Princess Diana dated the forgotten Wimbledon star during her marriage to Charles | royal | New


Britain’s hopes of a new Wimbledon champion were given a boost on Tuesday when Cameron Norrie beat Tommy Paul to secure a place in his first-ever Grand Slam semi-final. Other British players in this year’s tournament have already crashed, including Andy Murray, Emma Raducanu and Heather Watson. The first week of Wimbledon saw a host of famous faces in the Royal Box at Center Court, including some royals, such as Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Zara and Mike Tindall, Princess Michael of Kent and Katharine. , Duchess of Kent.

Members of the royal family have taken part in the annual pageant regularly for decades, but some are more interested in it than others.

A keen sports fan, it’s no surprise that Diana, Princess of Wales was a regular at Wimbledon throughout the 80s and 90s.

She has often been spotted in the club, but it has been claimed that the Princess’s Wimbledon connections extend beyond the exclusive compound.

Former tennis star Slobodan Živojinović has claimed he shared a close relationship with the late Princess of Wales.

In 2016, he told a Serbian newspaper that the couple were “seeing each other”.

Speaking to Kurir, he said he met Diana in 1987 before her match on the SW19 courts.

He revealed: “In our first conversation, she asked me if I was the tennis player with the fastest serve, and I said, ‘Yes.’

“Then she asked me if my serve was still good. That’s when we started hanging out and seeing each other. We were close.

The player then claimed the relationship continued while she was married to Prince Charles and while he was in a relationship with his then-fiancée, with whom he shared son Filip.

Živojinović noted that although Diana was allowed to watch the match from the VIP seats, she preferred to descend into the stand so she could be closer to him.

Speaking of the late princess, he said: “She was a wonderful woman. With her I could talk about anything and even simple things became fascinating.

“I don’t want to talk about it in detail now that she’s no longer with us.

“What I can say is it’s great when someone like her comes to watch the game and support you.

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“It had never happened to me before that someone from the royal family came to support me.”

The tennis star also said his son remembered the princess but didn’t believe his father when he explained who she was.

Živojinović said: “When I told him she was a princess, he was surprised, because every child has their own image of what a princess should look like.

“He was confused. However, she was really great with the kids and understood him.”

Živojinović retired in 1992, the same year he married his current wife Lepa Brena, a famous Serbian folk singer, with whom he now shares two children.

That same year, Diana and Charles officially announced their separation. Four years later, after a period of tumultuous comings and goings, the royal couple divorced.

In August 1997, the princess died tragically in a car accident at the age of 36.

Živojinović, who served as president of the Tennis Federation of Serbia from 2006 to 2011, has won two career singles titles (Houston, 1986 and Sydney, 1988), as well as eight doubles titles.

Along with Nenad Zimonjić, he is the only Serbian tennis player to be world No. 1 in doubles.

He reached his highest singles ATP ranking on October 26, 1987, when he became world No. 19.

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