Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Should have kept your jacket on! Prince Albert and Princess Charlene sport his 'n' hers blazers to tennis

Should have kept your jacket on! Prince Albert and Princess Charlene sport his 'n' hers blazers to tennis, Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco wore matching navy blazers as they attended the final of the Monte Carlo Masters yesterday.

The his 'n' hers jackets with gold buttons were not a fashion conscious attempt to sync their wardrobes but are their official Monte Carlo Sporting Club uniforms.

The sporty royals were on hand to watch the tennis as Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal to the title in two sets, 6-2, 7-6.

Deuce: The Prince and Princess of Monaco wore matching navy Sport Club blazers with gold buttons to attend the tennis final

Enjoying the action: Princess Charlene cheers and pumps her fists as Novak Djokovic played Rafael Nadal

Sport fans: The royals are both former Olympians

Rain delayed the start of play on centre court for almost an hour but the sun soon came out to bask the players and spectators in Mediterranean heat.

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The royals, who tied the knot in 2011, were seen boisterously cheering and clapping during the match proving their presence was more a pleasure than a duty.

Tennis whites don't lie: The prince couldn't disguise his belly when he took to the clay court

Not so trim: The royal's paunch overhung his shorts as he took part in an exhibition match

Afterwards they presented the trophies to the tennis stars where the princess gave Serbian Djokovic a congratulatory hug.

Earlier in the day, Prince Albert indulged in a spot of tennis himself as he took part in an exhibition match with former professional players Guy Forget and Arnaud Boetsch and French TV presenter Patrick Poivre d'Arvor.

But while the 55-year-old had looked trim in his navy blazer, his tennis whites revealed he's no longer in the shape he was in as an Olympian.

Holding his own: The sporty prince took part in the match with former professional players

Competitive: The royal proved his agility as he served and moved around the court to return shots



A slight belly could be seen over-hanging his shorts as he took part in the match on the clay courts.


The prince competed in the bobsleigh in the Winter Olympics five times and remains a keen supporter of the Olympic movement. Meanwhile his glamorous wife, 35, is also a former swimming Olympian for South Africa.

But while the prince may have gained a couple of pounds since his Olympic glory days, he doesn't seem to have lost any of his agility, moving around the court and returning shots with ease.

Game, set, match: The couple presented the awards after the match where Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal to the title 6-2, 7-6

Well done: Princess Charlene gives Djokovic a congratulatory hug

However, he couldn't match up to the blistering tennis seen later in the day between Djokovic and Nadal. Djokovic ended Nadal's eight year reign as the champion of Monte Carlo as the injury-hit Spaniard continues his return to form.

'I knew after yesterday's match that I had a feeling that I had a big chance to win against Rafa if I was on the top of my game,' Djokovic said. 'The first six, seven games, eight games, were unbelievable. It's the best that I can play on clay.'

He added: 'I did not know if I was going to be a part of the tournament this year. I made a decision to play, right now, it's the best decision of my life.'

Prince Albert, 55, revealed he's no longer in the shape he was in as an Olympian

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