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Kate and William show off their racket skills in fiercely competitive tennis match

NewsKate and William show off their racket skills in fiercely competitive tennis match

Kate and William reportedly enjoy playing doubles with friends, but notably always on opposite sides.

The intense game is a cross between squash and tennis but instead of a stringed rackets players use a solid padel.

Other celebrity fans include David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Elle Macpherson, with a total of 25 million players across the globe.

The Waleses have taken to play at luxury sports facilities near their home Adelaide Cottage in Windsor where they play for 90 minutes at a time.

Their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are generally not invited to join their parents.

One witness saw Kate and William playing with friends, telling The Sun: “I had to look twice as it seemed surreal but they were having a great time.

“William was on one team with a male friend and Kate was on the other team with a male friend and there was lots of banter and a lot of laughing but both sides fought every point.

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“They looked good at it and did not come across as beginners.”

Kate in particular loves to indulge for sports, some more adventurous than others as she was pictured abseiling on a royal visit to Wales earlier this year.

Last month, she paid a visit to the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust as part of Mental Health Awareness Week and joined high school students on some sporty activities.

She happily answered their questions about her royal life and how she initially found it more difficult to find her way in the royal household.

Oympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes, who was present at the event, said: “They were asking her about being a royal. Was it something she wanted to do?

“And she said she had to learn. It’s a struggle to know that you can be accepted and fit in and you are still learning every day.

“Doing public speaking isn’t a natural thing for lots of people is it? And she was saying she is still working that out but has to project. So you know again, she humanised everything. Not everyone is perfect.”

The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust enables top-class athletes to mentor young people who are facing adversity to help them grow in confidence and develop the skills they need to succeed in life.

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