Spice Girls’ Geri Horner and Fleabag writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Royal Box as Wimbledon hots up in 28C scorcher


SPICE Girls’ Geri Horner, Fleabag writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge and ex-England cricket captain Alastair Cook were spotted in the Royal Box at Wimbledon on a scorching day at SW19.

Play started in bright sunshine and temperatures are expected to hit 28 degrees later today – when Sir Andy Murray returns to court in his mixed doubles dream team with Serena Williams.

Geri Horner was in high spirits in the Royal Box at Wimbledon today
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge waves to the crowd at Wimbledon
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Fans enjoyed the beautiful weather on Henman Hill – they will see Andy Murray in action later
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Sir Andy and his French partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert won their debut match together last night under the new Court One roof.

It was his first match at Wimbledon since limping out after losing the 2017 quarter final and just 175 days since he announced his hip pain had become so severe he was about to retire.

The grand slam-winning duo will be taking on Germany’s Andreas Mies and Chilean Alexa Guarachi.

The All England Club has listed the location and time of the match as “to be arranged” but it is likely to feature on a show court late in the day.

Ahead of the match Murray said: “Playing with Serena, the atmosphere should be great.”

A host of other Brits are in action in the doubles competitions, including Murray’s brother Jamie, whose first round men’s doubles match was postponed in the fading light late on Thursday.

Teen sensation Coco Gauff will play the last match of the day on Centre Court today when she faces Polona Hercog of Slovenia in the third round.

The 15-year-old American has already beaten Venus Williams and Magdalena Rybarikova in swashbuckling style.

Brits Johanna Konta, Dan Evans and Harriet Dart were all victorious in their singles matches yesterday.

Serena, 37, was cheered on yesterday by her pal the Duchess of Sussex, who made a secret dash to the tournament to support her friend.

Meghan, 37, and close friends Lindsay Roth and Genevieve Hillis sat among tennis fans on Court One.

She was not expected and did not appear on the Royal Box list circulated at the start of the day.

Her mates’ appearance will fuel speculation that one of them may be a godparent to son Archie at his christening at Windsor Castle tomorrow.

Prince Harry, 34, was believed to have been at home looking after the two-month-old. But Archie was still close to Meghan’s heart, as she wore a gold letter “A” pendant.

Seven-time champ Serena beat qualifier Kaja Juvan, 18, to reach the third round.

She said of Meghan: “I knew she was there. It’s always exciting when she comes out to support the tennis.”

Former champion Andy Murray will be back on court later today
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Ex England captain Alastair Cook enjoyed his view from the Royal Box on day five of the tournament
Meghan Markle made a surprise appearance at Wimbledon yesterday
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The Duchess of Sussex came to Wimbledon on day four of the tennis[/caption]


She took in the action with pals as her friend Serena Williams played on Court 1[/caption]


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