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Kate Middleton and Emma Raducanu team up for doubles rally in London

The Duchess of Cambridge and Emma Raducanu teamed up for a spot of doubles on Friday celebrating the teenage tennis star’s win at the US Open.

The National Tennis Centre in London hosted a meeting between Kate, Emma and three other British players who won their events at the final Grand Slam tournament of the year in New York last month.

The Duchess, 39, joked about the awkwardness of social distancing rules as she joined the group, saying: ‘Are we shaking hands? I don’t want to break your training bubbles.

‘It’s really awkward, you don’t know quite whether to do it. It is the same with face masks.

‘You never know whether to hug people, congratulate them or shake hands. But amazing, guys honestly, congratulations.’

As well as chatting to Emma, the royal also spoke to Joe Salisbury, who won the men’s doubles title with American Rajeev Ram, and Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett, the men’s wheelchair doubles champions.

The interviews will be broadcast as part of a half-hour TV programme shown at 12.30pm on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport online as well as the Lawn Tennis Association’s social media channels

Kate is an avid tennis fan as well as a patron of the LTA, which billed the meeting as a ‘Homecoming’ event for the star players.

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