Game, set, match! Wimbledon kicked off yesterday — and if you're planning on tuning in at all, then there are a few classic drinks and dainty dishes to prepare to keep you in line with the event's Victorian heritage. From smoked salmon crostini to strawberries and cream, these Wimbledon-inspired recipes are light on the cooking, yet heavy hitters on taste.
The stands of this year's Wimbledon may be full of celebrities, but the courts are packed with world-famous athletes donning their best game garb. Getting the look yourself is easy by swapping your regular ol' workout clothes for these tennis-inspired finds. Whether you're exercising at the gym or outside, shop on for pieces that will get you in the spirit of Wimbledon.
The royal box at Wimbledon's finals in England yesterday was full of famous faces. Kate Middleton, in a white look by Joseph, and her sister Pippa, in Project D, sat together in the stands as they watched Roger Federer take on Andy Murray. Both sisters attended matches earlier in the tournament, with Prince William joining Kate on Wednesday and James Middleton appearing at Pippa's side last week. Also on hand were David and Victoria Beckham, who stuck close together during the event. They shared a special moment with Kate when she stopped to greet them before taking her own seat. David and Victoria are in London with their four children ahead of daughter Harper's first birthday tomorrow.
Prince William and Kate Middleton were in the stands at Wimbledon today. The royals watched Roger Federer's victory over Mikhail Youzhny — which will move him on to the semifinals — and stayed for the Andy Murray and David Ferrer match afterward. Kate, who is a big tennis fan, sported a knit Alexander McQueen dress that she also wore during her trip to Canada with Prince William last year. She leaned in close to chat with her husband and cheered and clapped during the action.
It's been 15 months since Kate married Prince William, and since then, the pair have been busy traveling the world and focusing on philanthropic efforts close to home. The whirlwind year led to Kate winning this year's PopSugar 100, beating out stars from Beyoncé Knowles to Angelina Jolie for the top spot.
The stands at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London this week have been filled with famous faces despite the rain. Yesterday, Brooklyn Decker cheered on her husband, Andy Roddick, as he beat Jamie Baker. During a rain delay, Brooklyn headed indoors to hang out with doubles player Bob Bryan's baby daughter Micaela. The royal box at Wimbledon has also been full with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, watching Roger Federer take on Italy's Fabio Fognini. Today, though, Pippa Middleton had the privilege of sitting in the royal seats with her brother James. Pippa wore a navy Orla Kiely dress and jacket to check out multiple matches on Center Court. Last year, Pippa brought boyfriend Alex Loudon to the tennis event, but this time it was all about family since Carole Middleton was also on hand. Kate attended in 2011 as well, and we're hoping the winner of PopSugar 100 makes an appearance this year!
With Wimbledon kicking off today, we're admittedly preoccupied with the sport-chic style of tennis pros past and present. So, even if you're idea of "playing the game" is more of a spectator sport, we're helping you channel the vibe with our favorite selection of preppy polos, classic knits, and crisp pleats. Even if we won't be sitting front row at the matches, we can at least look the part — especially since any of these pieces would also look just as sweet any other day of Summer. Just click on to shop all the pieces we're loving just in time for Wimbledon.
With Wimbledon kicking off next Monday, tennis's power set stepped out last night for a little off-court fun at a pre-Wimbledon party in London. The fete brought out the likes of world champion Maria Sharapova and the Grand Slam masters Venus and Serena Williams. And while we're used to seeing these ladies in sportier attire, they certainly pulled out all the stops on their cocktail party ensembles. Venus chose a summery Amanda Wakeley LWD that draped in all the right places, Danish stunner Caroline Wozniacki showed off her form in a cool Stella McCartney LBD, Maria opted for a supergirlie high-low profile in embellished Antonio Berardi and ruby-red Roger Vivier heels, Serena went for short and sweet in a purple taffeta Burberry number, and Serbian beauty Ana Ivanovic looked ultrafeminine in a feather-accented Matthew Williamson dress. No matter how fierce these women can get on the court, they're just as skilled in the after-hours style department. Now it's match point — you decide who deserves the Most Fab title below.
The first week of Summer has come and gone, and it was a busy seven days! There was something for everyone, with Wimbledon drama, a muddy Glastonbury music festival, Susan Lucci's last Daytime Emmy Awards, a drug-friendly Miss USA pageant, and even a Lolita-filled anime convention. On top of that, we learned more about Bristol Palin's love life, Princess Diana's John Travolta connection, Michelle Obama's family dynamics, and the kissing couple at the Vancouver riots. See all the excitement from the week — including an adorable Harry Potter star being smooched by a fan — now!
Head of Wimbledon Ian Ritchie said officials would prefer less grunting from the tennis players. According to Ritchie, the vocal players are spoiling the game for the fans and distracting other players, adding, "We have discussed it with the tours and we believe it is helpful to reduce the amount of grunting."
Since he brought up the noise level after Victoria Azarenka had 95-decibel grunts (nearing Maria Sharapova's record 105 decibels) during this year's championships, we have to wonder if this is about the grunting in general or specifically women making noise. Azarenka even defended her cries, saying, "I can't change it, it's part of my breathing system and it's just natural and something I've done since I was a kid. . . . Grunting is part of the game." Grunting is an integral part of the tennis-playing process for women, and if the roles were reversed and something male sports players did to improve their game was deemed annoying or distracting, I seriously doubt officials would talk about nixing it. Do you think this issue is a double standard against women?
Over the long weekend to celebrate our most patriotic of holidays, the international sports scene was booming with cycling, tennis, and soccer. Catch up with some of the world's sports news when you start the slideshow.