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Jennifer Newton

Kate Middleton announces exciting plans with friend and tennis superstar Roger Federer

The Duchess of Cambridge has teamed up with tennis superstar and family friend Roger Federer to announce a charity collaboration to raise money for disadvantaged and vulnerable children.

The Laver Cup Open Practice Day will be staged on September 22 at The O2 in London - and fans will get the chance to watch Federer and other tennis greats from Team Europe and Team World during their final on-court practice for the competition. The event will raise money for two organisations of which Kate is patron – Action for Children and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), whose charitable arm is the LTA Tennis Foundation.

Kate Middleton has announced an exciting tennis event alongside Roger Federer (PA)

The collaboration between the Laver Cup, which was co-founded by Federer, and the two charities was Kate’s idea, Kensington Palace said.

The Laver Cup will also host a day of tennis in east London, attended by Kate and Federer, for children aged eight to 15 drawn from those supported by Action for Children and youngsters from the local area who are part of the LTA Serves programme.

Kate, who is a passionate tennis fan, is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), the organisation which stages Wimbledon.

Kate with Roger Federer at the 2019 Wimbledon men's final (Getty Images)

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Federer is Prince George’s favourite player, and the 20-time grand slam champion has given coaching tips to the prince in the past, playing him after meeting the royal youngster at the home of Kate’s parents in Bucklebury, Berkshire, in 2019.

The Swiss player revealed George had a “good technique”.

Federer – a longtime friend of the Middleton family – and his wife Mirka were also guests at the wedding of the duchess’s sister Pippa in 2017.

Kate and her family are friends with the 20-time Grand Slam winner (Getty Images)

Kate presented Federer with his runners-up plate after his 2019 Wimbledon men’s final defeat by Novak Djokovic.

Known for her competitiveness, Kate played a practice session with US Open women’s champion Emma Raducanu during a homecoming event in September last year.

Kensington Palace said the duchess is “passionate about supporting grassroots tennis and encouraging young people from all backgrounds to become involved in the sport”.

Roger and his wife Mirka were guests at the wedding of the Kate’s sister Pippa in 2017 (Getty Images)

Donations raised for Action for Children will help provide practical and emotional care and support for vulnerable youngsters and their families, with the charity also making sure they can have fun through activities and days out.

The money will also fund 50 new LTA Serves tennis coaching programmes for children in some of the most deprived areas of the country, including near The O2 in London, as a lasting legacy of the Laver Cup.

The prestigious cup was set up in 2017 in honour of Australian tennis legend Rod Laver.

Played on a distinctive black court, the three-day team competition sees rivals become teammates as six of the best players from Europe compete against six of their counterparts from the rest of the world.

Federer will join Sir Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas in Team Europe to face America’s Taylor Fritz, Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime and Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, among others, from Team World. Tickets go on sale on Monday, August 22.

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