Wow—maybe it’s time to stop thinking of the English as uptight and proper.
Because they broke both of those stereotypes this past weekend at Wimbledon—one of the most prestigious events in all of sports.
It all started innocently enough when a—well let’s just call him a stout gentlemen—offered a little help during the Wimbledon Ladies invitational doubles match Friday featuring Kim Clijsters, Rennae Stubbs, Conchita Martinez and Andrea Jaeger.
In the middle of her match against Martinez and Jaeger, Clijsters asked if she should serve wide or down the middle. A fan yelled for her to hit a “body serve.”
That produced plenty of laughter all by itself, but what happened next was truly crazy. Clijsters went over to the man, pointed at him with her racket and made him come down onto the court. The portly gentleman happily obliged, much to the delight of the crowd in attendance.
Then, because he wasn’t wearing all white, per Wimbledon rules, Clijsters came up with a brilliant solution. She gave him one of her skirts.
And, even better, the man played on the court at Wimbledon.
Yup, and playing in a skirt that short showed a lot of balls.