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City at Wimbledon: Tennis stars and football

  • 17 June 2011 13:05
  • Posted by Peter Ferguson

Wimbledon will hog the back-page headlines and TV news this fortnight - but the tennis stars themselves will be keeping an eye on what's going on at their favourite football clubs.

The All England Club might be the centre of the sporting world, yet the fortunes of their respective teams might well rival the tennis gossip in the locker-room banter.

Top man Rafa Nadal will be looking to add to his 2008 and 2010 titles but the Majorca-born player will also be keeping in touch with what's going on transfer-wise back at the Bernabeu.

Nadal has a soft spot for hometown RCD Mallorca but is a Real Madrid fan, even though his uncle, Miguel Ángel Nadal, played nearly 500 games for great rivals Barcelona.

He also won 62 caps for Spain, missing a penalty in the Euro 1996 shoot-out with England at Wembley.

Andy Murray, the great British hope to be our first men's champion since Stockport's Fred Perry, was a decent football prospect, turning down Rangers' school of excellence at 15, and supports Hibs.

The Glasgow-born British No.1 might have been influenced in his choice by the fact that his maternal grandfather, Roy Erskine, played for Hibs as well as Stirling Albion and Cowdenbeath.

Swiss ace Roger Federer is a big fan of FC Basel - no surprises there - while Alicante-born David Ferrer, chasing his first Grand Slam title, follows the fortunes of Valencia.

French prospect Gael Monfils' father, Guadaloupe-born Rufin, played for Bordeaux, but there's only one Prem team for a Frenchman - yes, he's a Gooner. Apart from Arsenal, Gael also follows Paris Saint Germain.

Women's world No.9 Marion Bartoli is Geneva-based but a "huge supporter" of Olympique Marseille, while Kim Clijsters' late father Lei played 40 times for Belgium and won the 1988 European Cup-winners' Cup with Mechelen. Sadly Kim will sit it out this year after a foot injury ruled her out of the 2011 Wimbledon championships.

And Denmark's world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki MUST be a fan - her Polish footballer dad Piotr moved to Mannheim before finishing his playing career with Odense, while older brother Patrik is an attacking midfielder at Hvidovre.

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