Pippa Middleton has confessed trying to “get close” to British tennis star Tim Henman eight years ago, when she was 20 years old.

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The sister of Kate, aka Duchess Catherine, has become Vanity Fair magazine’s new contributing editor, and in her first piece she recalls queuing to get into the Wimbledon tennis championships at 5am.

In a section about her favourite Wimbledon moments, the 29-year-old wrote: “Queuing from 5am on People’s Sunday in 2004 with my sister for three hours and getting £35 tickets on Centre Court – my first time ever.

“Seats were a free-for-all and I recall almost tripping over myself trying to get as close as possible to my birthday twin – British hero Tim Henman. The atmosphere was electric – more of a carnival than a glorified garden party, which it so often is – and for once crowds were thankful for the British rain.”

Pippa also recalls being an aspiring tennis player and setting her sights on winning the prestigious tennis tournament.

She wrote: “I first went to Wimbledon when I was eight years old and already a very keen tennis player.

“During this first trip I acted on my childish tennis dreams and bought myself a postcard of the women’s championship trophy, on which I wrote, ‘I will win this one day,’ with my signature below.”

This year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament runs from 24 June – 7 July. Tickets available here.