THE BREAK: Federer was reportedly in talks to join the Wimbledon commentary team earlier this year.


In a star-studded video posted to its official YouTube channel Wimbledon drew back the curtain on its illustrious team of ball boys and girls ahead of the 2023 Championships—with a little help from eight-time champion Roger Federer and Her Royal Highness Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales.

Federer announced his official retirement from tennis last fall at Laver Cup, but is aiming to remain a fixture in the tennis world as he takes to the All England Club alongside the princess.

In between a spirited mixed doubles exchange, Federer and HRH learned the ropes of the ball change exercise along with what makes Wimbledon different from the other major tournaments.

“At the Australian Open, you’re allowed to catch it [out of the air],” Federer points out after a tremendous catch from the princess.

“Here, you’re meant to let it bounce,” explains Mollie, one of the ball girls teaching HRH the proper ball toss.

“The first game’s very nerve-wracking,” adds another ball boy of the pressure to perform on Centre Court. “But after a while you get used to it.”

Check out the full video, which follows Federer and HRH indoors for a rousing ball kid training session, here.