David Beckham is a jack of all trades.
The former LA Galaxy football player has made no secrets of his love for other sports. This summer, he has been spending his time enjoying tennis at Wimbledon with his family. And when David Beckham is around, interesting things seem to happen.
During Jamie Murray (Andy Murray’s elder brother) and John Peers’ doubles semi-final against Jonathan Erlich and Philipp Petzschner on Thursday, David Beckham showed just why he could as easily have chosen a career as a baseball player, or a cricketer, or even a ball boy.
When Peers’ serve deflected into the Royal Box during the opening game of the second set, David Beckham caught the stray ball with an effortless motion of his hands, much to the delight of the Wimbledon crowd.
The camera tends to focus on him much after he releases the ball, and a bashful David Beckham can be seen appreciating the cheers from the crowd. Sitting next to him is David Beckham’s mother, Sandra Beckham.
Such was the attention on Beckham that even Jamie and Peers stopped to applaud his antics. But what is perhaps even more interesting is that it inspired the pair to come from one set down to win the semi-final 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. As reported on Wimbledon’s official site, Jamie Murray spoke about their performance after their win.
“This is our third year together which is quite a long time for a doubles team. A lot of the guys fall out and split up but we stuck at it and we got our reward: we are in the Wimbledon final!”
They then went on to face Jean-Julein Rojer and Horia Tecau in the final on Saturday July 11, 2015, and were ultimately defeated. Jamie Murray said that, despite their eventual loss, the tournament was a positive experience, reported Eurosport.
“We got to the final of Wimbledon, which is not so easy to do. I mean, my best result in a Grand Slam by quite some distance, I guess. It’s sad to lose but I guess overall it was a positive tournament.”
David Beckham was also present to watch Andy Murray’s semi-final match against Roger Federer on Friday, which the Swiss won 7-5 7-5 6-4. According to Eurosport, when a curious BBC journalist asked Murray if he felt under pressure with David Beckham watching, Murray was curt with his reply.
“He wasn’t a royal, was he?”
Meanwhile, David Beckham also celebrated his daughter Harper’s fourth birthday on Thursday, July 9, 2015 with a picture on Instagram. The caption next to the photo read:
“Sweet dreams my little 4-year-old… I think Harper Seven has had a fun packed day with her little friends… Good night little lady”
[Photo: @Wimbledon Twitter]