In another life, Kate Middleton could have been an all-star.
The Duchess of Cambridge spoke in a BBC documentary called "Sue Barker: Our Wimbledon," revealing that her secret dream job was once a career on the tennis court.
“[Tennis] inspires young people including myself. Every time Wimbledon is on I am thinking, 'Yes, I could do the same’ and get out the racket. Sadly, not the same results,” she said in documentary.
Above, a younger Middleton can be seen on her school tennis team at St. Andrews, long before she entered royal life.
But just because she’s more preoccupied with her royal duties these days doesn’t mean she isn’t thinking about her favorite sport. The Duchess had a tennis court built at her Amner Hall home and is a patron of All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, which hosts Wimbledon.
Because of this prestigious patronage, Middleton is also a familiar face at the famous tennis tournament. Of course, now she sits in the royal box with her family and celebrities rather than waiting hours for a ticket.
While she attends Wimbledon every year, Middleton sadly had to miss the 2013 tournament after her doctor forbade her to go while she was pregnant with Prince George. But she wrote a note to that year’s champion, Andy Murray, to apologize for her absence. Ever the class act.
Middleton’s love of tennis doesn’t stop with her. Not only is her grandmother-in-law, the Queen, a big fan the sport, but she says her mother, Carole, has a tennis crush.
“Roger [Federer] is my mother’s heartthrob. I don’t think she will mind me saying that! I think he probably knows that too,” she said. Federer was also a guest at her sister Pippa’s wedding.
Even if she’s not wielding a tennis racket every day, at least Kate can still revel in her love of the game.