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Virgin Radio host Chris Evans snubs Wimbledon invite TWICE on-air 'We don't want to go!'
 Chris Evans, 56, insisted that his team “did not want to go” to Wimbledon this year, after colleague Vassos Alexander confirmed they were rejecting yet another invitation to attend the tennis tournament. Chris, who has his own show on Virgin Radio, was not fussed about attending the event, in spite of its immense popularity. Yesterday, Chris discussed Wimbledon with his colleagues as it was revealed they had turned down special invitations to attend the event.Speaking to his listeners, Chris explained Vassos had just asked him and his radio co-star Rachel Horne to record a video message saying, “Thank you, Gus”. When Chris asked Vassos why they had to record the message, he confirmed it was because they had been invited to Wimbledon. Vassos explained: “We’re trying to - because we’ve all been very kindly invited to Wimbledon (Gus works at Wimbledon).“But we can’t because we have very full diaries this week.“And what my dad says is that you should always refuse an invitation elegantly, and I love that word: elegantly. “So, you saying ‘thank you, Gus’ into my camera phone is part of my elegantly refusing the invitation - and hopefully being invited again."At this point, Rachel interjected to say that “decline” was a better word to use, as “refuse sounds quite harsh”.Chris agreed that he should change the phrasing to “politely decline”, which Vassos conceded. Then, Chris made a cheeky dig at Wimbledon as Vassos attempted to clear up what he was saying. “So this is the second time of asking?” mocked Chris.“What doesn’t he get about ‘we don’t want to go’?” “No, we want to go!” Vassos interrupted, laughing.“What doesn’t he get about, we’re too busy?” Chris pressed on.
Why Pippa Middleton and mum Carole were once refused entry from Wimbledon's Royal Box
Duchess of Cambridge, it's no surprise that Pippa Middleton and her mum Carole are usually treated to VIP seats in the Royal Box or the players' box at Wimbledon.READ: Why Zara and Mike Tindall once shunned the Royal Box at WimbledonHowever, the mother-daughter duo were once relegated to standard seats back in 2017 when they arrived too late for Andy Murray's match against Benoit Paire. Kate's younger sister and mother were pictured sitting separately, just outside of the players' box, which is usually reserved for athletes and their families, and VIP guests. WATCH: Kate Middleton's flawless courtside style at WimbledonThe change of seating plan didn't dampen Pippa and Carole's spirits, as the tennis lovers were pictured chatting and laughing after the match with a few of Pippa's friends.READ: Carole Middleton surprises as she wears same dress as daughter KateSHOP: 13 best tennis outfits for women this summerIn 2015, Lewis Hamilton lost his place in Wimbledon's Royal Box after falling foul of the strict dress code, which requires men to wear a jacket and tie.  Carole Middleton and daughter Pippa arrived late to a Wimbledon match in 2017The Formula One champion, who wore a flowery shirt, was turned away from the men's singles final match owing to an "unfortunate misunderstanding regarding the dress code at Wimbledon," his spokesperson said.SEE: Emma Raducanu's most stylish momentsPippa's older sister Kate, 40, also previously revealed that she was once "banned" from Wimbledon.
'We get into arguments' Cameron Norrie on tension at home with girlfriend Louise Jacobi
Cameron Norrie, who is taking part in the Wimbledon Tennis tournament this year, has opened up about what causes “tension” at home between himself and girlfriend Louise Jacobi.The athlete has revealed the pair sometimes “get into arguments” during their time in the kitchen together. Cameron, 26, appears to have been dating Louise for a number of years, though it is not known exactly how long. The British men's No 1, ranked 12 in the world on the official ATP chart, has admitted in a new interview that one source of tension over the years has been their time in the kitchen together. “We get into arguments when we cook,” he admitted.The tennis star went on to explain that, while Louise was a diligent recipe follower, he was more of a maverick chef. “Because Louise always wants to follow recipes to the letter while I prefer to wing it and experiment a bit,” he told The Times. Last October, Cameron secured his first ATP Masters 1000 title by beating Nikoloz Basilashvil at the BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells.He turned professional back in 2017, and has since been one of Britain’s most exciting tennis stars. Cameron has so far attained four ATP Tour singles titles and one doubles title and has held the honour of British number one in men's singles since October 18, 2021.While the athlete keeps a pretty tight lid on his private life, the South African-born player has been publicly dating Louise since 2020 - although the pair may have struck up a romance long before that point. The first picture of the couple was posted to Instagram in 2020, but one post marking Cameron’s birthday featured a comment from Louise that indicated they had been dating for at least a year.Under the post, Louise had told Cameron he had “kept her
Piers Morgan brands Nick Kyrgios a ‘d***’ over furious rants at Wimbledon
Piers Morgan, 57, has reacted to Nick Kyrgios’ furious rant over spectators and line officials in the Wimbledon 2022 match.The former Good Morning Britain presenter took to Twitter to voice his opinion on the 27-year-old’s demeanour during the clash.In view of his 7.9 million followers, Piers shared a video that shows Nick saying: “I don't start clapping when they're scanning s*** at a supermarket do I?"Along with the clip, Piers simply wrote: “Kyrgios is such a d***.”Nick sparked backlash after complaining to umpire Marija Cicak over the crowd at the match earlier today.He said: "You have to tell them.They're spectators.“They don't have any right to do that.They're spectators who spend money to come watch us play.They should be removed."I don't go up to their face in their 9-5 and start clapping when they're scanning s*** at a supermarket.“They have no right to do that so why does it keep happening?"Nick went on to complain about “racial slurs” as he questioned why spectators were not penalised for their actions.He added: "You should just remove them from the crowd."So pure disrespect from a spectator to an athlete is acceptable at Wimbledon?“But you don't accept a hat with two logos? When's the line?“That's acceptable, racism is acceptable so when does it stop? So where's the line?"It's been happening for years.
