SW19 Diary: Ferdinand's passion for tennis warrants Royal Box invitation
Cahal Milmo is the chief reporter of The Independent and has been with the paper since 2000. He was born in London and previously worked at the Press Association news agency. He has reported on assignment at home and abroad, including Rwanda, Sudan and Burkina Faso, the phone hacking scandal and the London Olympics. In his spare time he is a keen runner and cyclist, and keeps an allotment.
Saturday 25 June 2011
Footballers have been conspicuous by their absence from the Royal Box so far, but should the All England Club be looking for somebody from the national game to savour a taste of a national institution they should get in prompt touch with Rio Ferdinand.
The Manchester United man has been entranced by the tennis over the week. So far he has been impressed by Roger Federer's clothing and Heather Watson's talent. The "connection" between the likes of Federer and Rafa Nadal and the fans has also caught his eye. Ferdinand does not have to report back for pre-season training until 4 July so there's still time for an All England invite.
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