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A Wicklow Man Was Responsible For One Of Best Moments Of Wimbledon 2017

A Wicklow Man Was Responsible For One Of Best Moments Of Wimbledon 2017

The Ladies' Invitation Doubles isn't one of the most important competitions each year at Wimbledon, but it has produced one of the moments of the 2017 Championships.

In their final Group A match on Friday, former world number one and two-time Kim Clijsters and her doubles partner Rennae Stubbs were playing Conchita Martinez and Andrea Jaeger.

In the final stages of the second set, Clijsters jokingly asked Martinez where she should serve. A fan in the crowd playfully suggested the Belgian should aim for the Spaniard's body.

Seeing an opportunity for a bit of fun, Clijsters invited the fan out onto the court. The-then unnamed fan turned out to be Chris Quinn from Wicklow.

Quinn was given a white skirt by Clijsters, and a white top, to fit in with Wimbledon's on-court clothing policy,  He also got the chance to return a few serves.

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Despite winning four Grand Slam titles and playing in a further four Finals, Clijsters found it understandably difficult to keep her composure in such an unusual situation, that included helping Quinn put on her spare skirt.

Quinn's backhand won't earn him an invitation to compete next year, but he certainly has memories to last a lifetime. It's not often a Wicklow man stars at Wimbledon, let alone in the Women's Invitational Doubles.

Clijsters and Stubbs won the match 6-2, 7-5, but it was not enough for the duo to reach the final.

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Daniel Kelly

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