Zara and Mike Tindall bring the star power on day two of Wimbledon - best photos
Zara and Mike Tindall looked every inch the style power couple as they arrived at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club on Tuesday for day two of Wimbledon.MORE: Andy Murray's wife Kim makes touching gesture towards Dame Deborah James at WimbledonThe Queen's granddaughter was aptly dressed in a white shirt dress and navy-coloured wedge shoes which were teamed with a black leather crossbody and gold earrings.WATCH: The royal family at Wimbledon over the yearsNot to be outdone in the style stakes, her rugby star husband Mike put on a dapper display in a cream jacket and dark trousers combination, teamed with grey suede shoes and a stripy tie.READ: Rafael Nadal addresses wife Mery Perello's pregnancy for the first timeSEE: The Wimbledon wives and partners we'll see courtside this yearThe royal couple will no doubt take their seats at Centre Court to watch the likes of Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams make their debut at this year's Championships.The two tennis stars have both overcome injuries to make it to the All England Club in a bid to land another grand slam.  Mike and Zara Tindall on day two of WimbledonSerena, 40, is making her comeback after limping out of last year's first-round match in tears due to a leg injury.
'Be ridiculous!' John McEnroe says he'd be surprised if Emma Raducanu lost Wimbledon
Wimbledon eight times, has spoken out vociferously in favour of newcomer Emma Raducanu's abilities.Since Emma, 19, won the US Open last year, she has failed to take the winner's spot in any tournament, but John is insistent that she could sail to the top again this year.With Wimbledon soon to kick off, John was quizzed on how far he felt Emma could go - and he didn't hold back in praising her."She’s a supremely talented individual and has an excellent chance to make a good run," he exclaimed."If she’s physically fit, I’d be very surprised if she lost early."He added to the Radio Times: "To think she couldn’t win would be ridiculous.”However he admitted he was concerned by her not having a consistent coach as her role model.The Romanian-Chinese Grand Slam hopeful, who plays for Britain, has had three different coaches in just 12 months and now is expected to recruit a fourth, after being without one altogether since April."It’s unusual for a player of any age to win a major and then decide you don’t want to continue with that coach,” John claimed.“It does seem like there’s been a lot of change to overcome, so much that it would be difficult for anyone, never mind a person of 19.”John might relate to Emma's record-breaking tennis brilliance, as they both have similar stories to tell on that score.Emma made history by becoming the first player ever to win the title after entering as just a qualifier.John also came through the qualifying route himself, and ended up exceeding everyone's expectations to make it to the Wimbledon semi-finals, back in 1977.He himself had been just 18 - the same age as Emma when she won at the US Open.He shares her experience of crashing and burning after an initial victory, too.The following year
'Miss her terribly' Clare Balding leads tributes as Sue Barker departs as Wimbledon host
Wimbledon.This year will be her last presenting the tennis from SW19 as she said she feels the "timing is right".In view of her 691,000 followers, Clare reacted to her BBC colleague's announcement.Clare wrote: "I’m really sad Sue is stepping down and will miss her terribly."We had so much fun working together on various Olympics, Commonwealth Games, tennis, racing and Sports Personality of the Year."Thank you Sue for your leadership and friendship - you were the captain we all followed," she penned.The BBC star was responding to a tweet from the BBC Press Office earlier today.It read: "After an incredible 30 years at the helm of live sports broadcasting for the BBC, Sue Barker has taken the decision to step down from her role at the end of this year’s Wimbledon tournamentIn her statement, Sue had written: "What a wonderful time I've had working on some of the biggest sporting events around the world."I will miss it terribly but after 30 years I feel the time is right for me."I've worked with the best of the best," she ended.Following Clare's touching tribute, fans of the pair were quick to take to the comments to have their say.Twitter user @AmandaSweetland replied: "I really hope the @BBCSport give her a brilliant send off, she deserves a warm and heartfelt thank you from the BBC and from us as viewers and tennis fans."@stygian66 added: "Lovely words Clare.Sue is an institution that will be missed."Not the right time to think about replacements but Marion Bartoli would be perfect."She is invested in Wimbledon, is so knowledgeable and is such a nice person," they wrote.While @GrahamTeessider chipped in: "In that case I will be watching even more Wimbledon coverage than usual this year to get the maximum value out of