa, and brother, James—the Duchess sported a Wimbledon-appropriate white shirt-dress by Suzannah, paired with Ray-Ban sunglasses and an Alexander McQueen belt and matching McQueen bag.
Of course, the real question is whether Wimbledon will get a double-Duchess sighting this year—assuming Meghan Markle comes to watch her good friend Serena Williams play. (The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry appear ready for some social re-entry—they made a cameo at the Yankees-Red Sox game over the weekend, where they received rival uniforms for Baby Archie.)
Of course, even if Team Sussex doesn’t make an appearance for Serena, the greatest of all time always has the vocal (and animated) support of her husband, Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian.
Will Wimbledon’s old-timers—Serena and Roger—find magic in their rackets in one more Grand Slam? Will Nadal and Djokovic add to their all-time records? Or will a new tennis prince or princess emerge to rule the court at Wimbledon? One thing is certain—celebrities will be there to show their love, love, love.
Original Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/msolomon/2019/07/02/celebrities-at-wimbledon-2019-see-the-stars-holding-court-on-centre-court/#6478e84f2484