John McEnroe’s furious rant about royals at Wimbledon: ‘They should bow to the players!’

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The former tennis champ is back on screens to offer his commentary on Wimbledon, which has returned for the first time in two years after last year’s was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The American won the tournament himself three times, but is best known for his outburst on the SW19 court, when he yelled “you cannot be serious” at a line judge, whose judgement he disagreed with. The fiery 62-year-old still raises eyebrows with his caustic rants and did not hold back on his opinions about the Royal Family when writing his third autobiography.

Writing in his book ‘But, Seriously’, McEnroe detailed his frustration at the Wimbledon protocol of bowing and curtsying to the Royal Box.

He argued that, as the players are the ones providing the entertainment, they are the ones who should be receiving the respect and appreciation.

He wrote: “As for all the bowing and curtsying ‒ and we’re not just talking about the Queen here, we’re talking about some pretty minor royals ‒ what was all that about?

“This was the class system gone mad, the opposite of a meritocracy, where hard work is rewarded and people are respected because they’ve actually done something, not because they’ve been born on the right side of the tracks.

“Who were the performers here? The players, right? So why were they bowing to someone else when they were about to provide the entertainment?

“Those people in the Royal Box should think about bowing to them.”

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Kent are regular attendees to Wimbledon as they are the Patron and President of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, which oversees the tournament.

While the Royal Box is not only populated by royals, all must be invited by the All England Club.

There are often A-list celebrities including actors, singers, and athletes, as well as politicians and other public figures.

That said, the Royal Family does have a long established connection to Wimbledon, which started in 1907, when the Prince of Wales ‒ who went on to become King George V ‒ and Princess Mary, the Queen’s grandparents, first attended the championships.

Prince George was asked by George Hillyard, the new secretary of Wimbledon, to serve as the President of the All England Club and present the trophy to the winners.

By 1910, now-King Geroge was given the role of Patron of the club, and since then a member of the Royal Family has always held this position.

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During the Twenties, the Queen’s father Albert ‒ later King George VI ‒ even entered the tournament himself.

However, he reportedly lost “ignominiously in the first round and never entered again.”

The Duchess of Cambridge took over as Patron from the Queen in 2016, when she handed down some of her responsibilities following her 90th birthday.

Kate is a keen tennis lover and has introduced her children to the sport.

She even invited Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer to the family’s Norfolk home, where he gave little Prince George a private tennis lesson.

Last year, when the tournament was cancelled, Kate was reportedly disappointed.

She released an emotional video on the day the tournament would have begun, describing how waiting for the 2021 edition would be worth it.

She said: “[We] will bide out time until we sit at the edge of our seats again, and celebrate again.

“So when the time is right and we open the gates, we will be back again, and it will have been worth the wait.”

This weekend is the most exciting weekend of the whole competition, as the winners will soon be revealed.

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