Curtsy and bow--Wimbledon stars work on etiquette

Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:08am EDT
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By Paul Majendie

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Andy Murray is not sure whether to bow or not but Serena Williams is taking no chances -- she is busy practicing her curtsy.

For Queen Elizabeth, whose favorite sport has always been horse racing, is coming to the world's most famous tennis tournament for the first time in 33 years.

She never misses Royal Ascot's annual festival of top-class racing. But she has not been to Wimbledon since her Silver Jubilee year in 1977 when Britain's Virginia Wade won the women's singles.

Current titleholder Serena Williams. who hopes to be playing in front of the Queen on Thursday if the draw works out, said "Wow, this is really, really cool."

"I've been working on my curtsy. It's a little extreme so I am going to have to tone it down," she said.

Murray is not quite sure what the etiquette will be.

"I don't want to be bowing and the person I'm playing with walks straight past or the other way round. You obviously need to have an agreement before you go on," he said.

Wade reckons the royal presence will help to energize the Scot and really fire up his game which has tapered off since he reached the Australian Grand Slam final in January.   Continued...

<p>Centre Court is in the background as play gets under way on the outside courts at the 2010 Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London June 21, 2010. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett</p>