The further we go into the tournament here at the All England Club, the more interesting – and random – the faces in the stands become and Friday was no exception.
While actor Bradley Cooper and his model girlfriend Irina Shayk are repeat visitors, with Cooper making clear where his allegiances lie dressed in RF merchandise, a surprise attendee was supermodel Heidi Klum and boyfriend Vito Schnabel were sitting in Milos Raonic’s box during his semi-final with Roger Federer.
We’re not sure where the Raonic-Klum connection is. It could be that Raonic, who is a huge art enthusiast, knows Schnabel, who is an art dealer, or that Raonic’s model girlfriend Danielle Knudson is a contemporary of Klum’s.
After the match, the lawns outside the Players’ Restaurant resembled a backstage scene at London Fashion Week, rather than a hangout area at a tennis club. Cooper spent some time chatting to Federer’s wife Mirka, before he found an empty spot on the grass to sit on the ground and chill with Shayk.
Jude Law was also in the stands on Friday, so was fellow British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and his model girlfriend Frances Aaternir.
I get particularly excited when I see some of the former players around the grounds – the ones who aren’t coaches and do not play in the Legend’s events, meaning they aren’t regular faces at the slams.
Americans James Blake and Amer Delic showed up, so did Croatian Mario Ancic, who now works in investment banking in New York.
Ancic has always been regarded as one of the nicest guys on tour and on Friday he reminded us all why. He walked into the main room at the press centre, past several aisles before heading straight to Italian journalist Gianni Clerici.
“Grande Gianni,” Ancic told the 86-year-old as he gave him a hearty hug. Nice to see that some things never change.
Delic tweeted a photo from Henman Hill, where it seems he watched the semi-finals.
Can’t someone spare him a pair of Centre Court tickets? He did take Novak Djokovic to four sets here in the second round in 2007 after all.